PSEBA Lawyers in Chicago, Illinois
Honest Legal Counsel for Injured Public Employees
The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA) is an Illinois-specific law that helps direct specific benefits to first responders who are hurt while working. Anesi Ozmon in Chicago can help determine if you are eligible for PSEBA. If you are, then we can then show you how to get those benefits with no stress added to your shoulders. It would be our honor to be there for first responders, just as you have been there for our community so many times before.
Who is Eligible for PSEBA?
First responders who are eligible for PSEBA include:
- Law enforcement officers
- Correctional officers
- Probation officers
To be eligible for PSEBA benefits, a qualifying first responder must have suffered a catastrophic injury while working and their injury was incurred while responding to an emergency, or while in response to fresh pursuit, or while investigating a criminal act, or as a result of an unlawful act perpetrated by another. Job injuries that happen that do not fit under one of these scenarios are not PSEBA-eligible, and typical workers’ compensation or disability claim steps should be followed instead. Furthermore, the family members of qualifying first responders are eligible for certain benefits if their loved one who qualified for PSEBA passes away from injuries suffered under one of these scenarios.
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
PSEBA cases can be complicated for many reasons, including the fact that the Act does not include a specific definition of a “catastrophic” injury. However, Illinois courts have defined a “catastrophic injury” as being any injury that precludes the injured first responder from continuing to work in their chosen profession. Injured first responders can run into a wall of trouble in their case if any other involved party tries to argue that the injuries in question are not technically “catastrophic.”
We can work with medical experts to get a full understanding of your injuries. With their prognosis and testimony, we can confidently argue that your injury is catastrophic and justifies the award of PSEBA benefits.
Examples of injuries that are commonly described as catastrophic include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Vision and/or hearing loss
- Internal derangement of the knee
- Failed rotator cuff surgery
- Significant hand injury
What Benefits Can PSEBA Grant?
The benefits available through PSEBA for an injured first responders can vary from case to case. It will be part of our job as your PSEBA attorneys to help make sure you get the maximum benefit owed to you if your case was wrongfully denied.
The focus of PSEBA, is to pay for healthcare insurance to the injured first responder. It can also provide healthcare insurance coverage to the first responder’s spouse and any children and dependent minors.
Contact Our Attorneys About Your Case
It is not an exaggeration to say that utilizing PSEBA and its benefits in Illinois can be a legal challenge. To allow you to focus solely on recovering from your injury, please let our Chicago PSEBA lawyers work on your case from start to finish. From initially filing a claim with the appropriate parties to responding to any challenges or inquiries, we can manage it all on your behalf.