Cameraman suffering from chronic knee problems receives long-term disability benefits from the Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company

After several month of attempting to handle his long-term disability claims on his own, our client contacted Attorneys Dell & Schaefer. Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company claimed to be conducting an evaluation of his claim, but had not yet paid any benefits. Disability Management Services (“DMS”), a third party administrator, was retained by Mutual Life to administer and process our client’s claim for disability benefits.

Our client’s disability policy contained a residual disability definition which provided benefits if he had a 25% loss of income and unable to perform one or more of his material duties. As a professional cameraman and business owner, he had to carry heavy cameras when on photo shoots and move around with these cameras constantly. Having suffered a knee injury, he now had to hire outside cameramen to perform the filming. Thus, he was unable to perform all the substantial and material duties of his occupation, and was suffering a loss of income due to his increased cameraman expenses.

After retaining Dell & Schaefer, Attorneys Gregory Dell and Robert Kerr worked diligently with the client, his personal attorney, and his accountants to properly document the client’s financial losses as a result of his disabling condition. This work involved months of careful documentation of the client’s earnings and repeated contact with the insurance company to ensure they had everything needed to evaluate the disability claim.

After providing the requested documentation on multiple occasions, Mutual Life appeared unable to make a decision, despite a clear loss of income in the years following his knee injury. Just prior to the filing of a lawsuit, Mutual Life approved our client’s claim for long-term disability benefits.

Dell & Schaefer continues to monitor our client’s claim to ensure Mutual Life has all the documentation it needs and that the proper amount of benefits are paid to the client every month.

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Our disability insurance lawyers help policy holders seeking short or long term disability insurance benefits from New York Life. We have helped thousands of disability insurance claimants nationwide with monthly disability benefits. With more than 40 years of disability insurance experience we have helped individuals in almost every occupation and we are familiar with the disability income policies offered by New York Life.

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Our lawyers help individuals that have either purchased a New York Life long term disability insurance policy from an insurance company or obtained short or long term disability insurance coverage as a benefit from their employer.

Our experienced lawyers can assist with New York Life:

  • ERISA and Non-ERISA Appeals of Disability Benefit Denials
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Yes. We are a national disability insurance law firm that is available to represent you regardless of where you live in the United States. We have partner lawyers in every state and we have filed lawsuits in most federal courts nationwide. Our disability lawyers represent disability claimants at all stages of a claim for disability insurance benefits. There is nothing that our lawyers have not seen in the disability insurance world.

What are your fees?

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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Dell & Schaefer Client Reviews   *****

EH, M.D.

I am a physician with a long medical history including cancer, arthritis, peripheral vascular disease, and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly RSD). I expected to retire early. However, my health and work deteriorated rather rapidly. Suddenly I was no longer working and needed help negotiating my benefits. The first two attorneys I met were personally recommended. I soon learned that they had either limited or no experience with private LTD policies. I searched the internet for more information about Long Term Disability claims. The Dell & Schaefer website kept popping up with the answers to my questions. I liked both the text explanations and the videos. With nothing to lose, I requested a free consultation.

From the beginning, Attorney Steven Dell and legal assistant Merlin Bryan have been consistently honest, professional and patient. During my initial phone conversation with Steven Dell, it was clear that he understood both my medical conditions and my work situation. He had already read my LTD policies and was familiar with both the Unum and the Hartford insurance companies. Steven Dell is an excellent, thorough attorney. What does that mean? First, he knows what information is needed to submit a claim. Early on, he gave me a checklist of items he needed. At times, it felt like a part-time job, finding all of the financial, employment, and medical records he needed. Yet Steven Dell and Merlin Bryan were very patient whenever I had a health setback. They actually understood that folks with health problems have problems filling out paperwork. Second, he picked up the phone and contacted lawyers, human resources, personnel and insurance agents to keep the paperwork moving. Third, he is relentlessly thorough. I submitted hundreds of pages of paperwork. He actually seems to have read them! He double checked that dates, numbers and statements were accurate. He would not submit any paperwork until any discrepancies were discussed and resolved. At this time, two LTD claims have been approved and I have received my first benefits. I have nothing but respect and gratitude for this law firm. Thank you!

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