Business Owner Disability Insurance Claim Help Tips

If you own a Business, whether large or small, and are in need of disability benefits, it is important to understand what it takes to get your long term disability claim approved. Our disability lawyers have helped hundreds of Business Owners nationwide and we know what the disability insurance companies require in order for your long term disability benefits to get paid.

In our Business Owner disability insurance claim help tips video, attorneys Stephen Jessup and Gregory Dell discuss common disability insurance claim issues related to Business Owners, whether you are already on disability, have been denied disability, or if you are planning to file a disability claim.

How Do Disability Companies Define the Occupation of a Business Owner?

The job duties of a  Business Owner will vary significantly, and it will depend on what type of company you own, and in what industry, so it is important that insurance companies understand these potential variances. There is no broad-sweeping definition of what it means to be a Business Owner, and insurance companies may try to understand your duties by speaking to your employees and in talking to you so it is essential that you provide all details concerning the physical and mental duties required as a Business Owner, whether you are on-site performing work duties and/or functioning as an owner and investor. 

Are Your Financial Records Required By The Insurance Company?

Insurance companies may look back a number of years into your financial records to determine what loss you’ve incurred when you became disabled under the policy. It is important to have accurate records, showing all of your expenses versus your own investments and income during the period leading up to your disability. 

It’s also possible that you are disabled and keep your ownership of the company and hire someone else to perform your prior occupational duties. In other words, the insurance company may view your occupation in two separate ways, one as an owner, and the other, as someone who is hands-on running the company on a daily basis. Either way, if you have a health condition that prevents you from performing one or either function you may win your long term disability benefits.  Defining your occupation and your potential income loss can be difficult to do but reinforces the importance of keeping accurate records concerning your finances leading up to your disability and conveying the normal duties you performed to the insurance company prior to becoming disabled.

Can You Receive Benefits While Owning A Business?

You can remain an owner while disabled and not put in any significant time into the business, but still receive “passive” income, meaning simply that you are an owner, but not performing day-to-day activities to keep the business running. You are disabled from working a normal schedule according to the policy and cannot perform the duties of your occupation you previously performed but you still receive an income as an investor or owner. The insurance company typically doesn’t care where the income comes from, and may view no loss of income as evidence that you are not disabled, even if the medical evidence supports that you cannot perform your normal work duties. 

How Can You Win Disability Benefits?

Having a strategic plan in place before applying for long term disability benefits, or if your claim is denied and you need to appeal, is crucial. With all disability claims, establishing and continuing regular care with your treating physicians and being able to provide medical support for why your condition interferes with your ability to perform your occupation as a Business Owner is what is required to win your long term disability benefits. Having a conversation with your physician, and documenting those conversations and medical findings to support your inability to work is a necessary step in getting your disability claim approved.

Insurance companies primarily determine if you are disabled as a Business owner based on the specific physical and mental demands of being a Business Owner of your company, and based on the medical records and information from your physician, as well as the financial records you maintain as a Business Owner. Just as you have a strategic plan as a Business Owner to run a company, you should have a strategic plan regarding your long term disability. 

How We Can Help

You should search our website and learn much more information about your disability insurance company and the process of obtaining short or long term disability benefits. We have already represented hundreds of Business Owners and we know what to expect and know how to help you. We represent claimants nationwide and have hundreds of references available. Give our attorneys a call and we will provide you with an initial free review of your policy or your denial letter if you’ve been denied. We will let you know right away if we can assist with your disability claim.

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Unum

Unum Closed My Case Today

Reviewed by Scott C. on July 5th 2024   Verified Policyholder | March 2023 date of disability
Unum will keep you around, if they pay you 100 a month. But as soon as have to pay more than 2700 a month, they will drop you. We will be going to the attorneys office fir... read more >
Hartford

Ran me Around for Months

Reviewed by David on July 5th 2024   Verified Policyholder | January 2024 date of disability
Scammers. Immoral horrible people.
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It’s horrible that Hartford did that to you.

Prudential

Denied but Not Denied but I am Denied

Reviewed by KDDK on July 5th 2024   Verified Policyholder | August 2022 date of disability
I went out in Aug. 2022 for neck pain. After seeing a neurologist I had to get an ACDF C5-7, it was also determined I had carpal tunnel in my right hand and bulging disk i... read more >
New York Life

Claiming They Are Not Receiving Paperwork

Reviewed by Macey on June 26th 2024   Verified Policyholder | February 2024 date of disability
After suffering from medical issues from my delivery in February, I had to have a colostomy bag placed. Now New York Life is trying to claim my condition was pre-existing ... read more >
Hartford

Truly Horrible and Immoral Company with No Customer Service

Reviewed by William M. on June 26th 2024   Verified Policyholder | June 2020 date of disability
My experiences with Hartford have been nothing short of cruel. They started off by claiming that having Glioblastoma, which has an expected life span of about fifteen mont... read more >
Hartford

Sent my Direct Deposit to a Strangers Bank Acct

Reviewed by Brad on May 2nd 2024   Verified Policyholder | February 2024 date of disability
I went on short term disability and The Hartford put my direct deposit into someone else’s bank account. Somehow they messed up a number or two and they are refusing to ... read more >
Sedgwick

AT&T Was Great and Sedgwick Horrible

Reviewed by From a great job to a complete nightmare on March 20th 2024   Verified Policyholder | March 2024 date of disability
My Physician recommended that I take some time from a toxic environment after several deaths in my family coupled with AT&T trying to run tenured employees out of the door... read more >
New York Life

Keeps claiming they will not approve claim for pre existing conditions but my illness is not preexisting

Reviewed by M.T. on February 15th 2024   Verified Policyholder | May 2023 date of disability
I have been appealing a claim for LTD for 8 months! New York Life keeps claiming they will not approve claim for pre existing conditions but my illness is not preexisting ... read more >
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Since we represent disability insurance claimants at different stages of a disability insurance claim we offer a variety of different fee options. We understand that claimants living on disability insurance benefits have a limited source of income; therefore we always try to work with the claimant to make our attorney fees as affordable as possible.

The three available fee options are a contingency fee agreement (no attorney fee or cost unless we make a recovery), hourly fee or fixed flat rate.

In every case we provide each client with a written fee agreement detailing the terms and conditions. We always offer a free initial phone consultation and we appreciate the opportunity to work with you in obtaining payment of your disability insurance benefits.

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No. For purposes of efficiency and to reduce expenses for our clients we have found that 99% of our clients prefer to communicate via phone, email, fax, or video conferencing sessions. If you prefer an initial in-person meeting please let us know. A disability company will never require you to come to their office and similarly we are set up so that we handle your entire claim without the need for you to come to our office.

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