Your source for the latest health, disability and Insurance news and tips

What employees should know about filing a claim for disability benefits


As we’ve discussed all week, employees across the nation are currently in the middle of their annual enrollment periods, such that in the coming days they’ll not only have to make important determinations concerning their health insurance and contributions to health savings accounts, but also life insurance and disability insurance.

Those employees who have made — or are planning to make — the wise decision to secure disability coverage after carefully considering their employer-sponsored options are to be commended for their foresight. Indeed, as we stated earlier, even though group disability insurance is typically less exhaustive than private disability plans, some coverage is better than none.

While you certainly hope the day will never come when you have to file a claim for benefits under this newly acquired coverage, statistics suggest that it may happen.

n case you have a hard time believing it, consider that the Social Security Administration has found that a 20-year-old worker has a 25 percent chance of suffering a disability, while a recent report from the U.S. Department of Labor found that private industry employers reported 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2015 alone.

Employees who do someday find themselves in this unenviable position should not only take comfort from the fact that they are covered, but also from the fact that their group disability plan is covered by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, otherwise known as ERISA.

For those unfamiliar with this landmark federal law, ERISA essentially safeguards disability benefits and establishes standards for plan administrators. Specifically, the DOL, acting under the auspices of ERISA, has created various rules and regulations covering benefit claims processing, timelines for decisions and options if a disability claim is denied.

In our next few posts, we’ll explore some of these rules and regulations promulgated the DOL.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, “Filing a claim for your health or disability benefits,” November 2016

Our Promise To Our Clients:

  • FREE: Consultations and Insurance Case Evaluations Are Always Free
  • UNDERSTANDING: We understand how you feel. Our clients are often at the very bottom of their life, feeling emotionally, physically, and financially exhausted.
  • PASSIONATE PEOPLE: Our expert Attorneys and Dedicated Staff Love The Work We Do. We are Compassionate, Caring, and Results Driven.
  • UNPARALLELED RESOURCES: We will not be bullied or outspent by billion-dollar insurance companies or their army of lawyers. 
  • RESPECTED: We have fought and won the respect of every disability and Long-term care insurance carrier for our policyholders.
  • RESULTS: Frank Darras and his firms have recovered nearly a $1 billion dollars in wrongfully denied insurance benefits to date, and we put that proven track record to work for you and your family.

DarrasLaw is Americas' most honored and decorated disability litigation firm in the country. Mr. Darras has seen more, evaluated more, litigated more, and resolved more individual and group long term disability and long-term care cases than any other lawyer in the United States.

Request a Free, Confidential Case Review.
Skip to content