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Disability Retirement

Disability Retirement Attorneys in California

California Disability Retirement Benefits Guidance

At Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld, our Santa Barbara disability retirement lawyers have protected the rights of public employees who are members of retirement systems like the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS) since 1956.

We are more than attorneys, we are advocates who provide precise legal advice and representation that exceeds our clients’ expectations so they can focus on obtaining the financial stability they need to pursue retirement without worry.

We are champions for justice, starting with your case. Contact us today to learn more.


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What Factors Determine Who is Eligible to Pursue Disability Retirement Benefits in California? 

In California, disability retirement benefits are typically provided to public employees who are active members of public employee retirement systems — like CalPERS and CalSTRS. 

While each system may have slightly different eligibility criteria, obtaining disability retirement benefits in California generally depends on the following common factors:

  • Disability Requirement

You must have a qualifying disability that prevents you from performing your regular job duties. The disability must be expected to be permanent or long-term. Qualifying disabilities can vary, but they typically include physical and mental impairments that make it impossible or significantly challenging for you to work.

  • Medical Evaluation 

Most retirement systems require those seeking benefits to undergo a medical evaluation by an approved medical professional to determine the extent and permanency of the disability.

  • Age and Service Requirements 

Some disability retirement benefits may have age and service requirements, including a minimum number of years of service or a certain age to qualify for full benefits.

Vesting requirements can vary depending on the specific retirement system.

  • Documentation and Application

Eligible individuals must provide documentation of their disability and follow the application process outlined by your retirement system. This typically includes submitting medical records and other required paperwork.

If you are a governmental employee and have a medical condition that makes it impossible to perform your job or a modified or alternative job with your same employer, you may be eligible for disability retirement benefits.

With seven offices throughout California, we are dedicated to serving our California residents and workforce when and where they need us. 

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