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Eligibility Requirements for Applying for PERA Disability Benefits

November 30, 2014

The Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA) is a program intended to provide disability benefits (as well as other benefits) to certain government employees in Colorado. As with other disability benefit programs, however, there are some specific eligibility requirements for applying for PERA disability benefits, and meeting these requirements is critical to obtaining benefits. Below, we will…

Qualifying and Applying for the Colorado PERA Disability Program (Pt. 2)

October 31, 2014

Resuming Qualifying and Applying for the Colorado PERA Disability Program (Pt. 1), here, we will continue our discussion regarding what you need to do in order to obtain benefits via the Colorado PERA Disability Program. While the first part of this blog series focused on pointing out the specific eligibility requirements for qualifying for the PERA…

Qualifying and Applying for the Colorado PERA Disability Program (Pt. 1)

October 30, 2014

When the employees of public agencies get hurt, the Colorado PERA (Public Employees’ Retirement Association) Disability Program may provide them with essential benefits to help them recover and get back to work. In this two-part blog series, we will provide you with an overview of the eligibility requirements for applying for the Colorado PERA Disability…

Unum Insurance Mishandling Colorado PERA Disability Claims?

April 23, 2013

We have recently discovered a major failing in the way Unum Insurance is administering and deciding Colorado PERA disability claims. If you are reading this blog, you are likely aware that Unum Insurance is the Disability Program Administrator for the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association (Colorado PERA) Disability Program. This is a two-tiered disability program which…

COLORADO PERA SHORT TERM DISABILITY BENEFIT CASE ARGUED TO THE COURT OF APPEALS

January 30, 2013

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of presenting oral argument to a panel of the Colorado Court of Appeals on the appropriateness of Colorado PERA’s (and Standard Insurance Company’s former) administration of the short term disability program, on behalf of three clients whose cases had been consolidate for the appeal. One of these cases seeks class…

SUCCESSFUL PERA DISABILIY APPEAL TO UNUM INSURANCE FOR CLIENT

March 3, 2012

Our office was recently successful in obtaining Colorado PERA* disability retirement benefits on behalf of a former teacher suffering with Marfan’s syndrome and several other medical conditions. Standard Insurance agreed our client could no longer perform her job as a teacher, and that she was fully disabled for a brief four-month period of time, during which PERA…

CLIENT IS SUCCESSFUL WITH HIS PERA DISABILITY RETIREMENT CLAIM

December 23, 2011

As mentioned elsewhere on this website and in our various blogs, Unum Life Insurance Company assumed the role as the Disability Program Administrator for the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association’s (PERA) Disability Program. Unum became the administrator on January 1, 2011. If a PERA Member submitted a claim for disability prior to the end of…

UPDATE ON PERA DISABILITY RETIREMENT CLASS ACTION

September 23, 2011

As a reader of this blog site, you are likely aware of the class action lawsuit filed by the Law Office of Shawn E. McDermott against Standard Insurance Company and the Colorado Public Employee Retirement Association (PERA). This case is pending in Denver District Court. The basis of the lawsuit is our firm conviction that…

CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST STANDARD INSURANCE AND PERA

March 10, 2011

On Monday, March 7, 2011, our office filed a class action lawsuit against The Standard Insurance Company and Colorado Public Employees Retirement Act (PERA). The basis of this class action lawsuit is discussed in several prior blogs on this website. You may want to review our prior blog from August 26, 2010 as well as…

A RISE IN PERA DISABILTY CLAIM DENIALS BY STANDARD INSURANCE??

January 19, 2011

We have received an alarming increase in the number of phone calls from PERA Members whose disability claims have been denied by Standard Insurance Company. This office first started noticing this up-tick in incoming calls in the fall of 2010. The fact that Standard Insurance will be replaced by Unum Insurance as the PERA Disability…