How does NYCERS determine if I am disabled?

NYCERS has established a Medical Board to hear each application for disability retirement. This three doctor panel is charged with reviewing all the evidence a member submits in support of their claim for benefits and is also required to physically examine the injured/ill worker. Once examined, the Medical Board will recommend to the NYCERS governing body, the Board of Trustees, whether or not to approve or deny your claim. By law, the Board of Trustees cannot overturn the Medical Boards determination regarding a member’s fitness for duty, but must make its own determination on issues regarding the accidental nature of your injury and casual relationship, that is, whether your injury was caused by the specific accident alleged in the application.