10 Important Questions to Ask a Disability Firm Before You Hire Them
1. Does the firm specialize in disability insurance law?
DarrasLaw is the largest disability and long-term care insurance litigation firm in the nation focusing EXCLUSIVELY on individual and group long-term disability cases for policyholders. We are the most honored and highly decorated firm in the country. Our founding partner, Frank N. Darras has seen, evaluated, litigated and resolved more individual and long-term disability cases than any other lawyer in America.
2. What is your experience in handling claims with my disabling condition?
DarrasLaw has over 100 years of combined litigation and insurance claim experience representing people with every type of illness and disability imaginable, including: M.S., cardiovascular problems, Chrons, I.B.S., digestive issues, cancer, COVID-19, respiratory, lung and neurological conditions, back, neck and foot issues, and every type of accident causing disability.
3. What is your litigation experience against my insurance carrier?
Disability insurance carriers ALL know we get our clients terrific results due to our national success and repeated litigation victories. We have successfully litigated and resolved cases against Unum, Minnesota Mutual, Lincoln Financial, Hartford, Aetna, Prudential, MetLife, Lloyds of London, CIGNA, Mutual of Omaha, Liberty, New York and many, many more.
4. What do past clients say about DarrasLaw?
Our clients say we’re “Extraordinary,” “They were treated like family,” “They felt they were the only case in our office,” “We [DarrasLaw] constantly communicated effectively” and “We [DarrasLaw] empathized with them.”
Our attorneys are called “Exceptional at what they do,” “Supremely knowledgeable,” “Professional,” “Caring,” “The Best of The Best! Period!,” “You are in a disability league of your own!” “Thank you is so inadequate,” and “You changed our lives.”
5. Is your free case review and free claim advice truly free?
At DarrasLaw, we always offer free consultations on all individual and group disability insurance matters. We know it is a different way to practice law, but we put our clients’ needs as our top priority. No matter the size of your claim you receive real help in addressing your medical, financial and occupational claim issues.
6. What are the firm’s online reviews?
With scores of online reviews going back many years, DarrasLaw has a perfect rating with AVVO, the top online attorney rating service and 4.8 out of 5.0 stars with Google reviews.
7. Are you recognized by these prominent award organizations?
Best Law Firms in America has rated DarrasLaw as Tier 1 law firm, LawDragon has put Frank N. Darras in its Top 500 Lawyers in America for 16 years in a row, the Daily Journal named Frank N. Darras a Top Healthcare Attorney in California, not to mention Super Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell “AV-Preeminent,” the highest attainable rating, Best Lawyers in America rating every year since 2006, Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the Nation, Insurance Bad Faith Top 10 Trial Lawyer in the nation, LawDragon Top 500 Employment Lawyer, LawDragon Top 500 Consumer Lawyer, Lead Counsel Rated, Lawyers of Distinction, 10/10 “superb” rating from AVVO, A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau, RUE rating is: Best Lawyers in America, ASLA Top 100 Lawyers, America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyer and more.
8. Who is going to handle my case and what type of ongoing communication can I expect?
You’ll be assigned a point person, lawyer, paralegal, secretary and administrative contact support person on your particular case, but we take a team approach to every client we serve. We are here to quickly respond to questions and are always available if you need us.
9. How do you handle cases and are you willing to take mine to trial?
Insurance companies will tell you DarrasLaw hires the top medical, financial and vocational experts and prepares their clients’ files impeccably. We’ve taken cases all the way to the courtroom and won at trial or on appeal whenever appropriate.
10. What type of resources does the firm have at its disposal to represent me?
DarrasLaw has a renowned and honored disability insurance staff to providing a highly qualified, in-depth analysis of complex disability sickness and accident claims. We have the resources to do battle with any insurance company across the entire United States. You are never too far away or have a valid disability claim that’s too large or too small for DarrasLaw. We care about our clients, their issues and how we can ease the disability burden. Our legal expertise and repeated success takes care of the dollars.
DarrasLaw knows no one ever wants to be injured, sick or disabled. Unfortunately, there is a lot to consider when an injury or debilitating illness prevents you from working. Once you are disabled, your focus should be on a quick, complete recovery and getting better. In reality, your life will certainly get busier. Between doctor’s visits, testing, picking up prescriptions at the pharmacy and the never ending claim requests along with communicating with your disability insurance company, you’ll be in a potentially difficult situation. Adding worry about your current finances, while filing and trying to successfully complete confusing and tricky disability claim forms can be incredibly debilitating and overwhelming.
Hiring the right disability lawyer to handle your disability claim is the best way to reduce your stress and get the benefits you paid for and you are entitled to receive. Below are six tips to use as a guide or checklist to determine which disability lawyer will work out best for you and your family.