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We help state employees in Canton who can’t work maintain financial independence as they recover from illness or injury.

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if you or a public employee you know in Canton is

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Unable to work due to injury, illness, or permanent disability

As a public employee of the State of Ohio you could be eligible for disability benefits through the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System (OPERS), State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS), or School Employees Retirement System (SERS).

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Trying to obtain disability benefits without a long term disability lawyer

Experienced disability insurance lawyers know OPERS, STRS and SERS members can stay employed while their disability applications are being processed. You need expert help filling out OPERS Disability Forms.

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Overwhelmed or confused by the disability claims process

Many times routine claims are denied because they lack sufficient medical evidence or paperwork is filled out improperly. Your chances of winning improve when you have a lawyer.

As an OPERS attorney serving Canton, we can help.

Click below to request your free OPERS | STRS | SERS disability claim consultation from an OPERS disability attorney. You pay nothing unless we help you obtain benefits. That’s our promise.

How to Navigate OPERS | STRS | SERS Disability Claims Process in Canton

fighting for what is yours

Ohio Public Employees don’t pay into social security. Instead, they either pay into the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS), State Teachers’ Retirement System (STRS), or School Employees Retirement System (SERS). For decades, these organizations offered better disability packages than social security, but that all changed in 2013.

That year, a pension reform bill was passed, making it more difficult for members to obtain benefits. Today, members are jumping through more hoops to get much needed resources. And while the application process may look easy, it’s not. You need the best disability lawyer to get your OPERS disability benefits.

If an illness or injury are keeping you from earning a living, you deserve compensation. You’ve served Ohio in the City of Canton. It’s time for you and your family to get the benefits you deserve.  

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“I can’t say enough about Scott and Michelle. Scott is incredibly hands on and takes true pride in winning disability cases for his clients. My wife found him and we made contact and from there, it was nothing but hard work and communication from him… You guys saved my life in a way and I’ll forever be grateful.”

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We had fought for 2 yrs for my case. Scott fought for my case from day one and never backed down. He invested time and understanding in my condition to ensure that my case was solid. And we won! I am thankful for everything he did for me and his team was amazing. Thank you!

Professional

We had fought for 2 yrs for my case. Scott fought for my case from day one and never backed down. He invested time and understanding in my condition to ensure that my case was solid. And we won! I am thankful for everything he did for me and his team was amazing. Thank you!

Hi, I’m Scott Kolligian

My team is here to help

I understand how complicated the disability claims process can be for public employees in Canton. That’s why I’ve spent my entire career fighting to make it easier. Over the last 15 years, my team and I have helped thousands of people like you obtain disability benefits from Ohio’s public employee pension funds.

Whether you’re just getting started or received a recent denial, we can help you navigate through the OPERS, SERS, or STRS disability claims process.

Frequently Asked Questions

about OPERS DISABILITY

What does a disability lawyer do?

A skilled and experienced disability lawyer will speak with the disabled worker personally to make sure he or she fully understands the impact that all medical conditions have on the worker’s ability to perform his or her (or any) job. The lawyer will then put together a thorough plan to gather all of the evidence needed to support the worker’s application or appeal for disability benefits. This includes reviewing all forms and medical records to identify issues before they become a problem. The lawyer will work with the disabled worker’s medical team to obtain necessary certifications from the providers without taking up their valuable time. A disability lawyer should have experience with appealing denials, attending hearings to present arguments on the disabled worker’s behalf, and even challenging cases in court where it is appropriate and necessary.

What are my chances of getting disability with a lawyer?

This is an extremely difficult question to answer because every case comes with its own challenges and unique differences. However, under no circumstances should your chances of recovering disability fall because you hired a lawyer. Even in cases where the medical evidence supporting disability is incredibly strong, an experienced disability attorney should be able to help you avoid unnecessary delays like problems with forms being rejected, difficulties obtaining certifications of disability from your doctors, or even delays caused by medical records departments not sending the medical file to the medical review board.

Can I get OPERS Disability and Social Security at the same time?

While it is possible that someone can receive both OPERS disability and Social Security disability at the same time, it is very rare. OPERS disability requires that you have worked for a minimum of 5 years in the public sector and that you submit an application for disability within 2 years of the date you were last paid by your public employer. Social Security disability, on the other hand, requires that you have worked and paid “substantial wages” into Social Security in 20 quarters (think 5 years) out of the 10 years prior to your disability. Even if you do qualify for both, a provision called WEP, the Windfall Elimination Provision, will reduce your Social Security disability benefits due to your receipt of the public disability benefits.

What can you get disability for under OPERS?

Nearly any medical condition (or combination of conditions), if properly supported by the medical records, can qualify someone for a disability benefit. The important requirements for a condition to be disabling are that it must be “permanent” (which simply means it should last at least 1 full year or more), and must be identified on the form that your doctor must fill out to certify that you are not capable of performing your last public employment position.

How do I qualify for OPERS Disability?

To qualify for a disability through OPERS, you must have at least 5 years of service in the public sector (unless you are in law enforcement and injured in the line of duty), have a condition (or conditions) that are expected to last at least one year, and have a doctor (an MD or DO) certify that your conditions prevent you from performing your last job in the public sector. OPERS will review this information, will likely have you evaluated by one of its doctors, and then will issue a determination on whether it agrees that you are unable to perform the duties of your last job. If so, you will qualify for a disability benefit, subject to reviews and even a change in the definition of disability down the road.

How long do I have to work for OPERS to get a disability pension?

Typically, you must have 5 years of public service before being covered for a disability benefit. Your disability must occur within 2 years of your final public sector pay. However, special rules apply to law enforcement who become disabled earlier if the disability was due to a line of duty injury. 

How long do you have to be off before you can go on OPERS disability?

You can continue working while applying for a public sector disability. You do not have to quit or even take medical leave before applying for a disability benefit. Once your disability is approved, however, you must resign your position by the end of the month after your disability is approved.

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Meet with me, not a case manager. I will help you determine the best possible way to present your claim and maximize your benefits.

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We coordinate with medical providers and other experts, submit your documentation, and communicate with decision-makers directly.

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We help you obtain the compensation and long-term care you need to re-establish yourself as a reliable financial provider for your family.

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During your consultation, I will personally review your case, explain the best way to proceed with your claim, and connect you with community resources to help provide immediate relief.

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Apply Quickly. Obtain Benefits. Recover With Dignity.

During your consultation, I will personally review your case, explain the best way to proceed with your claim, and connect you with community resources to help provide immediate relief.

That’s our promise

Need Help Understanding the STATE DISABILITY CLAIMS PROCESS?

With this free resource, you’ll be able to quickly identify which programs you’re eligible for, learn simple tips to help you build a stronger claim, and determine when it’s a good idea to seek legal representation.     

By requesting a copy of The Ohio Disability Guide: Understanding the Claims Process in Less Than 10 Minutes, you are authorizing Scott M. Kolligian, Esq., to contact you via the email address provided. You may opt-out at any time .

Have peace of mind with your OPERS Disability in Canton, OH

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As a public employee in Canton who has served the state of Ohio, you deserve to claim any disability benefits you are eligible for. 

However, it’s hard to find an Ohio attorney who is on your side and can help simplify the process for you. After all, there can be so many papers and processes to wade through to claim your benefits! 

We understand that. And that is where Scott Kolligian comes in. Our office takes care of all the complicated legal processes for you so you can claim the benefits you deserve as simply and easily as possible. 

Our goal is to get you back out enjoying the city as soon as possible. After all, there are so many attractions in Canton you wouldn’t want to miss, such as: 

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame 
  • Gervasi Vineyard 
  • Canton Classic Car Museum 
  • McKinley Presidential Library and Museum 
  • National First Ladies Library 
  • Blue Water Majesty Museum 
  • Canton Palace Theatre
  • Tom Benson Stadium 
  • Canton Museum of Art 
  • Petros Lake Park 
  • And more! 

We want you to be able to get back out there and enjoy all these attractions! 

Known for being the home of President William McKinley and the headquarters of his “front porch campaign,” Canton lies in Northeastern Ohio, just south of Akron. 

Canton is also notable for being the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the birthplace of the National Football League. 

Today, Canton covers over 25 square miles of land and has a population of almost 80,000 people. 

The Canton homepage describes the city like this: 

Located in northeastern Ohio, the City of Canton provides its residents with many benefits of big-city living while maintaining its charm as a medium-sized Midwestern town. Canton is home to many well-known national landmarks like the National Football League (NFL) Pro Football Hall of Fame, the William McKinley Presidential Library/National Monument, and the National First Ladies Library and Research Center.

We hope Canton continues to thrive! 

If you live in Canton and are looking to claim disability benefits, our services are for you. We serve all neighborhoods and zip codes in Canton: 

Avondale, Banker Heights, Belden Village, Colonial Heights, Crystal Park, Downtown Canton, Edgefield, Edmeyer Park, Fairgrounds, Fairmount, Gambrinus, Gibbs, Hampton Park Estates, Harter Heights, Market Heights, Meyers Lake, Mount Vernon, Newton Zone, Northeast Canton, Northwest Canton, Plain Center Estates, Reedurban, Ridgewood, Southwest Canton, Summit, The Knolls, Village of Hills and Dales, West Park, Westbrook, Whipple Heights, Whittier Park

 44701, 44702, 44703, 44704, 4705, 44706, 44707, 44708, 44709, 44710, 44711, 44714, 44718, 44720, 44721, 44730, 44735, 44750, 44767, 44799

We look forward to hearing from you!