Oregon Statutes - Chapter 238A - Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan - Section 238A.235 - Disability benefit.

(1) Subject to subsection (3) of this section, an active member of the pension program described in subsection (2) of this section who becomes disabled shall receive a disability benefit in the amount of 45 percent of the salary of the member determined as of the last full month of employment before the disability commences.

(2) The provisions of this section apply only to:

(a) A member, other than a school employee as defined by ORS 238A.140, who has accrued 10 years or more of retirement credit before the member becomes disabled;

(b) A member who is a school employee as defined by ORS 238A.140 and who was an active member in 10 or more calendar years before the member becomes disabled; or

(c) A member who becomes disabled by reason of injury or disease sustained while in the actual performance of duty.

(3)(a) Except as provided by paragraph (b) of this subsection, the sum of the monthly amount of the disability benefit under this section and of any monthly payment by reason of temporary total disability or permanent total disability under the provisions of ORS chapter 656 may not exceed 75 percent of the memberís monthly salary, determined as of the date the member becomes disabled. The Public Employees Retirement Board shall reduce any disability benefit payable under this section in the amount determined to be necessary by the board to meet the limitation imposed by this subsection.

(b) This subsection does not affect cost-of-living adjustments under ORS 238A.210, and increases in the monthly amount of the disability benefit under this section due to those cost-of-living adjustments may not be considered by the Public Employees Retirement Board in determining whether the limitation imposed by this subsection has been exceeded.

(4) A disability retirement pension under this section shall be paid until:

(a) The member is no longer disabled; or

(b) The member attains normal retirement age under ORS 238A.160.

(5) A member is considered to be disabled for the purpose of this section if the member is found, after being examined by one or more physicians selected by the board, to be mentally or physically incapacitated for an extended duration and unable to perform any work for which qualified, by reason of injury or disease that was not intentionally self-inflicted. [2003 c.733 §25a; 2005 c.808 §36]

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