The Public Safety Officer’s Benefits Act was passed by Congress in 1976 and provided benefits to Public Safety Officers such as police Officers, Firefighters, EMTs, Correction Officers, FBI and Secret Service Agents.
The attorneys at Beirne & Wirthlin have extensive experience in representing public safety officers and/or their families. We have traveled throughout the United States to attend hearings. We have obtained numerous favorable results and have secured in excess of Two Million Dollars in benefits for their clients through the PSOB Act.
The Act provides death benefits to eligible survivors of a Public Safety Officer whose death was the direct and proximate result of a traumatic injury sustained in the line of duty.
The Act also provides disability benefits to a Public Safety Officer who has been rendered permanently and totally disabled from all forms of employment as a direct and proximate result of catastrophic injuries sustained in the line of duty.
Occupational diseases and psychological conditions such as stress, depression and PTSD not covered by the PSOB Act.
In 2003 Congress passed the Hometown Heroes Survivors Benefits Act. Death benefits are paid to eligible surviving family members of a public safety officer who died in the line of duty as a direct and proximate result of a heart attack, stroke or vascular rupture.
Death and permanent total disability benefits are paid in the form of a lump sum.
The PSOB program also includes benefits entitled the Public Safety Officers’ Educational Assistance Act. The Act provides financial assistance to eligible family members for the payment of higher education after the initial PSOB death or permanent total disability application has been approved and benefits have been awarded.