Collecting Carpal Tunnel Disability Benefits Is A Reality

Since carpal tunnel is a common syndrome, some disability carriers will tell disability claimants that they should undergo surgery to alleviate their pain and resulting disability. While the majority of courts have ruled that a claimant is not required to submit for a surgery, disability insurance companies continue to argue that a claimant is not complying with the appropriate care provision if they do not submit for a carpal tunnel surgery. Most disability companies will require objective evidence of carpal tunnel syndrome which can be obtained through an EMG test, nerve conduction study, or ultrasound (which is a newer method for detecting carpal tunnel). Many claimants are diagnosed with carpal tunnel, but it is important to rule out other conditions which could cause similar symptoms. A survey of 400 American hand surgeons reported that each surgeon performed an average of 65 operations for carpal tunnel syndrome per year.

Our disability insurance lawyers have helped hundreds of disability claimants seek the short and long term disability benefits since 1979. We have worked with the some of the world’s best doctors that are experts in dealing with carpal tunnel. Insurance providers will use any excuse they can to deny your claim and save a few bucks in the process. We know the tricks they use, and we can help you to prove that your valid medical concern deserves the benefits that you paid for.

Please contact our disability insurance attorneys today and we can schedule a free consultation. We serve claimants throughout the country.

What to Do After a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Diagnosis

If your doctor recently diagnosed you with carpal tunnel syndrome, or you suspect that you may have it, it is very important to record everything about your condition. Symptoms, amount of pain, any work dates you missed and all medical appointments could have an effect on your claim’s outcome.

It is also very important to consult a lawyer in the beginning stages. You have to fill out the disability application correctly, or your provider could deny benefits and prolong the care and relief that you need to recover. We have seen many denials based on someone checking the wrong box on the disability insurance application form.

Our Resolved Cases Featuring Carpal Tunnel

Our disability insurance lawyers have first-hand experience helping victims of carpal tunnel seek disability benefits. For example:

Carpal Tunnel And Work Related Conditions

Carpal tunnel often results from repetitive or strained hand movements. Prolonged or repetitive pressure on certain parts of the hand, arm or wrist can result in numbness, pain and weakness. People who work with computers for long hours are at a high risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome.

Other conditions can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, including rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, thyroid disorders, menopause, fluid retention due to pregnancy, or deposits of amyloid, an abnormal protein produced by cells in your bone marrow. If you perform any of the following tasks, you could develop carpal tunnel syndrome:

  • Repetitive hand motions
  • Awkward hand positions
  • Strong gripping
  • Mechanical stress on the palm
  • Vibration

These symptoms can affect every aspect of daily life for a person suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome both physically and emotionally. Even simple tasks can be a painful and debilitating experience. Carpal tunnel pain can literally stop you from performing any task that requires use of your hands, including gripping or lifting objects, typing on a keyboard or any other manual activity. By seeking disability, you can earn the relief you need to rest and recover.

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Check this page for updated information about carpal tunnel syndrome disability insurance claims and new disability insurance regulations that could affect your benefits.

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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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Sent on July 5th 2024 by Attorney Gregory Dell

David:

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 >
Reliance Standard

Reliance Standard never answers or returns my calls, has not provided me my benefits, and falsely claims I never provided necessary paperwork.

Reviewed by Chrystall on July 5th 2017   Verified Policyholder
I have been on STDI since April 28th, 2017 and I have only received what they say is a “courtesy payment” because they know the hardship which I am facing. I call mult... read more >
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Sent on July 5th 2017 by Attorney Stephen Jessup

Chrystall, please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim. Needless to say, the carrier is well beyond the typical timeframe to render a decision on a STD... read more >

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Q: Do you take Group Disability cases?

Answered on August 21st 2023 by Attorney Alex Palamara
A: Alex, we do handle Group Disability Insurance claims. However, I must point out that the ERISA laws that gover... Read More >

Q: How can New York Life get away with not answering my calls?

Answered on July 22nd 2019 by Attorney Stephen Jessup
A: Carol, knowing New York Life it sounds like they are approving your claim on appeal for a closed period of tim... Read More >
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When it comes to securing your disability insurance benefits, it's vitally important that your disability insurance lawyer thoroughly understands the symptoms and impact of your disabling condition. Doctors can help you create strong medical records, but they're not accustomed to dealing with the rigorous documentation disability insurance companies require. Lea... Read More >

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If you're seeking long term disability benefits from an insurance company, you may be concerned that you're facing an uphill battle. Fortunately, the stronger your medical evidence, the greater the odds that your claim will be approved. On the other side of the coin, one of the most common reasons for denial of long term disability benefits involves too-weak med... Read More >

Disability Benefit Denial Reason #4 - Your Doctor Is Misled By the Disability Company

When you're seeking disability insurance benefits, your medical records and treating physician's statement are two of the most important components of your claim. But because the insurance company has a vested interest in denying your disability insurance claim, it often will rely on tactics like ambushing your doctor with a phone call in an attempt to get them ... Read More >

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One thing many disability insurance claimants don't know about (or expect) from the claims review process involves video and social media surveillance. Disability insurance carriers often hire people to follow claimants around with a telephoto lens - or even send social media friend requests from fake accounts - to glean whatever information they can about the c... Read More >

How Do You Fight a Long-Term Disability Denial?

Getting a denial letter from your disability insurance company is one of the ultimate insults. You are sick and not able to work, yet your disability insurance company is telling you to return to work. The disability insurance company has denied your disability benefit claim and is basically calling you a liar. When receiving a disability denial letter... Read More >

Disability Denial Reason #2 - Change of Disability Definition & Vocational Review

One of the top reasons for terminating a claimant's long term disability benefits involves the change in the disability insurance policy's definition of "disability." This definition change often happens in conjunction with a vocational review, or an analysis of a claimant's medical records that tells the insurance company which jobs the claimant should be able ... Read More >

Disability Denial Reason #1 – Paper Review & IME

At Dell Disability Lawyers, we've seen insurance companies give countless reasons to deny long term disability benefits. However, most disability benefit denials tend to fall into one of a few categories - and one of the biggest ones is the paper review and independent medical exam (IME). Learn more about what this review process entails and what your claim file... Read More >

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At Dell & Schaefer we’ve handled hundreds of long term disability insurance claims against Reliance Standard, and have learned a few things in the process. When you’re experiencing an injury or illness that makes it difficult (or impossible) to work, it can be tempting to file a claim as quickly as possible – but unless a claimant has all their ducks in a row, this could actually delay the ultimate r... Read More >
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Louisiana State College Director Wins Unum LTD Appeal But Then Denied Again

Client was Regional Director for the State of Louisiana. She was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy, spondylosis, lumbar spondylosis and bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome. In 2020 she underwent an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion. Unfortunately the surgery did very little to resolve her neck pain, radiculopathy and discomfort.She was a Regional Di... Read More >

Dell Disability Lawyers Successfully Appeals Metlife Denial of Benefits to Veteran

Mr. A contacted our firm after being denied benefits by his employer’s group disability carrier, MetLife. He had been working as a supervisor for a large manufacturer of heavy duty automotive components. His job required him to perform prolonged physical activities like climbing, kneeling, standing, pulling grasping, lifting and working with various tools.He was suffering from a long list of medical cond... Read More >

MetLife agrees to overturn its denial of long term disability benefits for Florida Doctor after an ERISA appeal filed by Alex Palamara

A Florida Anesthesiologist contacted our office after being denied long term disability benefits by MetLife. Prior to making a claim for such benefits, our client had worked as an Anesthesiologist since the early 1980's. Unfortunately for our client, she began suffering from various health conditions which left her unable to engage in her regular occupation. Her conditions included: Left Shoulder Arthritis, Os... Read More >

Dell Disability Lawyers Successfully Appeals Denial of Benefits to Fedex Employee

We get calls every day from claimants seeking help with filing an appeal against their disability carriers. Often, people call us after their appeals have been exhausted and the only option left is to file a lawsuit. Lawsuits can be costly and time consuming and, under ERISA, limited to recovering back benefits owed. It is not uncommon for a disability insurer to pay short term disability benefits for some tim... Read More >

Administrative Appeal by Dell Disability Lawyers Helps Disabled Man with Eye Disorders Get Approved for Short Term Disability Benefits with Hartford; Long Term Benefits Next

This Dell Disability Lawyers client came to us after being denied short term disability benefits by Hartford under the Omnicare, Inc. Short Term Disability (STD) Plan. Prior to hiring us, this client was forced to leave his previous occupation on May 31, 2014 due to severe eye disorders. His conditions included: Chronic Bilateral Advanced Stage Macular Degeneration, Bilateral Nuclear Sclerotic Cataracts, Bilat... Read More >

Unum disability appeal results in settlement of Unum long term disability claim

Mr. Z had recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in information technology from a prestigious New Jersey university, and had landed an amazing job working as a software engineer for an international bank in bustling downtown Manhattan. Mr. Z was excited and saw great potential for his career and life. That is until one day in October when Mr. Z was travelling as a passenger in the front passenger seat of ... Read More >

Lincoln Financial Reinstates Disability Benefits Following the Submission of an Appeal for an Attorney With Wrist Injuries

Prior to filing a claim for disability, our client was a successful managing attorney at the law firm she worked for. In late 2010, she suffered a fracture of the carpal bone and a wrist dislocation that required surgery to repair. Lincoln Financial initially approved her claim and paid benefits for approximately one year. During the time she was on disability she was required to undergo surgery on her other w... Read More >

Dell Disability Lawyers resolve lawsuit against Unum on behalf of ophthalmologist suffering from bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome

Our client, an ophthalmological surgeon, was diagnosed with bi-lateral carpal tunnel syndrome following a traumatic accident.  The client attempted to continue working for a few months following her injury in hopes that her hand numbness and pain would stop. While the pain stopped, the lost of sensation in her fingers remained. The client was forced to stop performing all eye surgeries a few months after ... Read More >
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Can UNUM Deny LTD Benefits When Plaintiff Proves Eligibility by a Preponderance of the Evidence?

In the case of Paul Luu v. First Unum Life Insurance Company of America (Unum), Plaintiff had been employed by MUFG Union Bank (Union) for approximately 25 years when, on February 12, 2015, he was given a negative performance review and put on notice that he could be terminated.Plaintiff stated that on that date, "it all came together... mentally and physically, he could not do it anymore. H... Read More >

Court Orders Sedgwick to Pay Disability Benefits to Claimant with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Even though the Employer Offered Her Accommodations

Thornton v. Sedgwick is a fact-driven case in which a California district court ruled that Sedgwick “incorrectly determined in January 2014 that [plaintiff] was no longer eligible for disability benefits.” The plaintiff, Catherine Thornton, was a project manager for Southern California Edison (SCE) when she developed bilateral carpel tunnel syndrome, bilateral cubital tunnel syndrome and epicondylitis. She... Read More >

Michigan Court Remands Aetna to Reconsider Disability Benefit Denial

In Coulter v. Aetna Life Insurance Company, a Michigan federal court found that Aetna committed a number of errors in its review of claimant Sharon Coulter's medical file. In addition, it misinterpreted three separate Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE). The Benefit Appeals Committee (BAC) for Alcoa, Coulter’s employer, relied on the information provided to it by Aetna to terminate Coulter's long term disa... Read More >

Beware of Unfavorable Language Limiting the Maximum Pay Period of Neuromuscular, Musculoskeletal or Soft tissue Disorder in MetLife Group Long-term Disability Policies

Since insurance companies began underwriting and issuing long-term disability insurance policies, they have excluded and limited payments for certain medical conditions. In fact, it is very common to find provisions limiting the pay period - typically to 24 months - for disabilities arising from a mental illness, mostly in group long-term disability policies. As a result of the medical community finally accept... Read More >

Court Rules That Walgreens Employee's Long Term Disability Claim Lawsuit Shall Not Be Dismissed

From our law firm's experience it seems that Walgreens will look for any excuse to deny short term or long term disability benefits to a plan participant. In a recent disability lawsuit filed in Michigan, Walgreens tried their best to use a legal technicality to dismiss the lawsuit of a former employee. Fortunately, the court did not buy Walgreen's unreasonable argument.Matthew, a Walgreens Store Manager w... Read More >

Court Throws Out Disability Benefit Denial Based on Aetna's Internal Physicians' Review

Insurance companies review the medical reasons underlying a disability benefit claim. Often, the reviewer is a doctor, nurse or economist employed on a full-time basis by the insurance company. Their job is to look for ways to deny your claim to maximize the insurance company's profit. But keeping them honest can be difficult because their training and experience can create challenges for unsuspecting claimant... Read More >

Court Compels Metlife To Reconsider Its Decision To Terminate Claimant's Long-Term Disability Benefits

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recently held that MetLife's decision to deny benefits to a Plaintiff was unreasonable and ordered MetLife to reconsider Plaintiff's Long Term Disability claim.Plaintiff was 39 years old when MetLife approved his short-term disability claim due to herniated discs in his cervical and lumbar spine, scoliosis, canal stenosis, carpal tunnel... Read More >

Kirk & Blum/CECO Environmental Employee Files Lawsuit Against Lincoln Financial Group For Wrongful Termination Of Long-Term Disability Benefits

An attorney has filed a Federal disability lawsuit in Ohio Federal Court against Lincoln Financial Group (Lincoln). The Plaintiff, George P., was employed by Kirk & Blum, a subsidiary of Ceco Environmental, as a metal fabricator. This employment enabled the Plaintiff to be covered by a group insurance policy provided on behalf of Ceco Environmental employees and insured by Lincoln.In George P. v. Linco... Read More >

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Our goal is to get your application for disability income benefits approved. Applying for disability insurance benefits can be a difficult process and the information you provide is critical. Most disability insurance companies look at your application in hopes of finding a reason to deny your claim. Your disability company will ask you to complete numerous forms, interview you, request lots of information, speak with your doctors and possibly request to have you examined by their "hired gun" doctor.

Through our experience of having helped thousands of disability insurance claimants, our disability insurance lawyers will guide you through the entire application process and give you the best chance to get your disability claim approved the first time.

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If your disability insurance benefits have been wrongfully denied, then our disability insurance lawyers know exactly what it takes to get your disability claim approved. You only get once chance to submit an Appeal, therefore every piece of evidence that will support your disability claim must be included. The goal is to win your disability benefits at the Appeal level, but while preparing your Appeal you must consider how a federal judge will review your disability claim if your benefit denial is upheld.

Preparing a strong disability appeal package is an art that requires you to understand how the courts interpret your disability policy language, ERISA regulations / laws, and how to strategically present evidence in support of your definition of "disability". We encourage you to contact any of our attorneys for a free immediate review of your disability denial.

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98% of the disability insurance lawsuits filed by our law firm have resulted in either the payment of benefits or a lump-sum settlement agreement. Our disability insurance attorneys have filed ERISA governed and private policy long term disability insurance lawsuits against every major disability insurance company in state and federal courts nationwide and we love fighting for the "little guy" against the multi-billion dollar insurance company giants.

We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients and we would like the opportunity to provide you with a free review of your disability benefit denial. There are many complex factors in a disability benefit lawsuit and the legal battle to win long term disability benefits can be fierce.

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Approval of long-term disability is a continuous process as every disability insurance company will evaluate your eligibility for benefits on a monthly basis. You can never let your guard down and assume that your disability company will continue to pay your benefits for as long as you think you need them.

Our disability insurance law firm offers a reasonable flat fee monthly claim handling service in which we handle every aspect of your long-term disability claim and do whatever it takes to make sure you are paid every month.

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Let's discuss if a lump-sum settlement or buyout of your disability insurance claim is both available and makes financial sense for you. Our disability insurance lawyers have negotiated more than five-hundred million dollars in disability insurance buyouts and we know how to get you a maximum settlement. A disability insurance company is not required to offer a buyout and not every disability company offers them.

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Who are Dell Disability Lawyers?

We are disability insurance attorneys that know how to get your short or long term disability benefits paid. As a nationwide law firm we have helped thousands of disability insurance claimants throughout the United States to collect hundreds of millions of dollars of disability insurance benefits from every major disability insurance company.

In more than 98% of our cases, our attorneys have been able to either get our clients paid monthly disability benefits or obtain a one-time lump-sum settlement. Our disability insurance lawyers have seen it all when it comes to disability insurance claims and we know exactly what it takes for your disability claim to be approved.

We offer disability insurance attorney representation nationwide and we welcome you to contact any of our lawyers for a free immediate review of your disability claim. We also invite you to visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel where we have more than 850 videos and regularly provide tips to help protect your disability benefits.

Who do you help?

Our disability insurance attorneys help individuals that have either purchased a long term disability insurance policy from an insurance company or obtained short or long term disability insurance coverage as a benefit from their employer. We have helped individuals in almost every type of occupation with monthly disability benefit payments ranging from $1,500 to $50,000.

Our clients include all types of employees ranging from retail associates, sales representatives, government employees, police officers, teachers, janitors, nurses, pilots, truck drivers, financial advisors, doctors, dentists, veterinarians, lawyers, consultants, IT professionals, engineers, professional athletes, business owners, and high level executives.

A strong understanding and presentation of the duties of your occupation is essential for securing disability insurance benefits.

Do you work in my state?

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 insurance 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.

Do I have to come to your office to work with your law firm?

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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When you call us during normal business hours you will immediately speak with a disability insurance attorney. We can be reached at 800-698-9159 or by email. Lawyers and staff must return all client calls same day. Client emails are usually replied to within the same business day and seem to be the preferred and most efficient method of communication for most clients.

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