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Disability Retirement

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LGERS

The Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System (LGERS) disability retirement provides payments to its members in the form of monthly disability retirement benefits if you become disabled while you are a permanent employee under LGERS and you meet certain eligibility requirements. Refer to the LGERS Disability Retirement FAQs for details and application information.

LGERS Disability Retirement FAQs

TSERS

The Teachers and State Employees Retirement System (TSERS) disability retirement provides payments to its members in the form of monthly disability retirement benefits if you become disabled while you are a permanent employee under TSERS and you meet certain eligibility requirements. If you do not have five or more years of maintained TSERS retirement membership service credit prior to January 1, 1988, you are not eligible for TSERS disability retirement benefits. Refer to the TSERS Disability Retirement FAQs for details and application information.

TSERS Disability Retirement FAQs

TSERS may be eligible for Disability Income Plan of North Carolina (DIPNC) benefits.

See the Applying for Disability web page for more details

 

Consolidated Judicial Retirement System Disability Retirement Information

After five years of creditable service and while serving in a judicial capacity, if you become permanently disabled and are unable to continue your judicial service, as approved by the Medical Review Board, you may be eligible to apply for disability retirement benefits.

Your disability benefit under the Maximum Allowance is calculated using the same formula as a service retirement benefit and you may choose any payment option except Option 4. If you choose a survivorship option, it will be calculated using disability reduction percentages. In calculating the disability retirement benefit, your final compensation is calculated as of your disability retirement date, but creditable service is counted as though you continue working to age 65, not to exceed 24 years.

Firefighters' and Rescue Squad Workers' Pension Fund Disability Retirement Information

After 10 years of creditable service, if you become totally and permanently disabled (as approved by the pension fund’s Medical Review Board) and can no longer perform the duties of a firefighter or rescue squad worker, you are eligible for disability retirement status. If your disability is the result of a non-duty related activity, you must continue to pay monthly into the fund until you have paid for 20 years. At age 55, you may apply to receive your monthly benefit provided you have made contributions for 20 years.

If you become totally and permanently disabled (as approved by the pension fund’s Medical Review Board) while performing your duties as a firefighter or rescue squad worker, you may apply to receive a monthly pension when you reach age 55. After being approved for a line-of-duty disability, you will no longer have to make contributions to the pension fund.

Legislative Retirement System Disability Retirement Information

After five years of creditable service and while a contributing member of the General Assembly, if you become permanently disabled before your 60th birthday and are unable to continue your service as a member of the General Assembly, as approved by the Medical Review Board, you are eligible for disability retirement benefits.

Your disability benefit under the Maximum Allowance is calculated using the same formula as a service retirement benefit and you may choose any payment option. If you choose a survivorship option, it will be calculated using disability reduction percentages. In calculating the disability retirement benefit, your highest annual salary as a member of the General Assembly is determined and your creditable service is counted as though you continue membership to age 60.