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Lyme Disease Is a Mental Illness? Your Disability Insurer May Think So

Posted May 10, 2018

Helping Those Suffering from Lyme Disease Get the Disability Benefits They Deserve With the arrival of summer, most of the nation knows it’s time to break out the bug spray. Lyme disease has become a serious medical concern around the country with devastating long term problems. It’s even reported that disease-carrying ticks are appearing in […]

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Disabled in the National Economy versus Disabled From Your Actual Job: Why Does it Matter?

Posted May 8, 2018

Individual or group long-term disability (LTD) insurance is designed to protect a portion of your income, as defined in your policy, if you suffer an injury or illness that leaves you unable to work. If you are self-employed or an independent contractor, you may have an individual long-term disability policy that you purchased from an […]

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The Role of Overused and Insurance-Biased Doctors in Individual and Group Long-Term Disability Claims

Posted March 22, 2018

So, you filed a valid claim for individual or group long-term disability insurance benefits. During the disability claim process, you provided documentation from multiple doctors, hospitals, and pharmacies describing the nature of your injury or illness, all of your restrictions and limitations, plus pharmacy records, physical therapist or mental health counselor evaluations, and more. Unfortunately, […]

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Glossary of Disability Insurance Terms: What They Really Mean for You

Posted March 20, 2018

Private, for-profit corporations generally deliver individual and group long-term disability insurance benefits. Thus, every disability insurance policy contract is ultimately designed to protect the issuing disability insurance company’s bottom line. Essential disability benefits are the same under most individual or group long-term disability insurance plans—that is, you should receive income-replacement payments if you are sick […]

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Individual and Group Disability Insurance Definitions: The Layperson v. The Legal Terms

Posted March 15, 2018

Individual and Group Disability Insurance Definitions: The Layperson v. The Legal Terms Helping Beneficiaries Understand Their Confusing Individual and Group Disability Insurance Policies What comes to mind when you think of the term disability? Do you see someone in a wheelchair, with a guide dog, or walking with an aid? Webster’s defines “disability” as “a […]

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How Offsets Can Affect Your Group Disability Health Benefits

Posted January 5, 2018

Offsets Can Affect Your Group Short- and Long-Term Disability Benefits People who are eligible to receive short- and long-term disability insurance should know that any benefits they receive from other income sources could seriously reduce their monthly disability benefits. Offsets are policy provisions that permit your insurer to deduct other sources of income you receive […]

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NEW JERSEY FEDERAL COURT EXAMINES OWN-OCCUPATION POLICY CLAIM

Posted December 30, 2017

In October 2017, a U.S. District Court judge in New Jersey issued a blistering opinion, finding that a disability insurer had been arbitrary and capricious in the termination of disability benefits. At the time of denial, the insurance company had already paid benefits for seven years under an own-occupation disability insurance policy. The unpublished opinion […]

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Disability Insurance Denials

Posted August 30, 2017

Long-term disability (LTD) insurance provides beneficiaries with a portion of their income if they become ill or injured and cannot work for extended periods (usually more than 90 days). To receive disability benefits, policyholders must file a timely proof of loss and disability claim that insurers approve. Often, disability claims are wrongfully delayed or denied, […]

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Understanding the Common Causes of Disability Claims (Part II)

Posted May 26, 2017

We recently explored five common causes of disability claims in honor of Disability Insurance Awareness Month. As we discussed in part one of this series, many Americans have misconceptions about what legally qualifies as a disabling sickness or illness. The Council for Disability Awareness reports that one in three women and one in four men […]

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Understanding the Common Causes of Disability Claims (Part I)

Posted May 12, 2017

When you think of a disability, what comes to mind? Many Americans have misconceptions about what restrictions and limitations constitute a disability. In addition, there is often confusion regarding what legally qualifies as a disabling sickness or illness. According to the Council for Disability Awareness, one in three women and one in four men will […]

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