Anxiety and long-term disability benefits.

Many people struggle with anxiety, but most will respond to medication or other treatments. For some, however, this disorder becomes so overwhelming that they are unable to participate in normal activities, including employment. Whether a person is approved for long-term disability benefits for this depends on various factors. However, any type of claim for mental illness is more difficult to prove than physical injuries or diseases. Jan A. Fishman can assist you in preparing a long-term disability claim due to anxiety. Jan has been a lawyer for 30 years, and has assisted hundreds of people...

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When returning to work is a risky proposition.

As workplaces slowly begin to reopen over the next several weeks and months, many of us might feel anxious about returning to work and the possibility of being exposed to COVID-19. However, if you are someone who has a medical condition that puts you at an increased risk for serious complications from COVID-19, you might decide that returning to work right now is not worth the risk. If you do decide not to return to work, you might be wondering whether you can apply for disability insurance benefits (such as short-term or long-term disability benefits), either through your employer’s group...

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What are the top 5 reasons insurers deny long-term disability claims?

#1 – Insufficient Medical Documentation Insurance companies will often state that the medical documentation you provided does not support your claim that you are disabled from working. This is a catch-all tactic. They often do not explain why your documents are insufficient. If your doctors or treatment providers support your disability, you should generally qualify for your LTD policy. #2 – You Are Not “Totally Disabled” This is a conveniently misleading term that was crafted by insurance companies. The term “totally disabled” does not mean you need to be paralyzed,...

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Will it hurt my disability claim if I cannot get in to see my doctor?

I represent people whose disability claims have been terminated or denied. A number of claims are denied on the basis that the insured has either been (a) not been receiving enough treatment or (b) not receiving the right treatment. This is typically a requirement under your insurance policy. During this period of self-isolation and social distancing due to COVID-19, and with fewer doctors scheduling appointments during this time, this requirement to get treatment becomes more difficult. I’ve been receiving a number of phone calls from concerned clients who have told me that they are having...

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What if I cannot work because the pandemic is affecting my mental health?

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a lot of uncertainty for individuals across our country.  For many, the fear of contracting and transmitting the coronavirus and the struggles with self-isolation have led to severe anxiety, depression and other forms of psychological harm.  Several of our clients have reached out to us already with these growing concerns.  So, don’t worry – you’re not alone! You may be asking yourself: Will I get the coronavirus? If so, how serious will it be? Will I be able to get the right treatment for the coronavirus?  How about for my...

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Effortlessly Persuasive: A Trial Lawyer Shares Insights

I was recently interviewed for an interesting article about persuasion by Ruth-Anne Eisler Business Writer, Editor, and Corporate Communications Specialist. Persuading: it’s a key component of business communication, even for those with expert knowledge of their subject matter. From a presentation to a pitch to meeting with potential clients, the ability to persuade is a necessary and practical communication skill for all of us—and arguably one of the most important skills you’ll need in 2020 (and beyond). And who better to discuss than a trial lawyer, one who routinely appears before...

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