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Collecting Hartford Disability Benefits Is A Reality

Our lawyers have helped thousands of Hartford disability insurance claimants nationwide to collect long term disability benefits. Hartford (HIG) is a multi-billion "two headed monster" that will hide behind the wall of ERISA disability laws in an effort to unfairly deny long term disability claims. No matter what any TV station, newspaper reporter or court says about Hartford's claim handling actions, they continue to handle disability insurance claims according to their own rules. Of the more than 40 disability insurance companies that sell long-term disability insurance coverage, it is our opinion that The Hartford is one of the most difficult disability insurance companies to deal with. The 2017 1.45 billion dollar purchase of Aetna's disability insurance division made them one of the top five largest group disability insurance companies in the country. Every Hartford claim requires a custom strategy in order to obtain claim approval and we encourage you to contact us for a free immediate consultation with one of our disability insurance attorneys. In the multiple videos above you can get a good understanding of our experience in helping Hartford disability claimants.

How Can We Help With Your Hartford Disability Claim?

Wherever you live our lawyers are available to help you with your Hartford disability claim. How our lawyers can help with your Hartford disability insurance claim depends on the stage of your claim. The five stages of a claim for disability benefits with Hartford are:

1. Applying For Hartford Short or Long-term Disability Benefits

The initial Hartford application for disability benefits is a critical part of every claim for disability insurance benefits. Obtaining properly documented medical support, selecting the correct date of disability and completing all of the required Hartford claimant and attending physician forms are just a few of the many areas that claimants can make mistakes. Contact any of our disability lawyers to discuss how we can help give you the best chance to collect disability benefits.

2. Hartford Monthly Disability Benefit Claim Handling

An approval of disability benefits by Hartford does not mean that the benefits will automatically continue for as long as you need them. The Hartford claim rep assigned to your disability claim is required to evaluate your claim every month and determine your eligibility for benefits. Hartford is inconsistent on how they manage each claim. Hartford is also notorious for requiring claim forms or updated medical records at any time. We offer a unique service where we manage your claim on an ongoing basis so that we can rest assured your claim is in the best position to prevent a Hartford claim denial. Learn more about our Hartford monthly claim handling service.

3. Filing A Hartford Disability Benefit Appeal

Almost all of Hartford's disability denial letters look the same and follow the same strategy for claim denial. We believe that Hartford writes these wrongful denials in an effort to either force claimants back to some kind of work or hope that they will just drop the claim. We have handled hundreds of Hartford ERISA appeals and know exactly what needs to be done to give you the best chance to get your benefits paid. We have a lot of information available about Hartford disability appeals that you should review here.

4. Suing Hartford For a Disability Benefit Denial

Our lawyers have filed ERISA disability lawsuits against Hartford all over the country and more than 95% of our clients have either had their benefits reinstated or received a lump-sum settlement. We would like to review your Hartford disability denial and give you an immediate opinion about what we think we can do to help you. Please visit our Hartford Disability Lawsuit page to watch our videos and read about our experience in handling disability benefit lawsuits against Hartford.

5. Negotiating a Hartford Lump-Sum Disability Buyout

In certain scenarios Hartford will enter negotiations for a one-time lump settlement of your long term disability claim. In order to be eligible you must have claim that is not contested by Hartford, you are "totally disabled" and have been on claim past any change in the definition of disability, and you have a medical condition that is not life threatening. Contact us to learn if you are candidate for a Hartford disability buyout or settlement. Learn more about a disability buyout by watching our disability lump sum videos.

Our Resolved Hartford Disability Benefit Cases (28)

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Answers To Your Hartford Disability Questions (5)

Should I meet with a Hartford Investigator that wants to interview me?

You should never agree to meet with Hartford without first consulting with a disability insurance attorney. Hartford is one of the few disability companies that will actually send a representative to your house. Your disability policy may require you to meet with Hartford. Hartford commonly uses this meeting as a technique to deny your disability claim. Our lawyers have prepared hundreds of Hartford claimants for these interviews and we know all of the techniques relied upon by the Hartford investigators. Watch our video on Hartford interviews for more information.

How much time does Hartford have to make a determination on an ERISA disability appeal?

The answer is, usually 45 days and an additional 45 days for special circumstances, however, it depends on the individual facts of each claim. View additional information about special circumstances allowing more than 45 days.

How long does an ERISA lawsuit against Hartford take from the filing of a lawsuit until conclusion?

The answer to this question is a wide range of time because there are multiple factors that affect resolution of a lawsuit. The short answer is that a lawsuit can be resolved in as little as 3-6 months and as long as 5-6 years. The average time frame for resolution of a Hartford disability lawsuit is 9-12 months. The factors that affect the time frame are the court where lawsuit is filed, the defense attorney representing Hartford, the amount of benefits owed to the claimant, the lawsuit expectations of the claimant, and whether a lawsuit involves an appeal or not. Any of our lawyers can you give you a more specific answer based upon a discussion of your Hartford disability denial.

Can Hartford deduct social security payments from my monthly disability check?

The answer is usually yes. 99% of the Hartford disability policies have a section titled "deductible sources of income", and social security disability benefits for both you and your dependent children will reduce the amount of the benefit that Hartford owes. If you are receiving social security for a reason other than your disability, then Hartford may not be able to reduce your monthly benefit.

What should I expect at an IME exam requested by Hartford?

Every Hartford disability policy gives Hartford the right to have you examined as often as Hartford believes it is necessary. We are often able to limit the scope and frequency of these compulsory medical exams. Hartford likes to the call these independent medical exams, but the examining doctors are often "hired guns" that Hartford has repeatedly relied upon to evaluate disability claims. In this video you can learn about being prepared for a medical exam requested by the Hartford.

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We hope you find the information on our website informative for your Hartford disability claim. We know the world of disability insurance claims is something that you probably never wanted to know much about. We want you to know as much as possible so you understand the importance of protecting your monthly disability income benefits. We offer a free immediate phone consultation with one of our attorneys and while we have a ton of information available on our site to educate you about Hartford, we always welcome to you to contact us so we can provide you with an immediate opinion as to whether we can help you collect disability insurance benefits.

Comments (259)

  • Clyde, if you would like to discuss how we may be able to assist you in securing long term disability benefits under your disability insurance policy, please feel free to contact our office to discuss.

    Stephen Jessup Jan 31, 2023  #259

  • I need to restart my long termed disability.

    Clyde Jan 30, 2023  #258

  • Unfortunately we don’t specialize in workers comp so cannot give advice regarding this type of claim. I would ask your wc attorney.

    Rachel Alters Jan 30, 2023  #257

  • I’m in the process to settle my wc claim. I have a lien from the LTD which is expected to be paid from by the settlement. May a wc attorney negotiate this lien on my behalf, if so, should they wait until settlement is finalized? Should my settlement papers have some specific wording to avoid losing my LTD benefits? I have agreed to disclose medical benefits covered and non-covered by Medicare and indemnity in different amounts. Both insurances have been provided by my employer, any conflicts here?

    Jessica F. Jan 25, 2023  #256

  • Grant, I am sorry to hear of your injury. Please contact us and we will gladly provide you a free consultation to discuss your upcoming claim. Please attempt to locate a copy of the insurance policy so that we can review it with you.

    Alex Palamara Jan 9, 2023  #255

  • Slipped and hit my foot on a door at home. Fractured 3 bones in my foot and I’m about to file a claim for my Hartford accident insurance (up to 10k per bone per accident) I want to get a consultation to make sure I file claim correctly.

    Grant Jan 4, 2023  #254

  • Terri, we can certainly help you. We need to review your denial letter. I will be reaching out to you via email at once. Please do not hesitate to contact us as soon as you see this message.

    Alex Palamara Oct 13, 2022  #253

  • The Hartford terminated my disability benefits after 24 years. I want to appeal it, since I’ve built a life around those now terminated benefits. Can you please help?

    Terri C. Oct 10, 2022  #252

  • Sandra, please contact out office to review your policy and correspondence from Hartford regarding the denial of your claim for critical care benefits.

    Stephen Jessup Sep 28, 2022  #251


    Sandra Sep 26, 2022  #250

  • Paul, yes, we can possibly assist with and STD claim if you are expecting to roll into an LTD claim as we typically manage LTD claims only. Once you receive a decision on your claim you can email it to our office at intakes@diattorney.com and someone will reach out to you.

    Rachel Alters Sep 1, 2022  #249

  • Hello, thanks for taking my questions and concerns.
    First, do you offer services to claimants that are using short term disability with The Hartford?
    Secondly. I have been on short term disability for about a month and a half, I was initially approved for benefits up until the 27th of this month, but I have applied for re-certification/extension of my claim due to complications with my surgery and acute infection of the area that was operated on.

    I am still waiting for an answer on my claim.

    Can you assist me?


    Paul B

    Paul Aug 29, 2022  #248

  • Ana, we are sorry to hear of your predicament. We would like to learn more about your claim and we are more than happy to speak with you at any time. However, as your appeal is currently pending please make sure that any and all evidence which supports your claim is submitted to Hartford at once. It is imperative that this is done ASAP because if Hartford denies your appeal, your claim file will close and no other information can then be submitted. We are available to speak at your convenience.

    Alex Palamara Jul 13, 2022  #247

  • Hi, Let me apologize first because I’m not trying to undermine my current attorney but I am very concerned that I’m not being represented in my best ok interest. I have been with Hartford sort term then long term started in 8/8/2018 and ended 2/6/2020 I hired a a law firm but wasn’t very comfortable with them but at the time that was all I could find. Fast forward I fought with them to get documentation and my appeal was submitted without my knowledge. Finally they sent me what was submitted. Not all my information was sent and more ok important the recording of the IME was not sent or reviewed for inaccurate statements made by their doctor to Hartford that would be helpful to my case. It’s been since May 13th and still there has been no response from Hartford and my attorney has not followed thru to find out why they have not responded or asked for and extension after the first allowable 45 days. My question is do have any grounds to dismiss my attorney and seek other counsel? Also, if so, before I do would you be willing to review my case and possibly take it?

    Ana Jul 12, 2022  #246

  • Daniel: Any retroactive payments you receive from SSDI that cover a prior month in which you received a full disability payment from Hartford would result in an overpayment that Hartford can recover or recoup from you. In such circumstances they would typically provide a letter detailing the overpayment calculations. If you have not received one you should request it from Hartford. After reviewing that letter, if you still have questions or concerns I suggest you contact our office and speak with one of the attorneys to discuss in more detail your circumstances and your options.

    Jay Symonds May 27, 2022  #245

  • I have been recieving LTD from the Hartford since 2020. I have been disabled from 12/2019 and they started paying in 7/2020. When I became disabled I applied for social security do to the fact that I could not work and wanted to eat. When I applied for ss it was early so I did not get my full SS. Hartford told me that if I did not apply for SS disability they would stop paying me. Well I applied and was approved. The Hartford sent me several substantial checks and now that I am approved can they ask for that money back? They evidently had been underpaying for quite some time and just recenty, the past few months, starting paying me what I was do. So the question is do I have to give them money back? I was told I will qualify until my full retiremnet age in october and thought maaybe they could deduct the extra money I am getting from SS. Please help! Thanks In Advance.

    Daniel B. May 26, 2022  #244

  • Nanette, we are sorry to hear that your claim for benefits for the period of July through December was denied. Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

    Alex Palamara Apr 27, 2020  #243

  • I went on disability March 25, 2019 until Dec. 23, 2019 from my job FedEx. The Hartford insurance company didn’t pay me my disability check after the end of July. I appealed it and still didn’t pay the doctors faxed everything they needed.

    Nanette M. Apr 27, 2020  #242

  • Delton, I’m sorry to hear about the experience you had with Hartford. Unfortunately since your claim dates back to 1998 it would be too late to file suit as the statute of Limitations would have run.

    Rachel Alters Apr 8, 2020  #241

  • It’s been since 1998 but they really screwed me over big time and caused my family and I much distress ~ first they required me to go to a psychiatric doctor before they would approve and afterwards they only had to pay for 30 days since my issue was mental related.

    I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and also Chronic fatigue by my Rheumatologist ~ they drug my case out until the last day before they had to make a decision and then said they could see no evidence of why I couldn’t go back to work the next day.

    I asked their rep. how she could sleep at night knowing how disabled I was. The next day I found out that she no longer worked there. Evidently she felt guilty.

    I was approved by Social Disability on my first try. When I talked with the next Hartford Representative he just said they used a different set of guidelines for their determination. Basically they said there is no test for Chronic fatigue so there was no proof that I had it regardless of what any doctor said. When I researched it I found out that this was standard procedure for disability claims for Chronic fatigue.

    I had been working for years successfully selling life insurance so I know how the rewards are for those selling ins and their management personnel. I had won several trips to different cities ~ in the end I felt like our disability payments we were making to Hartford coming out of our paychecks were like money going into a big reservoir with the management of the Hartford cruising around in yachts and doing water sports, etc. and then when I was disabled coming to them and asking them for a deserved cup of water every month being turned away.

    The only reason I am saying this now is because of all the Hartford commercials I keep seeing about how happy everyone is with the Hartford giving them peace of mind and security. They said that 96% of their customers would recommend the Hartford to their friends. Well, I am definitely in the 4% that would not recommend them for anything including a company they can trust

    The Lord is always faithful to be the final judge and in the end they will have to give an account.


    Delton G. Apr 8, 2020  #240

  • Adam, I haven’t heard of them paying off doctors but she will need to appeal the determination and find a new doctor that would be willing to support her disability. If you need assistance you can e-mail me at Rachel@diattorney.com for a free consultation. Rachel Alters, esq.

    Rachel Alters Mar 24, 2020  #239

  • Has Hartford been known to pay off doctors? My wife has been put out of work for the past 9 years by her doctor and all of a sudden he says she has no work restrictions. He sees her a couple of times per year and nothing has changed. Hartford is ready to cut her off instantly. It’s crazy how long they take to get back to you when they need things to keep you on but how fast they try and take you off. Does this seem suspicious?

    Adam B. Mar 24, 2020  #238

  • I was awarded medical for life, for my back injuries at work by the court of Los Angeles in California years ago. I moved to Colorado two years ago and for the past few months I’ve been trying to have the Heartford insurance adjuster authorize medical treatment for my injury. The adjuster never returns my calls, and according to an outside company contracted by the Heartford recently, that goes by the name of Genex I was notified in writing that doctors here in Colorado will not take my case. I would have to move back to California. Is there something I can do?

    Jesse Mar 18, 2020  #237

  • David, I would recommend you try to get a fax confirmation from your doctor, or better yet secure the information needed from your doctor and send to them. I have seen a delay of up to 24 hours when something is faxed but it should have reasonably been there by now.

    Stephen Jessup Mar 4, 2020  #236

  • I have a short term disability claim through the Hartford through my job. I was approved to go back to work on March 9th. The Hartford keeps telling me they did not get my paperwork from my doctor when they sent it two days ago. They then sent a request for the same paperwork. I have received 360.00 since January 31st.

    David C. Mar 4, 2020  #235

  • JNC: I suggest you contact our office and speak with one of the attorneys to address the specific questions you have regarding your situation as well as your options on appeal.

    Jay Symonds Feb 27, 2020  #234

  • In January, I collapsed in a cross walk while crossing the street. I sustained injuries to my left knee and spine and have been chronic testing to determine the cause of my fall. I was admitted to the hospital via ER and discharged over the weekend. That immediate Monday, my PCP submitted a physician statement to The Hartford for a disability claim on 1/20/20.

    The Hartford has rejected all of my various doctor records and tests. The MRI of my left knee revealed a partial tear of my MCL. Heart studies reveal erratic BP and heart rates that are abnormal. The CT scan revealed a tumor on my ovary. The Hartford has rejected every test and record. I call their Corporate Affairs number that I was provided by the Customer Care team. I’m always told that I will get a returned call,, and I never get a returned call.

    They’re damaging me because I cannot return to work with a pending surgery to remove an ovarian tumor on 3/24 and I still don’t have treatment for my heart or knee.

    I’m a consultant and my employer demands that I return at 100%. They will not let me return without a letter stating I’m fit to return but my dr can’t write that because I’m not fit. I have no income. I’m a single handicapped female with no other source of income. I maxed my credit cards. I have no income.

    I’m going bankrupt. Can you please help?

    JNC Feb 27, 2020  #233

  • Judy: If this is the first denial you have the right to file an appeal but the deadline is time sensitive. Unless you plan to file your own appeal, I suggest you contact our office and speak with one of the attorneys to address the specific questions you have regarding your situation.

    Jay Symonds Feb 27, 2020  #232

  • I have been denied by the Hartford for LTD through my company. I can already tell they have this down to an artform.

    Judy P. Feb 27, 2020  #231

  • Jody, if The Hartford has denied your claim you can contact our office and ask to speak with a disability insurance attorney. Hartford should have provided you with a denial letter explaining the reasons your claim has been denied and the process by which you can file an appeal.

    Cesar Gavidia Feb 26, 2020  #230

  • In January, I collapsed in a cross walk while crossing the street. I sustained injuries to my left knee and spine and have been chronic testing to determine the cause of my fall. I was admitted to the hospital via ER and discharged over the weekend. That immediate Monday, my PCP submitted a physician statement to The Hartford for a disability claim on 1/20/20.

    The Hartford has rejected all of my various doctor records and tests. The MRI of my left knee revealed a partial tear of my MCL. Heart studies reveal erratic BP and heart rates that are abnormal. The CT scan revealed a tumor on my ovary. The Hartford has rejected every test and record. I call their Corporate Affairs number that I was provided by the Customer Care team. I’m always told that I will get a returned call, and I never get a returned call.

    They’re damaging me because I cannot return to work with a pending surgery to remove an ovarian tumor on 3/24 and I still don’t have treatment for my heart or knee.

    I’m a consultant and my employer demands that I return at 100%. They will not let me return without a letter stating I’m fit to return but my dr can’t write that because I’m not fit. I have no income. I’m a single handicapped female with no other source of income. I maxed my credit cards. I have no income.

    I’m going bankrupt. Can you please help?

    Jody C. Feb 26, 2020  #229

  • Why is the Hartford Insurance Company a bunch of unpassionate people.

    Daniel B. Feb 16, 2020  #228

  • I live in Florida. I have been on LTD since 11/2016. I just got approved for Social Security in 11/2019. All of the overpayment was just sent to The Hartford. Now as I expected I get a call about wanting to do an interview at our home to update records, conditions, etc. I told him NO under any circumstance. They had all the medical information, doctor documentation, etc. and I am sure my doctors would write that going through something like that with my conditions would not be medically feasible and I should not have to. I have Chronic Migraines, PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Degenerative Disc Disease, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, numbness/weakness of the arms legs (due to the back), 2 back surgeries (both failed – last a failed L4/L5 Fusion), Osteo/Openia, and RA Inflammation. All of this is part of my claim from day one. I have 20-25 Migraines monthly, my back is in constant pain (alternating sitting/standing), my body pains/numbs constantly, and I can’t mentally stand anyone. What now? I know they are going to cut me off. He said he would discuss my situation with management but I know what that means. Help?

    Chris Jan 9, 2020  #227

  • Michael, yes. In the course of an appeal you want to get as much beneficial information as possible, to include an IME or FCE of your own. The bigger issue from a legal perspective is the position they are taking as it relates to the failure to attend the IME. In some cases courts have found it a reasonable basis to deny a claim for failure to attend an IME as the policy creates an affirmative dutiy to attend. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss in greater detail.

    Stephen Jessup Nov 7, 2019  #226

  • Michael J.:
    Here is an update on my previous review message regarding Hartford’s over 21 month delay in alerting me of an offset/overpayment issue I had listed on their annual update forms and returned to The Hartford 21 months prior.

    First I must tell you I’ve been receiving LTD benefits from The Hartford for over 10 years with no problems. I abided by and followed the specific instructions and always returned completed insurance forms from my doctor as well as from myself in a timely fashion and ALWAYS sent BACK via U.S. Certified mail to “cover my ass-ets”.

    Since my LTD policy is mandated by my ERISA right’s, I sent a “Letter of Appeal” to Hartford and included the misguided and misinformed letter of receipt and Hartford’s failure to notify me for over 20 months what I had listed in there LTD update forms. I had included evidence with misguided Hartford letter’s, etc. as proof which explained Hartford’s fault and lack of notifying me 20 months prior of the offset problem I had clearly listed on the forms to continue my LTD benefits. However, my “Letter of Appeal” was denied stating that The Hartford is not liable for any clerical administrative mistakes that Hartford makes.

    As retribution (I believe) on behalf of The Hartford, my file was transferred to a “Senior Ability Analyst” and letters were received requesting more and more medical information from me and about my medical file from my Doctor to determine my disease and functionality, etc. My doctor did not send the files as specified and the “Senior Ability Analyst” alerted me that she needs these files or I could be terminated. In turn, I abided by her requests and contacted my Doctor’s office and had the specified medical charts and dates sent to the “Senior Ability Analyst”.

    Then, the “Senior Ability Analyst” responded to me that the “medical nurse” at The Hartford could not decipher/nor read my Doctor’s notes of symptoms and side effects I was/am experiencing. He requested I tell my doctor to type a summary report about the state of my medical condition in order for the “medical staff at the Hartford” to review, and again, forewarned me about a deadline… or else, I’ll be terminated. I relayed this request about the typed summary report when I saw my Doctor, and it did not ‘sit well’ with my Doctor, who became furious and had an adverse disdain dealing with LTD Representatives, in turn he never responded. To verify Hartford’s complaint about my Doctor’s illegible handwriting, I also requested a copy of my files and found that I could read most of my Doctor’s notes, and wondered why the “Hartford medical staff” couldn’t?

    The “Senior Ability Analyst” and “the medical person” at The Hartford continued to harass my doctor and his assistants requesting answers about my condition, to no avail.

    Now, as I was approaching the age of 60 years old, the “Senior Ability Analyst” at The Hartford ordered an IME which I initially had to cancel since it was on the same day as my Doctor’s appointment for Lab Work. Again, the “Senior Ability Analyst” continued to harass my Doctor and his staff to questions she wanted clarification on, to no avail. With no response by my Doctor, the “Senior Ability Analyst” became frustrated, she again ordered an IME by the third party MCN, on a Saturday. Unfortunately, I again had to: first contact MCN (as instructed in the MCN letter) to cancel and attempted to reschedule the IME, however the MCN Receptionist said she could not reschedule nor cancel the appointment and was advised to contact my “Senior Ability Analyst” to reschedule due to a prior commitment I had out of town for that weekend.

    I e-mailed Hartford’s “Senior Ability Analyst” about rescheduling the IME again, and received an e-mail/ letter from the “Senior Ability Analyst” at The Hartford stating if I don’t attend the already re-scheduled IME I would be terminated.

    Several weeks later, a letter arrived in my ‘physical’ mail box from the “Senior Ability Analyst” stating due to my two cancellations for the IME my benefit policy is terminated, and in addition my total outstanding disputed remaining balance of an offset/over-payment is due.

    Before I present my Appeal in hopes of re-activating my Hartford LTD case/file and amend Hartford’s decision to terminate my policy, may I acquire exams and other tests on my own – as well as hire a licensed Occupational Therapist to conduct an UNBIASED IME and Functional capacity evaluations that outpatient medical facilities offer? The simple reason being, Doctor’s and IME services that I choose would not be paid by (and allegedly bribed by) The Hartford. Medicare covers these tests through hospital outpatient specialized services conducted by OT Occupational Therapy Division.

    If my appeal proves favorable to support my disability, will Hartford approve the evidence I submit and re-activate my file and later schedule me for their own “biased” IME and again cancel my policy?

    Michael J. Nov 7, 2019  #225

  • Laren, you could hire an attorney but it may cost you more than what you are owed for the STD back pay. I would put everything in writing so you have a record of the times you called with no response.

    Rachel Alters Aug 28, 2019  #224

  • I got approved for my STD for pregnancy. My first payment I put the wrong account number in and that was on 7/30/19, they stopped and was going to reverse it for me and told me 7-10 business days. I have been getting the run around and no call backs either after being promised. Can I get a lawyer to get the back pay they still owe me? I am not working and expecting in 3 weeks, and can mess with me paying for my insurance.

    Laren Aug 28, 2019  #223

  • C.J., Hartford can be very difficult to deal with and, as you can see, they upset many people! The laws governing your claim do allow them some time to render a decision on your claim. Depending on when you filed the paperwork, they could be well within their allotted time or they could be in violation of the law. Please feel free to call us so that we can learn more specifics regarding your claim to see if we can be of any assistance or give you any insights.

    Alex Palamara Jul 2, 2019  #222

  • I’m speechless. When I Googled “The Hartford complaints” I didn’t expect to find SOOO many. The interesting thing is that I did find a website in my search results that’s on The Hartford’s website, which is a complaint form to fill out that supposedly someone from there will respond to. I filled that out, clicked Submit, then got an Access Denied error…they’ve disabled the complaint form submittal… I wonder why.

    With me, I haven’t actually been denied yet, but they are dragging their feet with making a decision on my STD. They approved my FMLA on/about 6/26 after receiving the completed form from my doctor on 6/21. They have yet to update my STD claim, which has been sitting in ‘pending’ status for weeks now. I’ve made 3 subsequent follow-up calls and every rep replies with the answer that the claim rep has 6 days to review and update. So when I called on the 7th day they said they were not sure why nothing has been done, but they would add a note to my account for the claim rep. This is now day 12 and the claim is still pending and I am without pay. Not quite sure what to do.

    C.J. Jul 2, 2019  #221

  • Judi, the insurance industry thrives on using information contained in claim forms to deny a claim. That is why it is so important to complete them in a way to avoid their traps. In your situation it appears that your claim was denied based upon the ability to perform your job in the “national economy.” Most policies will indicate that “regular occupation” is defined to mean the job you perform as it is commonly performed in the national economy and not for a specific employer or at a specific location.

    If your claim forms indicated you could do your job, just not for your specific employer, then Hartford would use that to say that you can perform the duties of your job as defined by the policy. In appealing the decision it would be incredibly important for your doctor to argue and stress that during the time you were out that he/she believes you could not perform your job duties at all, for any employer.

    Additionally, if you have been the victim of a hostile work environment you could contact an employment attorney to discuss if you have any rights or causes of action against your employer.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 26, 2019  #220

  • Wow! After reading the above I know now why I have been denied Short Term disability. I’ve paid for Short Term for 24 years and I was put on leave by my physician after working in a hostile work environment for 2 years with severe anxiety, depression and stress. My blood pressure was extremely high. I made an account on line to follow the claim status. Like the above statements, they put on the website that they tried to contact both my physician and me on the website details of the claim but did not. I called in to them to see if they needed anything and they stated my physician never filled out the paperwork sent.

    My physician never received paperwork from them and I had them fax said paperwork while I was at the physicians office. She filled out the paperwork and faxed back. The paperwork had misleading questions on them. Like could I do my job. Well yes, I can do my job in a non hostile environment when my blood pressure became in normal range. So they denied my short term. I will have to return to the hostile work environment on 7/1/2019. Pay back any STD benefits paid along with benefits paid by my employer. I have decided to walk out if I am subjected to the same treatment. Hartford is a joke. They lie, no contact, no one answers your calls or calls you back and the paperwork they send to physicians is misleading. At least it’s short term and not long term and it’s only been 6 weeks. I am just glad I didn’t have the heart attack I was on the road to have. Bottom line is Hartford’s favorite word is denied. I’ll appeal the decision however I don’t know if the added stress is worth it especially since reading the comments above. How can they get away with this unethical behavior? When will a class action suit be issued?

    Judi Jun 26, 2019  #219

  • Ani, this is an interesting and complicated scenario, I suggest you request and send in your employer provided group policy and contact our office and speak with one of the attorneys to address your situation.

    Jay Symonds Jun 19, 2019  #218

  • I got std from Hartford for back surgeries in 2002-2005. I applied for LTD and because I had only worked there a short time, they said it was pre existing. Denied it. I read a clause in my policy for mental health and depression, which I developed severely after back surgery. So I applied. Back then mental health wasn’t just covered 2 years, it was until age 65.

    I was denied they said it too was pre existing. I fought them alone and won the appeal. I had it until October 31,2018. They then determined to deny benefits. Long story but I did so much work to get that reversed, but should’ve called a lawyer. Didn’t. I lost. I am devastated.

    I just realized that The Hartford made me apply for SSDI for my back. I got it. But I only have it for my back. Not mental health. I still receive those benefits. However I had an epiphany last night thinking that since i was getting it for back problems and not mental health, is it possible that they should’ve been paying me the entire 80% (that’s how much it was when I got grandfathered in for mental health to age 65 and 80% of my income) so since they were for two different health issues, shouldn’t Hartford be responsible for the full 80% and not have an offset for the SSDI I received under the guise of my back pain during the STD period, before I was approved for Hartford LTD?

    Am I owed back pay?

    Ani L. Jun 19, 2019  #217

  • Michael, this is certainly unfair and Hartford should be willing to work out a repayment schedule the would ease your financial burden. I suggest you request and send in your employer provided group policy and contact our office and speak with one of the attorneys to address your situation.

    Jay Symonds Jun 5, 2019  #216

  • My Problem with The Hartford LTD Group Policy benefits I had been receiving has to do with a major clerical error and a major oversight Hartford did and their failure in notifying me sooner (Approximately ONE YEAR AND EIGHT MONTHS HAD PASSED AND I HAD NOT RECEIVED NO NOTIFICATION NOR CALL FROM THE HARTFORD INDICATING THAT MY PENSION BENEFIT WOULD BE AN OVER-PAYMENT AND AN OFFSET! When I had notified them and (unaware) what I had completed and had stated regarding an additional Pension benefit that kicked in in 2015. I had no knowledge that my Pension Benefit would be considered an offset amount, still I honorably listed this new benefit in their Annual Update Claimant Questionnaire Forms they periodically send to me for an update on my condition.

    Seven months later I received a confirmation letter that my LTD benefits would continue and NO mention of an over-payment was stated in this letter regarding an off-set on my new Pension benefit I had listed in the form. The next year, I again listed this benefit amount on the annual Hartford Claimant Questionnaire and Physician forms they sent and I completed and returned the forms via Certified letter – this time I receive a letter stating that my pension benefit is an offset and I need to repay Hartford?

    Approximately ONE YEAR AND EIGHT MONTHS HAD PASSED AND I HAD NOT RECEIVED NO NOTIFICATION NOR CALL FROM THE HARTFORD INDICATING THAT MY PENSION BENEFIT WOULD BE AN OVER-PAYMENT AND AN OFFSET! Their error and oversight and a mixed message I had received the prior year with a confirmation letter that my LTD benefits would continue had no mention of an over-payment stated in the prior letter regarding an off-set on my new Pension benefit. I have to suffer financially and have my monthly benefits held until the over-payment is recouped because of Hartford’s error (not mine) and I have to suffer financially? Very unfair. I sent a letter requesting partial waiver of the over-payment and a recalculation reduction from the original total amount The Hartford LTD Group Benefits Department had determined to be an over-payment due to a vested portion of a monthly Pension benefit I started to receive in 2015 and so far, received NO response about it from my Benefits Claim adjuster at The Hartford. I left a voice mail message to my Claim Rep at The Hartford – and so far no response. Now what?

    Michael J. Jun 5, 2019  #215

  • Mark, under ERISA, in court you are only entitled to unpaid benefits. There are no rights to extra contractual damages. As your claim appears to fall under a short term disability policy I would suggest you also speak to HR about the issue you are having. They may be able to assist in getting the situation sorted out with Hartford.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 24, 2019  #214

  • So I was out of work from 10/23/18 through 1/7/19 because of some mental issues. I was paid up until the end of November and then I was released to go back to work on 1/7/19. Since then, they have denied my claim for the month of December through the 7th of January. I opened the claim back up, sent them all the paperwork they have asked for, but it’s never good enough. Every time I send what is requested, they come back and request more. This has been going on for almost 5 months now and I feel I’m losing my mind.

    All I wanted was my last check which I should be entitled to, but now I want more. I’ve had to borrow out of my 401k to help with bills and all the interest I’ve lost because of that and not to mention what they have put my mind through. Not a good thing to have to deal with especially when I had to miss work for an already mentally challenged mind state. This experience with the Hartford is one of the worst things I’ve ever had to deal with. I would really like to know if I took them to court what my chances of receiving more compensation than just my last check.

    Mark M. Apr 24, 2019  #213

  • Tina, generally, as long as your remain disabled from a physical disability the insurer cannot limit your claim because you also suffer a mental illness disability. Hartford would likely need to find that you are not disabled from your physical disabilities in order to say that the only remaining disability that you suffer is mental nervous and that you have reached the 24 month payment limitation.

    Cesar Gavidia Apr 16, 2019  #212

  • I had to stop working in January of 2016 due to severe spine and musculoskeletal issues at age 56. I was an LVN with a wound care specialty. I was quickly awarded SSDI and was approved for Hartford LTD after the exclusion period. I have since been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a congenital connective tissue disorder. This is a chronic, painful and debilitating condition. Recently I had an appointment with the MSW and Psychologist at my pain clinic. Sadly I now have “Adjustment disorder, due to medical condition” as a diagnosis. I’m currently under review. Did I shoot myself in the foot by talking to the mental health folks? Ugh.

    Tina Apr 16, 2019  #211

  • Fred, I am happy to hear that your claim is being paid. From the scenario you provided, I don’t believe you are in jeopardy of having your LTD benefit being denied. There is a possibility that your retirement annuity payment might be an “offset” to your LTD claim, so there is a possibility that Hartford will get to pay you less and you may owe them an overpayment for past benefits they paid in full. We need to review a copy of your LTD policy to see if your retirement annuity would be considered an “offset” to your LTD claim. If you can get a copy of your policy, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

    Alex Palamara Jan 9, 2019  #210

  • I have been receiving LTD from the Harford for 6 years after my disability I cound no longer work so retired. As a teacher in Texas I do not qualify for SS, but have been getting my retirement annuity the last 5 years recently the Hartford contacted me to apply for disability from the Teacher Retirement. However I was told by TRS that being that I was already receiving a retirement annuity that I was not eligible for disability benefits from TRS. Am I in Jepordy of losing the LTD from the Hartford being that I am receiving an annuity payment?
    Thank you.

    Fred Jan 8, 2019  #209

  • Bruce, I am very sorry to hear of the troubles you are having with your claim for benefits with Hartford. They are really playing games with you and that is very unfortunate. Please contact me as soon as possible so that we can give you a free consultation. Perhaps we can assist you. Also, always remember that while Hartford may state that they will get the medical records it is your duty to “prove” your claim. Thus it is ultimately your responsibility to submit your medical records.

    Alex Palamara Jul 26, 2018  #208

  • I was on STD with the Hartford through my employer for 6 months and went on LTD in Feb. due to a aneurysm on my ascending aorta and a 5-10 pound weight restriction. The Hartford approved my LTD in Feb. and I was told I had to apply for SS Disability and sign papers saying I would pay them back when I got approved for SS Disability. They changed my claim specialist and in May she called and said she had faxed papers to my doctor and had not heard anything back so I emailed my doctors nurse and was told they had not received anything so she gave me her work email address and said to have them send it there. This was not first time they could not get a fax to my doctor. In June my claim specialist called (conversation was recorded by Hartford) and said she contacted my doctor and he still concurred with his statement from Feb. and they said I was no longer disabled and terminated my LTD. LTD was approved in Feb and terminated in June on same information, does not make sense so I appealed it.

    I was sent a authorization to obtain information form to sign giving them permission to any and all medical records, insurance coverage and claims filed, bank records, work and performance information history, academic transcripts and any and all information concerning SS benefits. Why do they need bank and other information like this so I did not sign and return it. I have no problem with them getting medical information. I think it is a shame that when a person is having medical problems they have to go through this just because a disability company wants to keep the money in their pockets.

    Bruce Jul 25, 2018  #207

  • Lorene, I am sorry to hear of your troubles with Hartford. Please contact us at once! We want to look into your claim and see if we can assist you. Regarding giving Hartford instructions on how to contact your doctors, please keep in mind it is the claimant’s responsibility to prove the claim. Thus, do not rely upon the insurance company to prove it to themselves that they should be paying you. You or your representative must make sure to send in as much proof (medical records, letters of support, objective evidence) of your claim ASAP. We will gladly review your claim, call us at your convenience. Alex Palamara

    Alex Palamara Apr 24, 2018  #206

  • Hartford is the worst Insurance company I have ever dealt with. This website proves it! Thank you Dell & Schaefer for putting this together. I filed LTD claim back in Sept. 2017 and have yet to be paid what I am owed, except a partial month payment of $63. I have fought over and over and over with them to get their S*%T together and pay me. They constantly “forget” my instructions on how to contact my doctors, sent me a denial letter within 2 weeks time from filing my claim, never answering my calls or returning them, etc, etc, etc. All this work for a measly $25 week. I think they are hoping I will give up and forget about it. I will be FedXing a statement of my complaints to the CEO once this claim is finally paid. Then, I may sue them. Your video above, “Hartford Has Some Sneaky Disability Claim Handling Practices”, have been played on me but I don’t let them get away with it. They are messing with the wrong woman. Let’s roll, Hartford!

    Lorene Apr 23, 2018  #205

  • Alex, unfortunately, yes. Even though SSDI is proof of disability, receipt of SSDI benefits is not in and of itself a guarantee to benefits under a private policy. Hartford will have to certainly consider it as part of its review, but Hartford can rely on its own review to make a determination as to ongoing benefits. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim in greater detail.

    Stephen Jessup Jan 17, 2018  #204

  • Just got off the phone with a return to work specialist from The Hartford concerning my LTD policy. Felt very much like she was telling me I could return to work based on their interpretation of my doctors notes on my case. I was approved for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration as of June 2017. I am pretty concerned that they are getting ready to deny my insurance benefits which, honestly, aren’t much but I am 42 with 2 boys to raise and a mortgage payment. I need every cent I can get. Are they allowed to say I can return to work even though I have been approved for Disability?

    Alex Jan 17, 2018  #203

  • K. Celani, you would have rights to appeal the denial of benefits. Additionally, there may even be the possibility of exploring a claim for worker’s compensation as the condition was caused at work. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim in detail and properly advise you of your options.

    Stephen Jessup Dec 19, 2017  #202

  • I was just denied my STD claim from the Hartford. I’m a male and was sexual harassed by other males at the plant I work at. I tried sticking it out for as long as I could in hopes it would stop but it never did. It got so bad that I’m out on leave from work now seeing a therapist and taking antidepressants. I was told by the Hartford analyst that there wasn’t any reason why I couldn’t go back to work there. My anxiety and depression is so bad that I’m having a hard time even seeing myself back in the workforce anytime soon. Don’t know what to do next.

    K. Celani Dec 18, 2017  #201

  • Kim, you will have rights to pursue an administrative appeal of the denial. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you in appealing the denial.

    Stephen Jessup Sep 28, 2017  #200

  • I have been on Claim for seven years with the Hartford. I was denied SSDI and now they are closing my claim. They say it’s because of the IME (which lasted 15 minutes and the “doctor” had never even heard of my condition!) as well as some ridiculous video they have of me in my driveway. I don’t know how to appeal the denial. I am very sick and have cognitive difficulties so I can’t do this alone. What should I do??

    Kim Sep 27, 2017  #199

  • Mary HB, if a dependent is receiving a DSSDI benefit on account of your disability then it would be an offset. If a dependent is receiving a benefit in his or her own name based on their disability the it wouldn’t qualify as a source of Other Income commonly found in employer provided group disability policies.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 15, 2017  #198

  • I am permanently disabled. I receive both SSDI and the Hartford disability benefits. I have two stepsons who are also permanently disabled and receive monthly SSDI from my monthly social security earnings statements. The Hartford has been using their SSDI payments as an offset. This results in a reduction of nearly $1,000 per month from my disability income.

    One stepson is 20 (an adult) and one is 17 (a minor soon to be an adult).

    I just read in the comments that the Hartford canNOT deduct SSDI benefits if the child is disabled. Is this still true and what can I do? The Hartford has been reducing my disability income due to my stepsons SSDI income for over 2 years.

    Mary HB Aug 13, 2017  #197

  • Well, The Hartford Company has shut me down too after 15 years of payments, they have five years left of payments. In 2003 I had a freak accident at home and I blew both quad tendons in my knees. I had surgery and had to be sewn back together, had to wear locked leg braces for some period amount of time basically I had to learn to walk all over again. I have loss of Mobility I can’t squat down anymore and I can’t get on my knees and I don’t do stairs very well so after 5 years left to go of payments they gave me the shaft sent me to one of their doctors this past April of 2017 for a physical evaluation. I went in with my knee brace on had my cane and went through the evaluation of course it’s a doctor they referred me to and they paid for. He says my hands work, I should be able to get a job stand for two hours off and on out of a day, sit for 5 hours and I’d like to really know who in the hell is going to hire me when I take 3 1000 mg Norcos a day for pain and I also have back issues.

    My balance is off, I need assistance to get up and down off of the toilet. I use the tub in the sink counter and I also have back issues, my balance is off and also been told that my gate is not normal when I walk. What was kind of funny the doctor they sent me to for the evaluation wasn’t concerned at all about my taking the Norcos 3 times a day so Hartford has stopped their claims with me the beginning of this June 2017. First by a verbal phone call then the final paperwork came a week later stating my benefits have stopped so basically I’m in the need of some help. I think it’s downright nasty that they can do this to me after I receive benefits for 15 years. I’m basically 61 years old, my accident was in 2003, I was 47 years old. I was awarded Social Security disability and still receive Social Security disability so as the years go by I go downhill. Yes some help with a lawyer would be fine maybe I should mention that they had tried to pay me off three different times within a 15 year period also as I think about it I’ve had 3 evaluations I know of out of it at least a 15 years every year a question error to fill out and a doctor’s form to have a doctor fill out they sure knew my hands worked within the past 15 years and I do walk and get around and I do put ice on my knees on occasion and put my legs up. I also use Ambien to go to sleep. Yes, I am very stressed out at what they did to me and have anxiety.

    Robert B. Jun 20, 2017  #196

  • James, it sounds like Hartford denied your claim based on the 24 month definition of disability switching from the inability to perform your own occupation to the inability to perform any occupation. Hartford only provides for one level of appeal so it is imperative that your appeal be as complete as possible. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you in appealing your denial.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 14, 2017  #195

  • I was in the medical field as a respiratory therapist for 27 years and always carried a Long term disability policy. In October of 2014 I was diagnosed with Lung cancer and had a large portion of my lung removed and subsequent chemotherapy which has left me with residual neuropathy, muscle weakness and chronic fatigue. I have been receiving my benefits for the last two years while jumping their hoops of medical exams and tests and procedures to validate that I cannot work. Today I was informed my benefits are stopped effective today. They had informed me in January that pending my last assessment by my physiologist, my benefits may change, not discontinued. Also it was determined that I can do sedentary work. So they no longer have to pay my benefits. One of the multitude side effects of chemotherapy is commonly referred to as brain fog. I know it sounds funny but it is a real problem. I have continued difficulties learning new information and concepts. I experience difficulties in memory and focus. This all has caused a sense of depression and hopelessness. I am functional but limited. This all is directly related to the cancer and I am seeking treatment however this all has come at huge costs. It’s been a struggle physically and financially for the last two years. And now without their benefits I see only one path. They claim I can appeal their decision, however it will take a minimum of 45 days. And I don’t see a decision going my way.

    James Apr 12, 2017  #194

  • Blackwell, it certainly would not hurt to consult with an attorney. Hartford has relatively strict criteria for offering buyouts. Please feel to contact our office to discuss your situation further.

    Stephen Jessup Mar 8, 2017  #193

  • I’m a 50 year old woman. In 2015 I broke my foot at work 4th and fifth Metatarsal Fractures. I was off work for 7 weeks (The Hartford) paid me not WC. I continued with doctors visits , as I am still continuing with pain. My doctor after 1 year gave me a IMM of 15% SLU. The Hartford sent me to their IME doctor who refused to give me a SLU and said I needed more treatment. (I heard that hardly ever happens) . His conclusion was I have a Mortons Neuroma , and would benefit from injections and possibly extraction of the neuroma. I just want it over, I do not have an attorney yet. I sent the claims adjuster a settlement demand and I have not heard back from the Hartford. Should I get an attorney?

    Blackwell Mar 8, 2017  #192

  • Hello, my name is Mrs. M. I’m currently off of work on maternity leave. My doctor took me off 2 weeks prior of my original date due to back pain. However, in the medical records that was faxed to Hartford didn’t indicate back pain at the time. He later sent a updated medical records stating my back pain was preventing from working. During this time Hartford called me back stating the case is being denial due to lack of medical restrictions. And that I can work 8 hours. I proceed to tell them that my job requires at least 60% or more in standing along with walking. They then proceed to contact my HR to obtain a copy of my job description. Which stated that I’m on my feet 60% and even more. Still awaiting on them to call me back. This is so ridiculous and knowing I’m having money taking out my check every two weeks to get treated like this. I’m 8 months pregnant and filed for Hartford on 11/14/16 and still haven’t been compensated. It’s delay after another. In this case I would like to know my option to obtaining my Short term disability, what can I do? My physician is willing to send them any paperwork to overturn the denial but they are still saying my claim is denied and nothing they could do at this time.
    Please Help!

    Mrs. M Dec 2, 2016  #191

  • TSA, if you have a lawyer an insurance company will likely not speak directly with you.

    Stephen Jessup Oct 13, 2016  #190

  • I was denied benefits siting pre-existing condition during the look back period because of knee pain that was diagnosed Patella Femoral Syndrome, after therapy and patella brace, I had no more treatments. I applied for short term disability benefits after I torn my meniscus 1/19/2016. Received benefits. Return to work post arthroscopic 3/15/2016. 4/12/2016 I reapplied for Short Term Disability after experience post open complications. 6/15/2016 I was notified that I would be going the LTD, which never happened. I was Denied those benefits 9/2/2016. I have filed an appeal. Now I have received a phone call asking if I had a lawyer. I do plan to retain a lawyer however, the instruction on the denial letter stated if the denied my appeal that would be the next process….my concern I’d why are they calling and asking me that question?

    TSA Oct 6, 2016  #189

  • LaTrice, if your claim was denied in 2013 there stands a chance that your statute of limitations to file a lawsuit against Hartford for the denial has potentially passed. Unfortunately, I do not believe you would have any action against Hartford for your pain and suffering.

    Stephen Jessup Jul 6, 2016  #188

  • In April of 2013 I had a Total Hysterectomy, Bilateral Salpingectomy, lysis of severe pelvic adhesions, and Cystoscopy surgery. My surgery lasted 4 hours. I was on short-term disability for 6 weeks and was still in pain. My doctor filled out the paperwork for me to have an extension, but Hartford denied my claim at the last minute and I was basically forced to return to work after 5 1/2 weeks. When I called them numerous times, they stated that the average coverage time for a hysterectomy is 6 weeks. I was so furious with them. I told them how are they going to tell me how I feel. I also told them that I had complications with my surgery and not everyone heals at the same time.

    When I returned to work I was in so much pain. I would take 1/2 vacation days to go home because I was feeling horrible. I had to bring pillows to sit on and a pillow to put behind my back which came on after sitting in pain.

    Four months later, I started having problems with the bathroom. I was going about 15 to 20 times a day, which I know wasn’t normal. Even having bowel movements were uncomfortable. Sex for me was also torture because of all the pain I was experiencing. It went on for almost 2 months. I finally couldn’t take anymore and went to my Gynecologist. During the first exam, the doctor said that my bladder and rectum had both fallen and that surgery was the only way to repair them. I was furious at the thought of another surgery. I started researching hysterectomies and bladder/rectum prolapses and found out they can happen after hysterectomies if the inside of your body is not healed. I blame Hartford for this. What are your thoughts on this. Is there a case?

    LaTrice Jul 1, 2016  #187

  • Charla, unfortunately most ERISA disability policies have a 3 year statute of limitations with which to bring a civil action against your insurance carrier. If your Hartford policy contains a 3 year statute of limitations then we would not be able to assist you.

    Stephen Jessup Jul 1, 2016  #186

  • I qualified for government disabilit but Hartford denied my long term disability even though my Dr said I couldn’t work. I appealed but their appeal is with their own company so it was still denied. This was around 8 years ago.

    Charla Jun 30, 2016  #185

  • Laura, please contact our office to discuss your claim and to determine how we may be able to assist you in litigating your claim. It would be helpful if you had a copy of your policy, denial letters and appeal in advance.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 28, 2016  #184

  • The Hartford approved STD benefits, then LTD benefits in my case, due to multiple ligament/tendon tears that can’t be repaired. I visited the genetics departments of 2 major hospitals to identify the specific disorder, not for myself but for my children. My doctors have repeatedly stated that I can’t work in any field, repairs to existing damage is not possible and treatment is limited to pain management. Due to my condition, additional damage is imminent and will involve major organs, which is where I am now. The hospitals did not evaluate me in terms of abilities, which they clearly stated, but a representative of Hartford told the hospital to fill out a questionnaire according to what complications could be expected of someone with my disorder. This is not representative of my limitations, since I’ve clearly had this genetic disorder since birth, but had no debilitating complications until later in life. I was never on disability due to the disorder itself, rather the disorder was found as a result of irreversible damage. The Hartford ended by LTD benefits based on this evaluation but went a step further. My primary medical doctor repeatedly filled out the same forms, with the same information, stressing that I’m unable to work but the Hartford challenged this determination. With genetic info in hand, they sent this to my primary doctor to challenge his opinion. After this, the hospital sent a letter to the Hartford stating their disapproval of misleading tactics and clarified that I was NOT evaluated for abilities. The Hartford refuses to reverse the decision and I’ve been without any income for over one year. My social security hearing has been pending for three years, but I recently received a date in the near future. I don’t know if it’s wise to wait for the social security hearing or pursue LTD wrongly denied in court. I appealed the decision with the Hartford (denied) and I was told by several lawyers that, while I have a case, the courts rely on medical reviews and chances are not great that my case will be reviewed thoroughly. Again…the reason I was approved for disability has not changed and my condition has not improved, but worsened. I’m confused as to how The Hartford can change the criteria of how they’ve determined I’m disabled (actual damage vs labeling the condition that caused damage) and end disability benefits.

    Laura Jun 26, 2016  #183

  • Twinkle, if you haven’t already secured a copy of your medical records I would strongly urge you to. From my experience it can be hard securing records from Kaiser, so to cover your bases it would be wise to get them independently as well. If your claim is denied please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 20, 2016  #182

  • I have been paying The Hartford STD and LTD for 13 years. I have now just filed my very 1st STD claim ever with them. They are already playing games. Claiming Kaiser (my medical provider) faxed them incomplete paperwork pertaining to my claim. The deadline for receiving this information is rapidly approaching (6/21).

    They are counting on pretending not to receive the information by the deadline to deny my claim. They have not yet denied my claim but after reading the reviews about this company and already dealing with their incompetence, I assume thats the plan.

    Twinkle Jun 15, 2016  #181

  • Raquel, did Hartford ever send you a formal denial letter? Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 8, 2016  #180

  • I have been out on STD with the Hartford since November 2015. After submitting my newest claim almost two months ago my claim was denied. The Hartford has done a great job when calling their customer service number that they are “reviewing my file”. I received a verbal denial and then after pressing them and speaking to superiors an email denial. I took the information back to my doctor. The doctor sent more medical notes and then I went to see another doctor. Since The Hartford stated the 1st doctor didn’t send me to a specialist. I have been without pay now and looking at this thread it looks like it will be longer. I’m calling them daily to no avail. This company is purposely denying claims. I sent an appeal letter requesting all of my files. I’m not sure what else to do here.

    Raquel Jun 3, 2016  #179

  • NeedHelp, an in person interview of any sort raises a red flag but is by no means a definitive guarantee your claim will be denied. Typically, the interviewer is not a healthcare worker unless specified. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim in greater detail.

    Stephen Jessup May 3, 2016  #178

  • What are you suppose to do when they set up in home interview? Does anyone win or get continued approval with this? As statement above makes it seem everyone gets denied. Is it healthcare worker sent to house? I’m not comfortable with this as my medical records clearly document my limitations. Though I know they are always looking to deny.

    NeedHelp Apr 30, 2016  #177

  • Terry, I assume that Hartford is denying your claim as you transition into the any occupation definition of disability? Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your denial and how we can assist you in appealing same.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 28, 2016  #176

  • I have left femoral neuropathy s/p knee replacement 2013, started receiving LTD benefits November 2013. Since then I’ve had rt shoulder AC joint reconstruction due to constant use of a cane, use a hip-knee-ankle orthoses; rt knee overuse exacerbated o/a and am facing joint replacement. I have residual rt shoulder pain, weakness cannot lift over 4#, limited ROM all verified by physical therapist. I have difficulty walking over 50′, difficulty standing; cannot sit longer than 30 min due to pain and stiffness of both knees.
    Was advised by Hartford 4/16 that benefits are being denied and that I am able to work: sit continuously, walk, stand, crouch, stoop, overhead reach, lift over 10#. I will be 63 in June 2016.

    Terry Apr 27, 2016  #175

  • Molly, if your policy requires you to be out of work for 7 consecutive days to satisfy an elimination period (or whatever time frame they use), then the date of disability may not go back to November and even if you met that timeframe- when you return to work it would effectively close the STD claim. The carrier can request additional information by way of questions from your doctor. Whether they ever know if you are present when they are completed is another thing. The fact they are sending additional questions to the doctor leads me to believe they are not inclined to find you disabled based on the information already in their possession. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim further.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 5, 2016  #174

  • Hi. I’m attempting to get short term due to migraines and weight loss due to vomiting/pain with migraines. The doctor did not document well but did at one of my appointments very thoroughly. They sent 3 full short answer type questions to my doctor and told him via phone I was not to be present while he filled out the paperwork. Can they request that? This is a lot of work for him to not be compensated?
    I went out on intermittent FMLa in November but he didn’t document my migraines until March, which is when I went out on full time FMLA. So why can’t Hartford go off the March 1 date when he did start documenting?
    My doc has been great up until this last 3 page set of questions. I think I want to fight them.

    Molly Apr 2, 2016  #173

  • From my experience with Hartford, every piece of information or way to obtain the information about you, is used in your detriment. They never contact you by email yet they want that info. They want your phone numbers. They want you to release private info from “service providers ” etc. And people sign the release form, cause they need the benefits, right? Well, the email, phone and mostly everything you come in contact with on a daily basis, is provided to you as a service, for which you granted them disclosures…. then you wonder how they know so much about you and your whereabouts…..private investigators loves these free tips….they will know who you talked to, where you’re going, reading your emails then recheck them as unread, use your phone to locate you, turn on your smart phone’s mic and camera, using the gps signal from you phone to locate you, having people come visit your place for various reasons with a camera phone in their hand without your knowledge etc. Because they want to be the best in the field, with 0% error, have the technology and approval to obtain info and even if it’s illegal snooping on you, its fair game unless they’re caught, which is impossible because….they think like a criminal in order to catch one. Bit of advice, be careful with the digital print you leave behind these days, monitor your home somehow when you not home and be aware of your surroundings,

    Selena Mar 30, 2016  #172

  • Manny, unless your spouse became eligible for dependent social security disability based on your disability I do not see how your benefit would be affected from a monetary standpoint if you were to get married.

    Stephen Jessup Mar 25, 2016  #171

  • Hello. I’ve been on LTD Hartford for several years now. Every year they mail me a questionnaire sheet asking lots of questions they already have and know. My question is, will my benefits be affected if I was to get married ? This is one of the questions they ask on the sheet. If so why.

    Manny Mar 24, 2016  #170

  • Brenda, a very interesting fact pattern. Please keep us informed as to what happens.

    Stephen Jessup Mar 22, 2016  #169

  • I was disabled in 2012, and at the beginning, The Hartford was helpful in filing my claim. I had to go through regular hoops with their processes, and each time my providers provided letters to follow up, the claim went forward. I had some unpleasant interactions, but none as ugly has it got after 2015’s bad stock year. The Hartford lost 24% in core earnings October 2015, and now they are poised to pay .21 dividends in April 2016.

    In 2013, I noticed that I began receiving quarterly delays from the scheduled disability deposits. In June 2013, I was informed by Judy Vue, a claims analysts that they were going to be delaying my claim by one week. I asked why, and in the process Judy stated that they only did this with “HIGH WAGE EARNERS.” I have copies of records from 2012 to 2014 where I see that The Hartford not only delayed deposits quarterly during 2013, but also deposited, then reclaimed my funds, to only redeposit them later. I began asking questions about whether this was propping numbers for their institutional investors and they freaked out. I received a letter from Brian Cain in September 2013, again advising me that they were withholding my disability deposit for a week. Again, what purpose would serve them by withholding scheduled disability deposits???

    After I began researching this, I discovered that the offshore banking laws changed in 2013, so I don’t know if this has anything to do with it, but I have to wonder how many people had their benefits deposits delayed or, unbeknownst to them (because it shows up behind the scenes inside the banking institution they way they did this), that their deposits were actually made, then reclaimed until a later date. I have contacted the FBI for help, as I understand that The Hartford was not allowed to release a deposit into my account, then remove it and retain it in their funds for another week.
    In August 2014, I began having problems with The Hartford again, and it took a call to the California State Department of Insurance to have them release my withheld disability funds. 4 months they held my funds up, then one complaint to the State changed that.
    In April 2015, I agreed to work with the Advocator Group (Hartford told me it would cost $5K of my SS funds), the Advocator Group sent me an agreement for $4K total, to be paid by the Hartford. What happened to the other 1K?

    I notified the Hartford that I was a victim of identity theft that included my passport, SS card, and embossed birth certificate. After the auto accident in 2014, I discovered that many inaccuracies and records (NOT MINE) were rolled in, as the Sutter Health NON-PROFIT was buying up records and rolling them into people’s medical records without verification. What a mess!!! As soon as I was aware of this, I immediately notified The Hartford. I thought this was helpful, but apparently this was not appreciated.

    So, I have been stonewalled by THE HARTFORD since June 2015, no answers to questions (in California they have 15 to 21 days to answer questions), my physician has been stonewalled, they cancelled my policy without acknowledging my physician or any medical data on 2 March 2016 with due to the medical expertise of Karen Mcarthur (no MD or anything else with this now), and then we discovered that a woman who was going by Dr. Karen Mcarthur, with a title of Medical Director for the Hartford and had been talking to my providers since 2014, has no records of her being licensed as a physician while presenting herself as one, and she working for the Hartford, I have maintained all records (accept for what they have refused to send since my many requests after I began asking questions).

    After my many questions about her qualifications – where did she go to medical school, what was her degree in, what were her qualifications for over-riding my doctor’s recommendations, and what were her Continuing Education credits, what qualifications does she possess for determining soft tissue damage and injury recovery…I was refused any answers. The Hartford told the state of California department of Insurance that Karen Mcarthur was a doctor last year (2015), but refused to put it in writing to me. First, her signatures began with Dr. Karen Mcarthur, JAJ (I asked my physician what sort of medical title JAJ was, but we were unable to find any such definition), then she signed as Dr. Karen Mcarthur, and now it is just Karen Mcarthur, Medical Director.

    I have appealed their decisions, and have had very poor responses. On 2 March 2016, a letter from The Hartford stated I was no longer disable according to their Medical Director, this is sited over and over in the letter on 2 March 2016. Then, my doctor wrote to The Hartford advising them that she had seen my medical condition degrade due to lack of care due to lack of benefits payments so I could seek care. She also noted that she was surprised to learn that Karen Mcarthur, their medical director was an attorney, not a medical professional. If this is the case, WHAT BUSINESS DOES SHE HAVE PLAYING DOCTOR WITH MY LIFE?
    I never took state benefits because I felt since I paid for the disability insurance, I expect them to pay as agreed. I have repeated demanded that they proceed forward with the Independent Medical Evaluation they started asking for, but they keep refusing to work with me on this.

    I have been turned over to another appeals person (my file has been bouncing back and forth since 2 February 2016) by the name of Daniel Zych. I was advised that it was going to receive a fair review, but he just stonewalls me, too. No answers.

    ONE OTHER NOTE: The Advocator Group is run by a group of attorneys, and I asked that the records they collected be verified for accuracy due to the many inaccuracies I had already seen in my medical records and because of the identity theft issues, and that The Hartford itself had many records that were not accurate (NOT MINE). Robert Zenner, a disability analyst for the HARTFORD, told me that they planned to discontinue their relationship with THE ADVOCATOR GROUP beginning 1 May 2015, when I alerted them to the fact that I was not only denied a chance to verify accuracy, but THE ADVOCATOR GROUP IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PROTECT HIPAA RIGHTS. I received a phone call from The Advocator Group a couple of weeks later asking me if I was still going to work with them to obtain my Social Security, I told the caller that it was my understanding that the Hartford was no longer working with them, and to call The Hartford. I asked Mr. Zenner who the Hartford replacement help would be, HE NEVER PROVIDED ME ANY MORE INFORMATION, AND THAT IS WHEN I WAS ASKED TO DO AN IME AND I FULLY AGREED, AS DID MY PHYSICIAN. WE STILL DO!
    I am currently considering revealing the banking records and transaction numbers to the media and ask for their help in revealing the underhanded practices of the Hartford. Thank you for providing this forum. The Hartford has a tag line “Thank you for the trusting the Hartford.” I THINK THAT IS REPREHENSIBLE BASED ON ALL OF THESE POSTED EXPERIENCES.
    If you had deposits delayed after they were scheduled, check with your bank (especially if this was in June 2013) PLEASE CONTACT THE FBI IF THIS HAS HAPPENED, because it is my understanding that the Hartford can not pull money from your account after deposit, and it may be questionable it they delay on a quarterly basis…like when it is time to report earnings in 2013. Judy Vue stated they did this to “HIGH WAGE EARNERS”…I have to question how many people they did this to now. I have reviewed the atrocities that have been happening to the people who signed up under AARP, and it appears that The Hartford has a practice of denying or playing other unjust games with the funds designated for the disabled and/or elderly people who are too sick, tired, or injured to fight back. A VULTURE CULTURE…so it appears.

    Brenda C. Mar 20, 2016  #168

  • Deneen, when did Hartford deny your claim? Please contact our office with a copy of the denial letter so we can discuss how we can assist you in getting your benefits reinstated.

    Stephen Jessup Mar 14, 2016  #167

  • I have been on LTD for 21 yrs due to a car accident. Since then I have had additional health issues(2 heart attacks, torn retina, vascular condition which causes fainting) and another car accident involving a drunk driver, driving at 90mph. I am 55 yrs old. I use a walker and wheelchair but have just been deemed able to work a 40 hour week assembling cars and lifting 60 lbs multiple times a day by The Hartford and my disability is over as well as my Life insurance. ARE THEY CRAZY!!!! What type of lawyer should I get to help me. I live in Las Vegas NV

    Deneen C. Mar 13, 2016  #166

  • Kassie, denial of SSDI benefits alone is not a basis for Hartford to be able to deny the claim, but would be used as part of any review for “any occupation” benefits. Additionally, if the policy does not contain “partial” or “residual” disability benefits there wouldn’t be a situation where Hartford would pay a percentage of the benefit if your husband is working. If you or your husband have concerns regarding his claim please feel free to contact our office to discuss.

    Stephen Jessup Feb 20, 2016  #165

  • Hartford required that we apply for ssd. We did and were denied. Does this mean that Hartford will probably drop our LTD policy also? Also there is a clause saying Hartford has to pay for 2 years unless my husband can work a similar job as he was before. (50-60hrs a week on his feet in retail with publix supermarkets) does this just mean they will try to get him to work a less demanding job and pay the difference or he wont have to work until his 2 years are up?

    Kassie Feb 19, 2016  #164

  • Melissa,

    It depends on the language of the policy. If the policy will only ever cover a certain period of time for the life of the policy due to a mental health condition then you may not be eligible for additional benefits. Do you have a copy?

    Stephen Jessup Jan 19, 2016  #163

  • I have been on STD before for the same reason of mental illness. I have bipolar and my meds have become immune I have dropped into a manic depression episode. Hartford says I can’t go on STD again for the same reason? is this true? My doctor took me off work.

    Melissa Jan 18, 2016  #162

  • My pleasure Todd! I am glad to see Hartford is still honoring the claim!

    Stephen Jessup Jan 12, 2016  #161

  • It was only with the help and wise advice of Steve Jessop that I got the Hartford to pay me anything on my group LTD Claim. We fought them for 10 months until they finally caved. I actually received Social Security Disability Income (which is darn near impossible the first application) before Hartford agreed to pay the claim.
    TO THEIR CREDIT-The checks have been deposited the 1st of the month ever since they agreed to pay!
    (THANKS again, Steve, for your fine work!)

    tmh Jan 8, 2016  #160

  • Kaydee,

    Please feel free to contact our office with a copy of your denial letter. We are more than willing to discuss your rights and options as they relate to your appeal.

    Stephen Jessup Dec 14, 2015  #159

  • So glad to see I’m not alone, I left work in March 2012 due to my crohns disease and gastroparesis along with chronic fatique. I’ve always had back issues and chronic pain but I didn’t leave work because of that, I worked for the Hartford for 25 years, paid for my LTD policy all that time, I am on SSD since leaving work I’ve had back surgery, and a bowel resection. Hartford has stopped my LTD checks stating that I can push a buggy thru my yard and spray paint some chairs. That they have on surveillance, that I can work a Sedentary job, which is what I did when I was working, I was hospitalized every three months for three years, but being a customer rep and having crohns disease with chronic horrible diarrhea is almost impossible to stay on the phone, I have no forewarnings, and its gotta go now, Hartford would have my supervisors reprimand me all the time for my bathroom time even though medical papers were provided to them. They sent me to one of their doctors who says I can work, using my mobility as an excuse, my mobility was never the reason for me leaving work or going on disability, it is a deadly internal disease, how they can see me drive or in the yard and say I can work is absolutely ridiculous, they do not see me in bed for days at a time when I’m flaring, when I’m in the bathroom 10, 11,15 times a day. But seems its always that two year mark when they decide your LTD is to be cut off. I can’t pay my bills or my medicine now. I think fighting them is fruitless. They even said my doctor said they would not comment on my condition, when in fact my doctor was never contacted. They are liars and thieves. And they took my entire SSD back pay and say I still owe them money.

    Kaydee Dec 13, 2015  #158

  • Josephine,

    There stands a likely chance that they will deny the LTD for failure to be disabled throughout the Elimination Period (STD Period). Please feel free to contact our office to discuss the STD denial and the pending LTD Claim.

    Stephen Jessup Dec 8, 2015  #157

  • My husband has been on STD sence June. As of Nov 14 hartford closed his case and stated that he had a return to work date of 11/14/15 in which he did not.They continue to process the LTD, but told us we are not in titled to the 2 weeks of lost STD due to them closing it. We called and called prior to Nov14 asking what was going on with the STD… As of today 12 /7/15 they closed the case this day… So Hartford basically told us we were out of luck with the back STD and they will contacts us on the decision for LTD.

    Josephine V. Dec 7, 2015  #156

  • Marquita,

    Thank you for sharing your story- hopefully, others will be able to learn from your unfortunate experience.

    Stephen Jessup Nov 15, 2015  #155

  • I know it’s to late for me but maybe someone will learn from my mistakes. I worked for Allstate Insurance Company for 22 years 11 months and I was injury on March 13, 1997 on the job. I had to have five operations in less then two years. Yes, I paid for LTD all this time and LTC. But when I attempted to start recieving benefits I was denied. The Social Security Adjudicator stated I was entilted to Social Security Disability and my Long term disability from my job. Well Hartford was the carrier and they refused. My claim and also my appeal. As of today I am still on SSD. Hartford insurance Company should be ashame of how many people they have caused hardships. I am not considered poor. I am so hurt and disappointed with this insurance company and their underwritters. I personally feel like Hartford is a company of thieves.

    Marquita L. Nov 14, 2015  #154

  • My wife went on STD due to having a seizure while being pregnant. Hartford approved the STD while she was pregnant, then denied it after the birth only to re approve it for a period due to my wife having a c-section. Her neurologist wanted to extend the STD for another 6 weeks to monitor her meds after the birth and make sure she was doing okay. Hartford has done nothing to assist with anything. All they are doing is requesting paperwork and more paperwork and then saying it takes 5-7 days to process the paperwork and another 7-10 days to make a decision. Meanwhile we are going on almost a month without a check and having the bill pile up. I hate these people. I used to deal with them through my employer until I decided to not renew the contract last year. There customer services sucks and most are rude and don’t give a dam about helping.

    Ben Nov 10, 2015  #153

  • Cheryl,

    Although ERISA only provides 180 days to file an appeal it would still be to your advantage to submit an appeal at this point. There does stand a chance Hartford would accept and review the appeal. If they do accept it and deny it for medical reasons it could open the possibility of another appeal or preserve rights to bring suit.

    Stephen Jessup Oct 31, 2015  #152

  • It is a crying shame that Hartford is still in business. My husband has Parkinson’s and was on long term disability under Hartford. They paid him for 3 years before they dropped him. They had a private investigator follow and film him, they screwed up his paperwork with his Neurologist and said he doctor wouldn’t respond. They had one of there doctors say he was able to work. They brought video for him to watch and intimidated him to the point he could barely function. They cancelled his insurance and didn’t notify him – he had to find out when he went to his doctor and was told he was no longer insured. His Neurologist are furious as he can barely function. My biggest mistake was not contacting an attorney right away. My husband was so upset he said to forget it as he was convinced we wouldn’t win against them. When I finally called an attorney, he said our time had expired to submit an appeal. He said it was a real shame since our case would have been a slam dunk. I think there should be a way to sue for wrongful termination of benefits. This is so awful and I cannot believe that our government allows this company to continue with their fraudulent actions.

    Cheryl O. Oct 30, 2015  #151

  • Nette,

    Your husband’s policy may have a 3 year own occupation period under the long term disability policy (as opposed to a 3 year short term policy). Hartford appears to have pre-approved the claim to the October date, which may be pertinent to your husbands policy. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your husband’s claim in greater detail.

    Stephen Jessup Sep 29, 2015  #150

  • I just noticed a remark on my explanation of benefits.

    “Your benefits have been approved for the period 05/02/2014 through 10/25/2015. Benefits are payable beginning 05/09/2014, upon completion of the waiting period. If you remain disabled beyond 10/25/2015, you must have your physician’s office contact us to provide an explanation of the complications, symptoms, limitations and treatment that extend your disability. Note, an off work slip will not be sufficient to extend benefits on your claim. If this information is not received by 11/04/2015 your claim will be closed.”

    Month after month my psychiatrist and therapist has been filling out Hartfords paperwork that is states exactly what they are asking for now but Hartford has always sent out the forms but my husband would always have me call and ask what they need. They have held back payments many times by not being honest about receiving doctor faxs and not sending forms out. Our policy states that after 3 years of STDI it will turn into LTDI until the age of 65. Hartford hired a company to file SSD which is already in the works. What trick are they trying to pull now? The added stress is making me worse!

    Typed by Nette's husband Sep 24, 2015  #149

  • Jules,

    If it was a clinical manager they are most likely in the medical department and want to discuss your current treatment.

    Stephen Jessup Sep 23, 2015  #148

  • I have LTD with the Hartford, they have pulled every trick in the book but I pulled my own tricks as well when I was shoved and harassed by them so so far I still have it and play there games back like they play with me! Today I received a call and was on my voice mail that a clinical type manager was wanting me to call her back but she was out of the office this week, so weird then how am I suppose to call you rt well she asked I call her next week. My question: who is this type person and now what are they up to seems like my case is shuffled around to a bunch of people that just call you out of the blue so again what does this person do within this agency and what does she want and what should I do or how do I handle her? Thanks.

    Jules Sep 21, 2015  #147

  • I was approved for disability the State of Tx but Hartford denied my claim, I appealed but the appeal was through Hartford. At the time, I couldn’t find a attorney to take them on. I wish there were lawyers like this several years ago.

    Charla J. Sep 4, 2015  #146

  • Atiya,

    Any time a carrier sends you for an IME there is always the risk they are looking to build a case to deny your claim. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you.

    Stephen Jessup Sep 1, 2015  #145

  • I went today for an evaluation with a dr hired by the Hartford. He spent 6-8 minutes with me and asked a minimal amount of questions. He never asked about my routine or lack thereof, or about any pain I was experiencing. I brought in my medical equipment that I used including a tens unit and he refused to even lol at it. He at one point knocked my bag and phone on the floor and left it right there. I had trouble getting up from the exam table and he told me to go to sleep right there and spend the night, and he exited the room. His receptionist came in and helped me up, and handed me my cane. I don’t feel like he could make any judgement on wether or not I can perform as he didn’t spend sufficient time with me and didn’t ask questions as to how I was feeling. The questions were odd, and didn’t apply to my injury. I’m concerned that they are trying to cancel my benefits.

    Atiya KC Aug 31, 2015  #144

  • Nette,

    I can’t imagine that you are still on STD since May 2014. At most, STD policies transition into LTD after 12 months. The policy will require you to apply for SSDI or Hartford will estimate what you would be entitled to and reduce your benefit by that amount. You certainly do not have to use their suggested attorney/advocator group and can choose your own. Denial for SSDI is very common, and that in and of itself would not be sufficient for Hartford to deny your claim under its policy.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 27, 2015  #143

  • *Hartford is my carrier.

    Nette Aug 26, 2015  #142

  • I have been on std since I believe may 2, 2014. I suffer from PTSD, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, flashbacks and insomnia with night terrors due to the tragic death of my son 5 seconds before i kicked in his door when i heard the gunshot and it went downhill mentally for me from there. I see a psychiatrist and a therapist and take a handful of pills every night along with daytime meds and am unable to return to my job i had for 26 years, l am constantly being cut off from my payments for lost paperwork or they just dont send it until I notice i have no money credited to my account. Now they have hired a company to file for Social Security Disability for me. I’m terrified that if I get denied SSD first time around (like you hear happens ofyen) they will use that as an excuse to deny my payments. They have added so much stress to my life. They assured me a few months ago they don’t discriminate Mental health claims.

    Nette Aug 26, 2015  #141

  • Rebecca,

    No, they do not share the information with the SSA.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 13, 2015  #140

  • Linda,

    Have you already submitted an appeal of Hartford’s denial? Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your rights under ERISA and how we can assist you in enforcing same.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 13, 2015  #139

  • I have a simple question, if Hartford denies your coverage by using video and interview to determine if you are disabled. If they deny your coverage, do they share their findings with SSD so they also may take your name off their rolls?

    Rebecca McClure Aug 12, 2015  #138

  • My experience with The Hartford has been exhausting and frustrating. The Hartford selectively chooses what to emphasize and what to ignore to benefit themselves as they deny my Long-term Disability claim. They monitor themselves it appears without any oversight or advocate for the client. They are a money-making machine that takes advantage of people who are compromised and weakened by serious illnesses. They create a picture of functionality using certain criteria while ignoring physical therapy restrictions imposed on the client. Despite having all current medical records & a letter from my treating physician stating that I have multiple Orthopedic issues that limit my abilities to perform an 8-hour job, they ignore this. They stated that my doctors would not respond to their requests for information when in fact they did respond multiple times, supporting my limited physical condition. They expect Doctor’s to handle their requests for information on a regular basis without any offer to compensate for the time involved to accomplish this, thus wearing down the medical providers and the client. They conduct incessant regular interviews on “recorded lines” which are intimidating and hostile. The request for medical records violates privacy and The Hartford sends long, unclear, convoluted forms to the providers to complete without proper explanation in a surreptitious manner to further confuse the provider and the patient. The Hartford receives a great deal of money each month from my employer to cover its employees, but after it seized my Social Security disability benefits in the amount of $23,000 it determined I was not disabled. Again they selected when its convenient to support me and when it’s not. The Hartford are sharks of the worst type. They take advantage of disabled people economic situations forcing them to file for Social Security Disability to gain a huge profits for themselves, then cut off the client when it has to pay out any benefits.

    Linda Yellin Aug 12, 2015  #137

  • Cindy,

    I assume that your policy has language that indicates something along the lines of: After 24 months of disability you will be deemed disabled if you are unable to perform the material and substantial duties of any occupation, which you are suited for based on training, education and experience and/or are unable to earn 60% or more of your indexed pre-disability earnings based on a sickness or injury. The Indexed Pre-disability earnings simply refers to how an insurance company will compute prior earnings when determining what 60% of your pre-disability earnings are (as used in my example). It is not a cost of living adjustment.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 11, 2015  #136

  • Could you please tell me what exactly the below means. It is taken from my long term disability policy.

    Indexed Pre-disability Earnings when used in this policy means your Pre-disability Earnings adjusted annually by adding the lesser of:1. 10%; or 2. the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI-W).
    The adjustment is made January 1st each year after you have been Disabled for 12 consecutive months, and if you are receiving benefits at the time the adjustment is made. The term Consumer Price Index (CPI-W) means the index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers published by the United States Department of Labor. It measures on a periodic (usually monthly) basis the change in the cost of typical urban wage earners’ and clerical workers’ purchase of certain goods and services. If the index is discontinued or changed, we may use another nationally published index that is comparable to the CPI-W.For the purposes of this benefit, the percentage change in the CPI-W means the difference between the current year’s CPI-W as of July 31st, and the prior year’s CPI-W as of July 31st, divided by the prior year’s CPI-W.

    Cindy Aug 10, 2015  #135

  • Mike,

    Hartford’s typical M.O. is to conduct video surveillance, conduct a field interview, and the conducting a review of the applicable medical records. As you have been on claim for 7 years it would be unusual for Hartford to go to the lengths they have. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim in greater detail.

    Stephen Jessup May 23, 2015  #134

  • I was wondering when Hartford would cut my Disabilty? I have met with their field rep and they are now re questioning medical records from my doctor. I have been on disabity for 7 years with Hartford. I was kinda of surprised that they had a PI following me. They never disclosed anything when I did my field interview. I’m just assuming that Hartford normal policy is to cut a claims disabilty. What is the normal time frame they cut your disabilty after the field interview. I also did the field interview at a park not my house. They were video tapping me while I did the field interview.

    Mike May 22, 2015  #133

  • Ruby,

    You are not insured under the policy with Hartford, as such they have no remedy against you. By all accounts it sounds like your husband has fulfilled his duty under the policy to pursue the benefit with SSDI through the appeal. You can certainly have him contact our office to discuss the matter further.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 29, 2015  #132

  • My ex-husband is collecting LTD from the Hartford after having a stroke. The Hartford made him apply for SSI, he was approved and paid back money to the Hartford. However, we have a child together I am the custodial parent but they are requiring him to apply for dependent benefits for our child with SSI. He applied for our son without my knowledge and was declined twice from SSI because he is not the custodial parent. The Hartford wants me to apply for SSI and pay back the money to them that I receive from dependent SSI to them directly for my ex-husband. The Hartford also threatened to reduce the amount my ex-husband receives from them in accordance to this amount. Is this legal? SSI said that the benefits should only be used for the minor child, any advice?

    Ruby Quin Apr 28, 2015  #131

  • Thomas,

    Your disability benefit is based on your pre-disability earnings as defined under the policy. You will have to review your policy to determine if the benefit amount is being paid correctly. With respect to a buyout – I would not be able to say how your lender would review the lump sum buyout as it relates to your outstanding loan. If you have questions regarding the sufficiency of a lump sum buyout please feel free to contact our office.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 16, 2015  #130

  • I have been receiving a Hartford LTD Benefit from several years now and have experienced some stressful issues that have affected my health. I also have waived premiums for two Life Insurance Policies , A Life Insurance Policy offered by my employer and an extra elected life insurance policy that I also paid for when I got the Hartford Disability coverage through my employer. When I went onto my LTD, after my STD coverage benefits time limit ended, was it was suppose to be 60% of my Gross Income, or just my Net, or Net but including any Pre-taxed or non-taxable deductibles like health insurance? I have a copy of the policy but it can be confusing due to the language they use. To start with, I wanted to make sure they didn’t cut me short on the maximum benefit I was suppose to receive, just to assure a possible correct Lump Sum Buyout amount. But that is not my main concern or question, but still important too.

    By requirements of the Policy, I was to, and did, apply for SS-Disability once my LTD coverage started. Fortunately my SS-Disability claim was approved without question due to the severity of a chronic life long heart issue, and the first time which is hard and rarely done which shows the severity of my disability.. And once my LTD benefit time period ended, I went onto SS-Disability as well as Medicare and a Medicare Advantage Plan. But my Hartford Life and Disability Policy also included continued waivers for my Life insurance policies and a small % coverage benefit to cover the difference between what SS-Disability awarded me and what my actual maximum amount Hartford stated my maximum benefit was to be. So I still get a small monthly disability benefit income from Hartford that is stated is a Third party Sick Pay Income (non-taxable and non-reportable I was told) that’s just enough to help pay for my health insurance coverage, as well as my life Insurance Policies that are still waived, secured and active. But because of all stresses put on my heart health from the harassments with the constant reviews for continued disability, I have been considering looking into a lump sum buyout just to reduce the un-needed and un-necessary stress that affects my health so badly, and stop all of the possible threats to close my LTD claim and harassment & hoops to jump through with all the harsh un-necessary reviews . I looked at your video and read the info offered, but one of my question is, this small % Third Party Sick pay benefit is not suppose to affect the amount I receives from SS-Disability, and is only a supplement to it and brings me up to the maximum amount I was qualified to receive stated by The Hartford, and is non taxable and non-reportable as I was told.

    If I was to accept a Lump Sum Buyout and received a decent amount to consider, would or could SS-Disability try to use that buyout payment amount against me, my benefits / claim or even cancel my claim? Will it still be considered a Third Party Sick Pay and non-taxable or non-reportable as I was told? And will the values of the Life Insurance Policies waiver costs be included in the Lump Sum Amount as well? I also qualified for, and awarded, a total deferment and forgiveness on the remaining amount of a Parent/student Sallie Mae College loan, for my daughters college education, due to my disability being permanent and life long. The approval decision was based on my current disabilities, assets (savings accounts amounts, IRA’s or Retirement Accounts, 2nd homes or other properties and income(which I have non at all), with a three year monitoring time period so they can know if I went back to work and/or no longer disabled. Any disqualifications during the three year period and they will reinstate the loans. I do not own a home of my own, but really need one badly and want to buy a lot or build one, but afraid they will reinstate the college loan if I do the Lump Sum Buyout and use this buyout funds to purchase a home or property to build on. I am also afraid if they, Sallie Mae, sees a large sum amount deposited into my checking account they will want to reinstate the loan as it would exceed that maximum amount they consider to disqualify for. Any help, guidance or info is greatly appreciated. I just want to be careful and understand all of the ramifications and affects doing a Lump Sum Buyout before I spend any more time perusing it or moving farther with it.

    Thomas Apr 15, 2015  #129

  • Michael,

    Please feel free to contact our office to discuss. We will need a copy of the policy as well. Many policies contain subrogation rights if your disability is caused by or in part by the negligence of a third party. Regardless of that an administrative appeal of the denial will need to be submitted.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 7, 2015  #128

  • My disability monthly payments have been unlawfully cut off. I have been collecting LTD benefits for over two years and now Hartford has cut me off and wants me to refund over 16K$ back to them. I am unable to work and also am collecting Social Security disability. This was because of a auto semi-truck accident. I was paid an award from a law suit against the truck driver. This award was no where near enough to cover my losses and is not all compensation for lost wages. Hartford is stating that the award is all wage compensation which it is not. No where in our contract allows Hartford to dictate what my award money is to be used for. The award was not taxed as it is not income.

    Michael Itzo Apr 6, 2015  #127

  • Charles,

    The letter should detail your rights to an administrative appeal. Under ERISA based disability policies an administrative appeal must be filed prior to the filing of any lawsuit. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you in appealing the denial of benefits.

    Stephen Jessup Mar 21, 2015  #126

  • My name is Charles Frederick, I have been receiving The Hartford Longterm Disability since Aug 12th 2013. I received a letter that they are going to terminate my LTD on Aug 12th 2015. This was after my Dr sent filled out their examination papers and stated that my condition would not increase beyond what it is now. They are saying that since it doesn’t say I am totally disabled I can do another job and they don’t have to pay on the occupation that I had at the time. This is a future change to their policy made to be effective August 15th 2015. Is there any recourse or legal action you and I could take?

    Charles Frederick Mar 20, 2015  #125

  • Michael,

    Some Hartford policies contain subrogation rights if your disability is caused by or due to the negligence of a third party. It would have been ideal to work with the personal injury attorney to draft language in the release to attempt to avoid this problem. Please feel free to contact our office to see if there is any way we can possible assist you at this time.

    Stephen Jessup Feb 2, 2015  #124

  • I have been collecting monthly disability payments from “The Hartford” insurance company for about three years due to a disabling auto accident. Now that I won an award from a lawsuit, Hartford claims the award was all for loss of wages and has cut my payment by over $1,000.00 and also demanding 16K$ to be returned to them. My award was for a combination of many loses and was not all income replacement. My award no where near made me whole. Hopefully something can be done to stop their greedy claims!

    Michael Itzo Feb 1, 2015  #123

  • Cindy,

    Hartford will typically negotiate repayment plans on overpayments, which can include withholding your monthly benefit to recoup same. With respect to the arrangement affecting your claim – chances are the repayment process will not. With that being said, Hartford policies often contain a two year own occupation definition of disability, as you have been on disability for 13 months this would most likely leave you with 11 months of benefits under this standard before the any occupation definition is applied. Despite being approved for SSDI, your claim will face increased scrutiny and likelihood of denial at that time.

    Stephen Jessup Dec 13, 2014  #122

  • I have several spine ailments including Degenerative Disk Disease, Spinal Stenosis and Scoliosis. After years of suffering severe back pain, I was forced to stop working and applied for LTD through my employer provided benefits. I have been receiving LTD from the Hartford since November 2013. I also filed for Social Security Disability and I was recently awarded SSDI benefits with retroactive payments totaling roughly $20,000.00. My LTD policy states that I have to pay the Hartford for this “overpayment.” I don’t deny that I owe them this money but I really need this money to pay past due bills and medical expenses as a result of my illness. I would like to make payment arrangements with the Hartford instead of sending them the whole amount immediately. I would prefer they with hold my $1,700.00 per month LTD payment for 12 months to repay the overpayment. In your opinion, would the Hartford accept a payment arrangement such as this? Would 12 months be considered too long? Would this jeopardize my future LTD payments from the Hartford? For instance would they be more inclined to cancel my LTD benefits because of this? Any insight would be much appreciated.

    Cindy Dec 12, 2014  #121

  • Jules,

    Hartford is clearly reviewing your claim- to what extent is unknown. How long have you been receiving benefits? If it has been approximately two years (or coming up on two years) then they are most likely reviewing your claim for continued benefits under the “Any Occupation” definition of disability. It is not uncommon for Hartford to review a claim over a matter of months and continue to send benefits until such time it thinks it has enough information to deny a claim.

    Stephen Jessup Oct 24, 2014  #120

  • So an investigator came to my home and just asked questions which I was given a couple months advance notice this would be taken place. No, he didn’t pull out any video and meeting went well. Months later they asked for my trading doctor to evaluate me on what I can do and can’t. Well, he ended up wanting 3000 to do and Hartford I was told pays 350 per hour up to 1000 bucks. So they sent me to a neurologist that I have never seen before and was a complete joke. Nothing he asked was about what I had; he didn’t even read my complete file submitted by The Hartford that goes through DD Associates. To set this up the Dr. in the prior month cancled twice on top of sending papers about what I can and can’t do that he never even asked me tested me for, touched me etc.! I called the following morning to make a complaint. I was transfered to a nurse to tell them what this 5 min Dr. did and didn’t do. So I told them I didn’t know if or what the Dr. thought. I asked when will I know what he said. Hartford told me 2 weeks and if I was denied I asked how long till I can appeal. They told me 6 months. At this time I’m so pissed I had to travel out of town to deal with all of this and to be this neurologist last appt. for 5 min. So I said to Hartford what the heck is going on here. She says well he was supposed to see what your limits are based on interview recording and what was said and on top of surveillance that I had no idea about but I thought they would try to do. I’ve never dealt with The Hartford. This lady I spoke to, she was super nice and actually gave if I didn’t think she prob. was supposed to tell me, like the survillace.

    So question is, since they didn’t whip of surveillance at the meeting investigation why did they do it after, is that normal? Then set up this appt. to see a neurologist. All this is happening at least 5-6 months apart. I find it kinda weird they would keep sending me checks if they had something bad on survillace over the last year, or is this normal?

    Jules Oct 23, 2014  #119

  • Karen,

    If all of your appeals have been denied your only option at this point may be to bring a lawsuit under ERISA. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you with same.

    Stephen Jessup Oct 16, 2014  #118

  • After 2 years of Hartford LTD, and after a detailed letter from SSD attorneys, stating that I was completely disabled and unable to work on any capacity, Hartford denied continuation of benefits. Through fraudulent practices both of my appeals were denied! My anethesilogist, who handles my severe pain, even sent a letter confirming my total disability. Hartford refused to even acknowledge it! Please help. My income was reduced over 1000 each month and I can’t even pay my bills!

    Karen Townsend Oct 14, 2014  #117

  • Thomas,

    Typically if you hire an attorney the attorney will be the contact point with the insurance company as a safeguard to the client. If your claim is being actively investigated there stands a chance that Hartford could look to deny your claim based upon conversation you have with them. With respect to costing you “a lot more,” there are fees associated with representing a client, and although there is never a guarantee an insurance carrier will not deny a benefit, risks can be minimized with legal representation. Please feel to contact our office to discuss your claim and how we may be able to assist you with monthly claims handling.

    Stephen Jessup Oct 14, 2014  #116

  • I have been totally and permanently disabled for several years now with severe heart disease. I was advised to take up disability by my Cardiologist and DSS after my 1st CABG, and worked several years before I finally had to, after a few more serious heart attack(s) and increased heart issues. I thought it was time for another CABG, but the surgeon that did my 1st CABG advised me I was no longer eligible for revascularization. All but one of the grafts were gone and not enough left to graft to on my native coronary arteries. End stage. After a lifetime career and preforming 5 different titles at once for the same company, I still attempted to try to work part time for several months, with easier tasks at work. The company was very good to me. But I just couldn’t do it anymore. I had to stop. My Cardiologist finally wrote me out as disabled and said I was going to kill myself. And that with what heart I have left, the only surgical procedures left would be a heart transplant, and it is not going to get any better. It is a life long event. So I was very dedicated, serious with the issues at hand and I followed all required steps and procedures with my STD. No problems with The Hartford although the first few months adjustments with income and getting checks on time. Once it was time to file for LTD, I also filed for SS-Disability and got it right away without any issues, questions or denials, which is hard to do with heart issues. (I really had hopes of a transplant then returning to some type of employment.) But they did say my medical records show the severity of my heart disease and they were not going to dispute it at all. I was also approved for my LTD from Hartford. So ever sense then I have gotten my SS-Disability and a % from Hartford to make up the difference to meet 60% pay of my income when I worked. Everything followed to the letter. Sense then my heart has only gotten worse and my health has failed miserably. A few more heart attacks and other serious heart issues. And now suffering from CHF/Congestive Heart Failure (Moderate Left Ventricle Dysfunction) and living via a ICD (Pacemaker/Defibrillator Implant). I have suffered 6 V-Fib (Ventricle Fibrillation) events (death) over the past 2/3 years and only survived due to my ICD and on my 3rd ICD already. The first V-Fib event was triggered by 15 minutes of simple light yard work, and I fell into a 9 ft deep culvert nearly breaking my back and neck. 5 others in a single morning just before a heart cath, for a Adult Stem Cell Study I was going to receive. So bad it nearly killed my ICD. After the V-Fib events, the heart surgeon said they are afraid to do anything else to agitate/aggrivate my heart now, now that they have it stabilized and want to keep it that way as long as possible. And I asked them if that mean I am no longer considered disabled and I can return to a job, and he said absolutely not, my heart is still severely sick. SS-Disability deferred my 7 year review recently due to the severity and heart issues and last year Harford continued my LTD after I submitted my medical records, showing all of the ViFib events, other heart issues and CHF that I have suffered. And again my Cardiologist stated this is a life long debilitating event on the forms as he has every time. But this year Hartford asked for another update on my medical again. Which I had no issues, but when I asked why so soon, I got some remarks that really bothered me. “The Policy with my Employer changed…”, “we can ask for it every year now”, “They don’t go by SS-Disability definitions of Disabled” and so on. But my former employer had told me they do not use Hartford anymore? I also mentioned that with all this paper work with concerns, all of my heart issues and stress of getting it all correctly done in time, I may get a lawyer to fill them out for me because it is getting to be too much for me to handle mentally and physically. They did not like hearing that and told me that they will no longer be able to talk to me and it is really going to cost me a lot more if I do. Just to fill out some forms and assuring they are correct? (not to handle a suit or anything. Really?) That really intimidated me and scares me to death to think they can change the policy or definition of “disability” after a claim has been approved and still open. Or the fact I can’t go and get some professional help with the forms. I almost fear they want to cancel me because my former employer doesn’t use them anymore? Also, I mentioned it to my former HR person and they called them and requested a different case worker for my claim, but it was denied. I didn’t ask for that to happen but it did and was out of my control. Maybe the case worker has a issue with me now too? I have suffered a lot of Angina Attacks and stress because of this and nearly went to the ER it was so bad. I have had to take so much Nitro it alone makes me sick. I am not supposed to be under any undue stress. I almost feel like I am due for another heart cath now, just to monitor/check my hearts most accurate condition. (EF Rate and Left Ventricle Function) I am very, very afraid. But it cost so much and is very dangerous for my heart right now. I depend on every penny I do get to survive, I am homeless and have to live with someone else and go the last week of the month penniless. I have sense sent in the info requested with required signature upon delivery. And I have gotten one call and message from them asking me to call them back. I have tried several times and left messages, but have yet to hear from them. I am so afraid they are trying to find a reason to cancel my claim, watching me or videoing me and just looking for any reason at all. I am not sure what to say or do if they do cancel my claim. Can you please advise me, without giving them any legal reasons to stop communicating or working with me all together?

    Thomas Oct 13, 2014  #115

  • Jules,

    Typically Hartford would advise you in advance that it wanted to send you form an IME. You can certainly call them to get to the bottom of it. The only other thing I can think of is if you have a pending SSDI claim and the request for the appointment was made by the SSA.

    Stephen Jessup Sep 21, 2014  #114

  • I have the Hartford LTD insurance. I have RSD also known as CRPS, it’s been a couple years now I have passed all their hoops they put me through. Well today just checked the mail and I have an appointment with some neurologist that I never made an appointment for. I find it super weird, who would be send me this? It’s the weekend but I left a message with the doctor’s office, stating I just received this. Didn’t make the appointment and wanted to know who is wanting to send me there, so we’ll see. On the other hand, I’m thinking probably the Hartford maybe, but I have not got any papers from them stating they were doing this, not a phone call or anything. I find it kinda weird! Any ideas before I hope to get an answer from the neurologist to see who wants this?

    Jules Sep 20, 2014  #113

  • J. U.,

    Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you in appealing Hartford’s denial.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 14, 2014  #112

  • I have a short term disability claim because I had a spinal fusion. I remained hospitalized for 16 days due to complications and my doctor gave me a ‘release to return to work’ that reads that after reviewing of essential functions of the employees position I determined that that the employee CAN NOT RETURN TO ANY TYPE OF WORK until: 3-6 month of recovery”. Today it is 2 moths and the insurance says they don not think I need to be on disability anymore since I am doing sedentary work and 3 months they do not think is reasonable and that they will forward my claim to some nurse for review.

    I have a three levels in my lumbar spine fused and this was my fourth back surgery. This is the first surgery that has been with complications and serious set backs, in the past I was able to return much quicker so I never needed to go thru this awful process with short term disability.

    In any case, I am physically not able to work, I cannot be up for even a half a day at this point, the longest I was able to sit or stand combined has been 1.5 hours or so. I also continue to have a low grade fever that was continuous for 5-6 weeks and is now coming and going but they still do not know from what.

    Since the insurance said they think I am able to work I now provided them with my doctors release but they said that will not do.

    Is there anything I can do to fight this? Is short term disability something any attorney will take on?

    Thank you.

    J. U. Aug 13, 2014  #111

  • CB,

    We would need to know more about the specific facts surrounding your claim for benefits under SSDI and your insurance carrier. If the disability is based on the same condition or arises at the same time then the company may be entitled to offset the benefit. Furthermore, as the facts and circumstances giving rise to your question occurred over 4 years ago you may possibly be precluded from pursuing legal recourse on account of the Statute of Limitations expiring. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 4, 2014  #110

  • I receive LTD and the policy I have says if I am receiving SS Disability before receiving LT benefits that my Social Security would not be offset it says that they will only be offset if I start receiving them after I start receiving LTD. I was entitled to SS benefits starting May 1, 2010. As per previous discussions with the company with regards to the contract I have with them it states that if I was receiving benefits from SS prior to receiving LTD from the company I am entitled to my full amount with no reductions under this agreement. I filed for my SS benefits before I was even allowed to file for my STD. LTD company did not start paying me LTD until May 22, 2010 they paid this in August of 2010 and went back as far as May 22, 2010 for my LTD. Social Security picked up as of May 1, 2010. My first LTD check covered from 05/22/10-08/31/10. Since I legally started receiving SSD before LTD started can they reduce my LTD legally?

    CB Aug 3, 2014  #109

  • Audrey,

    Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim for Short Term Disability benefits. Please note however, if your claim does fall under the pre-existing condition exclusion contained in your Long Term Disability policy there may be very little that can be done with respect to same.

    Stephen Jessup Jul 26, 2014  #108

  • I recently had a total knee replacement surgery in June I applied for STD through Hartford which is offered through my employer. I received one payment of $532.00 on the 11th of july at which time my analyst Linda Wood stated she would be sending me paperwork for more medical information she needed for my claim long story short I never received the paperwork so without no notification Hartford terminated my claim stating I am no longer considered disabled even though they have all of my doctors notes from the surgery and my FMLA paperwork from my employer I tried contacting them on several occasions only to be ignored finally I called almost in tears about my payments to be told I would not receive my benefits until this paper is filled out to which they changed my termination status to pre-existing condition. I suffered with chronic arthritis pain and degenerative joint disease I had no cartilage left and that is why I needed the surgery in the meantime if I do not receive the money I can not pay my premuims for my medical benefits, my lights will be shut off and I can not buy food for myself or my dog and I need to pay my car insurance. I am totally pissed off right now and I intend to cut all ties with Hartford. I am at my wits end. I am not scheduled to go back to work until Sept 1st.

    Audrey Olivia Bland Jul 25, 2014  #107

  • Peggy,

    Hartford does not have a duty at this time to provide you directly with a copy of the IME report. However, if your claim were to be denied then they would have an absolute duty to provide it to you. It should also be noted that Hartford would typically send the IME report to your doctor for review and comment if Hartford was in the process of reviewing the claim for a potential denial of benefits. Other than that Hartford would not provide a copy to your doctor without a written request. If you have not already, I would suggest you make a written request to Hartford to send a copy of the report to your doctor.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 27, 2014  #106

  • I have been on SSD and Hartford Disability for 3 years and Hartford sent me for a IME to a Dr. that did truck driver exams for Dot exams and workers comp injuries. I am off work for Meniere’s which this Dr. did not specialize in. But he did do a hearing test and did tell me that I did have Meniere’s in his opinion. This was done 4/14 and I have asked for a copy of this IME and was told that I could not have a copy of my own medical record but they would call me back around the end of May / the first of June, that they were having it reviewed right now by their team. They said they would send a copy to my Dr. and would call me when this was done so I could request a copy from him. I have never received this call. I call my Dr. yesterday and they said they never received a copy of it. My question is, is it not my right to have a copy of my own medical records if I request it?

    Peggy Horton Jun 26, 2014  #105

  • Chris,

    Was the cessation of benefits due to a denial of your claim, if so have you filed an appeal of the denial? Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim further.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 22, 2014  #104

  • I was receiving disability from the Hartford and Susan sent forms to my doctors requesting tye same thing they always require. My doctors didn’t return these ro her as they have policies that they get paid a certain amount for filling out forms. My policy said if I received social security before they pay ltd that I will receive full ltd and not have the offset. She stopped paying me and I have been trying to get them to restart my payments. Social Security is sending me a letter saying that my I was disabled as of my last day of work and my benefits with them started march 20, 2010 the Hartford didn’t start until may as I wasn’t allowed to even file my short term disability till after I had been out for a while. They started paying the end of April or May of 2010. I have heard nothing from themon rrestarting my payments and she has yet to send me copies of the forms so I can take them to my physicians to be filled out. I’ve lost one of my doctors to cancer and one will be retiring as of June 30th 2014. I now I received benefits in 2013 as I had to file it on my taxes but it has been almost a year now and no response from them. I mailed information to them and finally faxed aome of it about a month ago and still nothing. I’m not sure what to do at this point as I have had no response from them. I don’t know if they’re still waiting to see what social security has to say or what… I explained to them in my letter that had a doctors report attached (faxed) that ibwas sending them yet another copy of that and requested again thatvshe send me the forms so I could take them in and have them filled out and return them to her but have heard nothing from them and they stopped paying a while back. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Chris Jun 21, 2014  #103

  • Fostina,

    It may be in your best interest to consult an attorney. Hartford does not typically require an IME as part of its review process, and the scheduling of same may be a precursor to a claim denial. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim further.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 4, 2014  #102

  • I’m currently on my 23rd month of LTD with The Hartford and about a month ago I completed their mandatory IME. There has been no correspondence from the IME doctor to my doctor (my dr fully supports me not working at this time due to chronic pain, spinal fusion, neuropathy in hands & feet) to further discuss my case & also when I ask for an update the Hartford Analysis knows nothing re: my case moving forward. My last check will be June, why is everything so last minute? I feel very much in the dark & filled with stress & anxiety, should I be doing anything now to prepare for the future i.e. consulting, etc? I cannot afford to go on as I am today without a monthly income. What should I do?

    Help please!

    Fostina Jun 3, 2014  #101

  • Dear God – just reading all these posts lets me know this “company” should be brought before the Dept. Of Justice for their TOTAL disregard for the law. They probably think they are untouchable. So did Al Capone.

    Gloria Anderson May 17, 2014  #100

  • Jules,

    You can certainly request to have the interview conducted at a neutral location outside of your home. Please be advised that Hartford typically performs video surveillance prior to an in person interview.

    Stephen Jessup May 4, 2014  #99

  • Why does The Hartford send paperwork about what you can do and can’t, then I just sent it in, then they called me and told me that they received it and someone from their office would contact me to have a interview with me at my home in a week or so. That was today, they called and told me this so waiting on phone call.

    Question: why are they comming to my home and can I request me meet somewhere else?

    And I’m reading about these people following and recording you, do you think that’s why they are doing a home visit? And I may add me moved a couple months ago and I’m still giving old address so if they have been watching me they would of diffently had to try to track me, I guess.

    Can you please help with my questions so I know what to do in the interview as well as do they have to come to my home? And I have been diagnosed with RSD or need name these days CRPS. I have good days and bad but my symptoms have calmed down but this stuff is not curable just managed with pain meds and I can’t stay on my feet all day from the work I was doing before and I’m having other problems as this disease spreads and is triggered by stress etc.

    Jules May 3, 2014  #98

  • Natalie,

    Hartford does not typically send claimants for Independent Medical Evaluations, especially so early in the claim. Your fears might be reasonable. I would also caution you that Hartford utilizes video surveillance extensively and will most likely videotape you the days before, after and on the date of the IME. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim further.

    Stephen Jessup May 1, 2014  #97

  • I have been on LTD with The Hartford for a year. Out of the blue they are sending me for an Independent Medical Exam. I am afraid this is their attempt to try and get me off of benefits. Do I need a lawyer or should I wait and see what happens?

    Natalie Apr 30, 2014  #96

  • My wife works for Weis Markets. She was off for 4 months for surgery. Hartford the disability carrier for Weis, closed her account 2 and a half weeks before she went back to work. I have her call Every Day, she got to talk to a person 1 time and they said they would investigate it. Still waiting to talk to a person again or have anything done. They suck!

    Robert Cavanna Apr 27, 2014  #95

  • Gerald,

    If you have not already filed your appeal please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may assist you in filing same.

    Stephen Jessup Apr 19, 2014  #94

  • Was on getting LTD from Hartford ,now on SSDI and they cancelled my LTD. My dr. said he have done all he can do for me and now I go to a pain managment to get my meds, for pain for back fusion and legs pains, the pain management will not fill out any forms that is their policy. Now Hartford wants more forms filled out but my back dr. will not see me any more till it is time for a check up in a couple of years. What can I do so to get what Hartford said they would pay me till I am 65 on top of SSDI?

    Gerald Farries Apr 18, 2014  #93

  • Tom,

    You should definitely write them to seek clarification on that issue. If the policy states benefits are to be paid until you reach your SSNRA, then you should be entitled to the extra year of benefits. It may be that the claims person wasn’t paying attention to the policy language and defaulted to the standard age 65 maximum benefit. If they do continue to insist the benefit ends at 65, then please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you in securing the final year of benefit.

    Stephen Jessup Feb 28, 2014  #92

  • I was 56 years old in 2006 when I was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (a form of Muscular Dystrophy) which is totally disabling. I started receiving SSD and LTD from Hartford and they have been very fair with me. In August I will turn 65 years old and Hartford tells me my benefits will stop. Their LTD policy states that if you become disabled at 61 years old or younger, you will receive benefits until Social Security Normal Retirement Age. In 2006 the normal retirement age was 66 years old. What can I do?

    Tom Downs Feb 26, 2014  #91

  • J,

    I have yet to see any instance where an insurance carrier videotapes inside a house, so you have little to worry about there. If your backyard is visible from the street or a public area, then I would caution you that it would be fair game.

    Stephen Jessup Feb 14, 2014  #90

  • Hello,

    I realize the Hartford insurance company can follow and record me once I leave my house. Is it legal for them to set up video survaillance on the outside of my house to record me on the inside of the house? Or even record me in my own back yard?

    Thank you!

    J Feb 13, 2014  #89

  • Fran,

    Our thoughts are with your son. Unfortunately, group disability policies allow the benefit to be offset by the amount received from Social Security and other sources of enumerated “Other Income.”

    Stephen Jessup Feb 2, 2014  #88

  • My son worked for Walmart for 18 years before he was diagnosed with stage four melanoma with mets to brain, lymph nodes, illiac chain and more. He was given a few months to live. That all began in April of 2011. I learned that doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center announced a new chemo, actually two new chemos that were prolonging life in melanoma patients. We told three local oncologist who said, those meds will kill him! This after he told me my son had three months to live! I left that NC doctor and went to a University and told them what I knew about Sloan. We went to Sloan and the University docs followed their regimen. Bottom line: my son got SSD, and after a long wait, a lump sum check for short term disability from the Hartford. He was expecting the same for his long term and was hoping to buy a handicap van with the money, instead, they gave him $59 a month. He is still terminal and due to the location and damage from brain tumors, he is quadriplegic. I checked the Walmart site and I guess this $59 is legal. Shame because his total medical insurance is more than $700 a month. His chemotherapy is in pill form and costs $8,500 a month. His income is $1,025 from SAD and $59 from Hartford. He will never get to see much of the long term money he counted on for the van. Too bad we all do not read the fine print!

    Fran Alt Feb 1, 2014  #87

  • Jackie,

    I am sorry to hear of your difficulties. You are certainly not alone in them. You are right; the best way to deal with an insurance company is a paper trail that should include a signature receipt confirmation for important documents. Should you have continued difficulty with Hartford, please feel free to contact our office to discuss your rights and options.

    Stephen Jessup Jan 30, 2014  #86

  • Hartford is repeatedly calling and sending letters to me saying that they have not received documentation from a certain doctor. The nurse at the doctor’s office says they have sent them repeatedly. I went and picked their records and mailed them myself before Christmas. They claimed they never received those. They are threatening to deny my claim because they have not received the documentation. In hindsight, I should have sent the papers registered mail. I had a heart attack Jan. 8th. I called and spoke with nurse case manager who claimed she had called me and I wouldn’t return her call. Not true. I told her I was very sick and felt this was very close to harassment. It actually is, I think. I am going to resend papers certified mail. Just wanted to let everyone know how they operate. They are making me crazy from the stress and anger.

    Jackie Jan 29, 2014  #85

  • Unfortunately in the Appeal process is it too late to hire a lawyer.

    Got call today from The Hartford saying that they do read the Facebook and he understood why I was upset that my appeal had not been assigned to any one yet and said some one should finally contact me tomorrow from the appeal’s office. And if anyone needs to know found out yesterday that they have 45 days to do something.

    As I was told I received a call feom the appeals manager. Who let me know I should have an appeals specialties assigned shortly that the appleas department is presently backlogged and are getting to appleals as they are recieved. As I am presently having ro spend most of my time in bed I will try to keep everone up dated about what is going on with The Hartford at work claim. Thats for all the messages of support hope to know something soon.

    Day 18 of the appeal denied August I am broke waiting on appeal and there social security lawyers.

    Day 25 of the appeal process heard from the appeals manager that they are really back logged this time of the year and some people where skipped hopefully next week they can get to mine. Will try to keep every one wanting to know about my appeals process with the Hartford updated though I restart radiation shots again Wednesday for the next 12 weeks.

    Well another week down now day 32 of the Hartford appeal process they have assigned a special now that said it could take two to three more weeks for the appeal to start as they have to get my doctors information again then they are getting their own neurologist and neurosurgeon to go over Dr. Stringers (Whom Governor Rick Scott Monday announced the appointment of Dr. Merle P. Stringer of Panama City to the Florida Board of Medicine) and Dr. Adhal’s (Board Trustee at Sacred Heart Hospital) paperwork.

    Well another week down now day 39 of the Hartford appeal process and nothing new yet from them. Did hear that the 45 day appeals process is always extended for they do not make the disition on the the patient’s doctors information the base it on their doctors information.

    Richard Hathorn Dec 16, 2013  #84

  • Natalie,

    This is a topic that has been up for quite a bit of discussion recently, and as of right now we unfortunately don’t have a clear cut answer to the question. In some cases we are working on we are awaiting responses from various carriers as to how they will address this point.

    Stephen Jessup Oct 18, 2013  #83

  • The Hartford states a dollar for dollar overpayment of benefits if I get approved for SSDI for me and any dependents has to be paid back to them. What I don’t quite understand is my LTD is not taxable income, and my SSDI will be. So if I get 30,000 in back pay I have to give it all to the Hartford, and then turn around and pay the government $4,500 or more in taxes on the money that wasnt really mine? How is that right? If it is now taxable when the money from the Hartford wasnt, then that at the very least should be deducted from what I have to pay back to them. I am losing out here big time. Is there anything that can be done here?

    Natalie Oct 17, 2013  #82

  • David,

    You need to contact your wife’s former employer to get a copy of her Policy. Technically Hartford does not have to keep a copy of same. With respect to old pay-stubs, again you will have to contact her former employer to receive copies of those.

    Stephen Jessup Sep 26, 2013  #81

  • My wife has been denied for 9 months at a time even though they had all the paperwork several times over. We have lost our home 3 times due to Hartford not paying out. When they do pay they don’t pay out on the percentage my wife paid to receive. They are now saying that SSI is paying my wife one amount that isn’t even close to correct so they can pay her a very small amount. We have asked over the phone email and through standard mail for the contract they were holding my wife to. They still have not sent it. I can not seem to get my wife’s work to send old pay-stubs to prove the disability amount she paid for. What do we do?

    David Sep 25, 2013  #80

  • Alisa,

    If you are unable to return to work and your only source of income is the disability benefit, then I would recommend you consult with an attorney. Hartford allows one level of appeal, after that your only option is to file suit. If you have spent any time on our website you will know that ERISA litigation is very pro-insurance company. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss your claim and how we may assist.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 31, 2013  #79

  • My long-term disability company decided I am now well and can go back to work. I have neuropathy, fibromyalgia, bone spurs on C5-C6 which are effecting the nerves in my right arm and hand, had L4-L5 fusion in 2012, severe sleep apnea, asthma and low iron. I am on a large amount of medications. Obviously, I would not be the ideal candidate for any company. I have 180 days to appeal. Do you think I should hire an attorney? If so, how much would it cost to get my $2,500 per month reinstated?

    Alisa Bozarth Aug 30, 2013  #78

  • Linda,

    Unfortunately, your situation is quite common. Hartford commonly writes limitations in their policies to limit conditions such as Fibromyalgia to two years. If you still have an appeal left, or if your claim is ripe for lawsuit, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation to see how we may be able to assist you.

    Stephen Jessup Aug 28, 2013  #77

  • Why Pay for 25+ plus to Hartford through a very large company and then find out that my Fibromyalgia is not a proven illness, yet I can barely get out of bed and in constant pain? I cannot believe Hartford and taking your money for this long and denying LTD on the basis that their doctors and 3rd party peers have reviewed and basically tell me I’m not sick. They should live with the pain I have and now I’m even more sick and nerves are totally shot because of Hartford.

    Linda Aug 27, 2013  #76

  • Steve,

    Hartford can’t “legally” make you sign the document, but you should be aware that failure to comply with requests for information from Hartford could lead them to investigate the claim or even deny the claim. The most important thing is that you provide the information required for Hartford to make a claim determination, which it appears you are doing. Additionally, you can cross out areas of the Authorisation you do not wish to grant access to. If you do so, please indicate that you are willing to provide information upon specific request.

    Stephen Jessup Jul 12, 2013  #75

  • Hartford sends me every year an Authorisation Form to disclose all records of my private life. It says on the form that I have the right to revoke this authorisation at any time. I have never signed this form as I have had trouble with identity fraud in the past. I do however provide to Hartford all relevant documentation that they need. Every year they try to badger me into signing this
    Disclosure. Can they legally make me?

    Thank you.

    Steve B. Jul 11, 2013  #74

  • I received short term and long term disability. After two years, my contract with the company I worked, Hartford, stated that I was not considered disabled after two years of receiving disability and had to be re-evaluated. I filed a dispute and now they are saying my doctors are not supporting my disability and I need a doctor to say that I have COPD, Asthma, Scoliosis, High blood, Osteoarthristis, Degenerative Disc, Torn Rotator Cuff on both shoulders and Type II diabetes.

    Can you recommend a doctor who detects these illnesses and support my disability in Hyattsville, MD or surrounding?

    Andre Shell Jun 12, 2013  #73

  • Thank you Stephen, I am to be paid a portion (%) of my “pre disability earnings” —- a glossary if STD & LTD states:

    The glossary of insurance terms indicates the following ” C.O.L.A. ” Cost of living adjustment ” see indexing.

    Indexing – Indexing is designed to provide some protection against inflation in LTD plans. After the first year of disability, a disabled employee’s pre-disability earnings are usually increased (or indexed) by a certain percentage on an annual basis.

    Pre-Disability Earnings – This is an amount of an employee’s wages or salary that was in effect and covered by the plan before disability began. Some policies index Pre-Disability Earnings in order to compensate for inflation.

    The 4% pre disability indexing in my plan is not explicit to the definition of disability nor earnings but I would submit the IRS could consider it as part of an estate valuation.

    Thanks again.

    Ray Jun 11, 2013  #72

  • Ray,

    In most ERISA based long term disability policies provided by your employer there are no adjustments to the benefit due to a COLA increase. The language you are referring to is most likely with respect to how the carrier will evaluate your pre-disability earnings for purposes of a review for, or the definition of Total Disability under an Any Occupation period. If your policy does not explicitly say that your monthly disability benefit will increase then it will not. I would recommend you ask your attorney for further clarification as it relates to your claim.

    Stephen Jessup Jun 10, 2013  #71

  • I have a disability plan that pays 60% of my pre disability income. There is a statement in the plan that states my pre disability income will be increased on a yearly basis starting on the 13th month benfits are payable by 4%. I contend that this 4% increase also increases my monthly/yearly benefit. The insurance rep said no as did my lawyer. I am irate as it seems like my lawyer is working for the insurance company and so a fair settlement could not be reached I lost my leverage and now will let a court not a lawyer decide. My lawyer wanted me to get a notarised letter from another lawyer stating my opinion is correct and wanted me to send him a court case indicating my position. Needless to say I will write the disciplinary board about his conduct as the day I find a lawyer making judicial decisions it is time to get a new lawyer.

    Ray Jun 8, 2013  #70

  • Hartford LTD Co. is worthless. Named then Heartless! They paid me for almost 2 years after a botched AXIAL IF, lumbar fusion. I was diagnosed with a non-union. Coverage ended in November 2011, even though I am receiving SSD, and bed bound 90%, completely since Nov. 2011. In March, I underwent a Harrington Rod fusion which again failed. I will be having my 3rd fusion attempt next week. Both 2nd and 3rd surgeries were paid by me as I am so sick of the medical, legal system in US that I moved to Philippines! I worked 33 years as manual physical therapist, and am totally drained from this situation. Thanks to Alex from Dell & Schafer we will be suing them!

    H. F. Jul 2, 2012  #69

  • Karen,

    The person you are talking to at Hartford obviously is incompetent. It is doubtful your doctor will release you to return to work after such a major surgery. You need to get good medical support from your doctor. If you would like assistance with dealing with Hartford, please let us know.

    Gregory Dell Apr 21, 2012  #68

  • I had Scoliosis surgery in February 2012 to correct a reversed “S” curved spine. I am cut from almost my neck to almost my butt. Have rods, screws and all the hardware now. Had lots of fussings done. My FMLA expired January 13, 2012. My Short Term Disability is expiring in the next couple of days. I have applied for the Long Term Disability though Hartford and talked to a guy on the phone yesterday that said they didn’t have the needed info from the doc yet. BS, I faxed the paperwork Hartford sent me and my surgeon’s office filled out and even got confirmation from Hartford that they received it. The guy asked if I was ready to go back to work on June 1st. I see the surgeon this next Monday and am still having OT and if my shell comes off, I will resume PT. Excuse me, does this joker really think I will be ready to return to work in ONE month? By the way, my “Medical Leave” (Not FMLA) expires on May 9th so I will be out a job anyway. So Mr. Joker goes on to further tell me that if the surgeon releases me to return to work that NO matter if I have a job or not and don’t return to work then NO BENEFITS! Let’s all pray that SSI will approve my claim.

    Karen Apr 21, 2012  #67

  • Dana,

    Most disability carriers are entitled to receive a copy of your tax return in order to verify your income, if any. You can black any information on the tax return related to your husband or children. You should not expect your claim to be denied, but if Hartford came to see you, then they may be considering a denial. You can sit and wait to see if they deny you, or you could hire an attorney to protect your benefits each month. Please watch our video on Monthly Claim Handling Services.

    Gregory Dell Apr 13, 2012  #66

  • I am approved for SS and Hartford disability. I have RA which is a chronic disease that you have good and bad days. I had an investigator come to my home yesterday and question me and show me videos. The videos showed nothing I didn’t say I couldn’t do, like small shopping driving etc. The funny thing is, they supposedly followed me to an amusement park and video taped me all day but it wasn’t me it was someone else. The investigator agreed it wasn’t me. The root of the investigation is years ago we owned retail stores that are long since closed and defunct. They made me sign forms to turn over my joint tax returns and SS statements. Is it legal? They now will have my husband and children’s confidential info. Is this normal and should I be expecting my claim to be suddenly denied? What are the next steps?

    Dana Olita Apr 13, 2012  #65

  • I’m insurded with this so-called Ins. Co. I just happened to be looking around in the net and found you folks. I to have an ugly story, just like the rest I have read. I cannot believe that I work for this company and now have a claim with them.

    I did not work in this department of claims. One thing I can say, I never treated any Insuredd or Claimant the way these other departments are doing.

    What everyone dosen’t understand is that the CEO and the rest of the upper dept. heads need to make their million dollar salaries, and if it means put the ***** to the insurers, so be it.

    I just got a letter from them today about my medical insurance, they want me to go to Med. Care, only problem here in Hawaii most doctors will not accept Med. Care. They want them to be primary and my other secundary.

    I’m on LTD, I’m 62 and a half. I have a lot of questions I would like to ask you folks a little later once the shock of whats going on settles down. Thank the LORD I just happened to find you. I will keep reading and try to learn more.

    Oh, I had a heart attack at work and they made some bubus. The doctors I can forgive and have, but Hartford I can’t for now.

    Thank You.

    Frank Apr 9, 2012  #64

  • Hartford denied short-term disability to my pregnant girlfriend – really unethical company!

    Austin Young Mar 27, 2012  #63

  • Robert,

    Thanks for sharing you experience about Hartford. We have discussed Hartford’s field interviews in some of our videos and blog postings on this site. You can watch our Hartford video here. Hartford is notorious for showing up for a 2-3 hour interview and then toward the end showing you an authorized video of them following you around for days. We always advise Hartford disability claimants to have an attorney represent them if Hartford request to interview them.

    Gregory Dell Feb 16, 2012  #62

  • Hello my name is Robert Cutts, I have a Desmoid tumor surrounding a major artery in my abdomen. Treatment through Chemotherapy activated an Entrovirus in my stomach that causes severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There is no known cure for the tumor or Entrovirus. Hartford sent an investigator to my home for a three hour interview, at the end of the interview the investigator showed my some videos of my activities outside of my home which proved nothing. Example, during the interview the investigator asked me if I can wash or polish my car and I told him I take it to the car wash. He had video of me giving the car wash attendant a tip and driving my car away, I don’t see where this has anything to do with my being able to work 40 hours a week. He had some other videos that was just as dumb as that. Hartford sent packages to all of my Doctors including the videos. My Doctors all thought it was a very dirty way to do business. One of my Doctors thought it so underhanded that they gave me the whole package.

    A strong word of advice if Hartford wants to do an interview, have someone else there with you and tell them that if they have video you want to see it BEFORE proceeding with the interview.

    Robert Cutts Feb 16, 2012  #61

  • Roger,

    Great question. In some situations Hartford will engage in a disability lump sum buyout negotiation. There are numerous factors involved with determining whether a buyout offer is good or not. Some of the factors involve the definition of disability in the policy, the interest rate used to calculate the present value of future disability payments, the mortality factor discount used by Hartford, the reserve set by the insurance company and the tax implications of a lump sum.

    I discuss each of these factors in more detail in a video located here: Lump-Sum Policy Buyouts.

    In an undisputed claim, a buyout offer of between 65-75% of the present value is the most that would ever be offered. On a daily basis we negotiate buyouts for disability claimants. If you would like to discuss a potential buyout in more detail, please call us for a free consultation.

    Gregory Dell Feb 11, 2012  #60

  • I have been receiving monthly LTD payments from The Hartford for almost 2 years. During a recent conversation with one of their Ability Analysts I raised the possibility of receiving a single lump sum payment instead of my current monthly payments. The analyst confirmed that The Hartford does indeed do this, and she said that she would look into it and get back to me.

    I’m aware that The Hartford will offer me less in a lump sum payment than I am scheduled to receive if I continue to collect my disbursements on a monthly basis, but my question is this: What percentage offer by The Hartford would you consider to be low, average, and high?

    Some background information: My LTD policy with The Hartford will pay me until I am 65 years old, and at my current monthly disbursement rate I will have collected $2,520,000 by my 65th birthday. So to recap: What % of this $2.52M, if paid out in a lump sum, would you consider (a) Unacceptable, (b) Par-for-the-course, or (c) A reason to celebrate?

    Roger Feb 11, 2012  #59

  • I have been denied short term disability through Walmart (Hartford). I have been out of work since 11-16-2011. I have used all my vacation, sick and personal hours. I had a total knee replacement on 12-12-2011. I am still unable to walk or stand even though I go to therapy 3 times a week. I have been with the company for almost 9 years and have been paying for STD and LTD ever since I was able to have it taken out of my paycheck.

    I think this is very unfair. I was counting on getting my disability until I was able to go back to work and now I have been going without any kind of paycheck for a month and I have bills that are now coming in and I can hardly pay for them. I have to choose to either pay a bill or eat or have my medicine.

    I think Walmart and Hartford are ripoffs, and I think it’s odd that when you try to file again the disability claims on walmart.com are always under maintenance.

    Now I ask you how fair is it after you have worked for a company for almost 9 years and are treated like dirt!!! If you are having the same problems please email me and we can share our hatred for Walmart.


    Sherri Rollan Feb 3, 2012  #58

  • Sarah,

    They can video you at anytime and they will likely do it again. You may want to review our FAQ section which discusses video surveillance by disability insurance companies and field interviews. If you would like assistance with your claim and dealing with Hartford, please contact us for a Free Consultation.

    Gregory Dell Jan 27, 2012  #57

  • I have been on LTD with the Hartford since the fall of 2009. I was diagnosed with bipolar in 2004, and worked for several years with this condition. In July 2009, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

    Last week I was contacted by someone affiliated with the Hartford to meet with me in my home and assess my ability to work. The man arrived early, and when he was informed that I had bipolar as well as MS, he replied that he did not know about my mental illness. This was shocking to me as my psychiatrist has sent paperwork to the Hartford a multitude of times.

    The main reason I am unable to work is the unpredictability of the two diseases, and the adverse affects some of the medication for the MS has on the Bipolar (I explained all this to him). I was honest with him about my functioning. At the end of the video he showed my a 5 minute video of me going into a local supermarket, taking my boyfriend’s grandmother to a doctor appointment, and stopping at a deli to buy lunch. Now, the “investigator” did say that I did nothing in the video that I told him I couldn’t do. However, as paranoia is a symptom of bipolar this has made my conditions worse. Do I have any rights? Will they spy on me again?

    Sarah Jan 26, 2012  #56

  • Jerry,

    This situation can be legal if your Hartford disability policy contains language which includes SSDI offsets for your children as well. You may find this Frequently Asked Question on our website helpful: Can a disability insurance company claim an overpayment for social security disability benefits payable to a child as result of the parent’s disability?

    Gregory Dell Jan 24, 2012  #55

  • I have been receiving long term disablity benefits via The Hartford. They paid for a lawyer to represent me in my SSI case. For the past two years I have received half of $3000 from The Hartford and half from the SSI. My ex-wife has sole custody of my three children. $1000 has been coming out of my Hartford check for child support. My ex applied for SSI due to my disablilty for my three children and received a lump sum of money for retroactive pay, as well as a monthly payment for each child. Now The Hartford is saying they are counting all the money my ex received as income to me. I do not live with them. So they are stopping my money and charging me all the money my ex received. So no I owe them like $20000 and they are stopping the child support payment. So I will have to pay it out of my SSI check. This leaves me with $500 to live on. Is this legal?

    Jerry Jan 23, 2012  #54

  • To whom it may concern,

    I, Karen Thompson, dispute the claim of Hartfod Life for the amount of $11,829.11. I have not set out to manipulate, to deceive, or try to receive anything that was not due to me. The second party who represented Hartford (all sup) contacted me for a telephone interview. I was told that I could file for disability through social security. This was something I did not want to do from the on-set of the situation. I was told by an all sup representative that I did not have a choice. This was very disturbing because I have been paying Hartford Life through payroll deduction for 15 years for long term disability insurance. No one at Hartford had a problem as long as I was paying them to receive this service, however, as soon as I was stricken with cancer (acute myeloid leukemia) my choices about disability became no choices at all. Hartford pushed for disability through social security. Well, what I don’t understand was why I was paying Hartford Life all these money for 15 years? What should have been told from the beginning was that Mrs. Thompson, if anything happens to you, Hartford Life will only pay you a certain dollar amount and the rest you will have to receive from Social Security. If this was told to me upfront I would have NEVER EVER selected Hartford Life!

    What’s really sad is that I have been fighting for my life and continuing to do so and this insurance company that I’ve been paying money to for 15 years with no lapse in payment is now all of a sudden telling me that I owe them $11,829.11. Something is wrong with this picture. Hartford Life tells me I don’t have a choice. I have to file for disability through social security and when social security pays me Hartford Life tells me that’s this was their money. WOW!!! I don’t think I saw anyone from Hartford Life laying next to me going through extreme doses of chemotherapy, losing all of their hair, extreme pain, stomach so upset until you can’t stand the smell of any odor, your skin practically leaving your body, so much medication until you don’t know if you’re actually alive or if you have died. I didn’t see God break anyone down from Hartford almost to the point of death. All I want is for Hartford is to provide the service that I payed them for. I want Hartford Life to give me what is due to me.

    Karen Thompson Jan 9, 2012  #53

  • Alison,

    Once all administrative appeals have been exhausted, then a lawsuit can be filed. Most ERISA disability lawsuits take between 6 – 12 months to reach a final judgment. In some cases a settlement can be negotiated within a few minutes. In addition to sending complaints your insurance commissioner, you can also send letters to your Federal Senators and Representatives.

    Gregory Dell Dec 31, 2011  #52

  • If you are denied short term and long term through Hartford, how long does it take to file a lawsuit? The process seems to “beat” people down. What do you do when you are out of work – broke? I know it is a process, but how am I unable to work and live?

    Along with your firm – who do we contact? I already contacted insurance commission.

    I know, “be patient” – so, I sell my house for peanuts and live in a tent?

    My case is so clear cut. Hartford should not practice in FL – I will set up a blog and have a petition for having them in unethical practice.

    Alison Dec 22, 2011  #51

  • The Heartford is a joke. I am having all kinds of problems with them myself. I’m going to lose my job because of them. So, if that happens, I’m going to sue them. I think we all need to get a lawyer and sue the crap out of them. So maybe they will start treating people better.

    Robert Smith Dec 20, 2011  #50

  • Charles,

    You need to file an Appeal of Hartford’s denial of your disability benefits. Feel free to call us to discuss your denial and we will let you know if we can assist you.

    Gregory Dell Dec 19, 2011  #49

  • I worked as an over-the-road truck driver for Walmart for over ten years, and paid long term disability payments through my employer for nine years. Last year, I had to undergo surgery for Spinal Stenosis in my back and have been unable to work. The Hartford Insurance Company paid me benefits until today, terminating my benefits just like that. I am still under my doctor’s orders not to return to my job and has since had to let my job go because of company policies regarding leave time allowed. Now Hartford decides that my benefits don’t extend to 67 years of age as promised – but one year. What shall I do? No income as of today, that was so wrong.

    Charles Turner Dec 19, 2011  #48

  • SS,

    You’re welcome. We regularly post additional information on this site and at facebook.com/diattorney which you may find helpful.

    Gregory Dell Dec 15, 2011  #47

  • Thanks for your info.

    SS Dec 13, 2011  #46

  • SS

    The statute of limitations in each state is different, but if you have not filed an appeal or lawsuit since 2004 then the statute of limitations would bar any claim you made. Most states have statute of limitations that are between 3-4 years.

    Gregory Dell Dec 13, 2011  #45

  • Hi,

    I was originally approved for CNA LTD benefits in 1999 due to a MVA. They made me apply for social security which I was awarded in 2002. That resulted in an over-payment, so they applied my monthly benefit toward the amount I now owed them. In 2004 they decided I was no longer disabled. One reason given was I had to move in with my parents because I could no longer take care of myself and they happened to have a 2 story home where I spent 23+ hours laying down and I rarely even went up and down the stairs. That was used against me to deny continuation of benefits. I was only there for 3 months before we bought a 1 story home.

    I originally appealed by letter. I have no idea what my doctor said, I had only seen him once and my former doctors who had left all supported my disability. I am still on social security and my condition is no better. Is it too late to go after Hartford. The reason I didn’t pursue it earlier is I owed them quite a lot of money from social security overpayment and I had really hoped that my condition would of improved, so I could try to go back to work, but that was wishful thinking.

    Sorry for such a long and jumbled post. Thanks for any information you might have as to my options.


    SS Dec 13, 2011  #44

  • I have been involved with the Hartford for long terrm disability after having a series of strokes. The agents are rude and difficult to deal with, pressing for my physician’s statements after he replies. Total disability, since my first stroke in 2000. I worked at a hospital in California for 26 years and paid into my long term disability all through my employment. Hartford also pays the premium on my life insurance policy with them, and they continually harass me. I am 60 years old.

    Cynthia Gernannt Nov 30, 2011  #43

  • Alex,

    The amount of the time that Hartford will pay disability benefits for major depression is stated in your disability policy. Not all disability insurance policies limit a depression disability claim to two years.

    Gregory Dell Nov 28, 2011  #42

  • Hello,

    Does anyone know for how long Hartford is paying LTD due to a major depression? I’m just freaking out, as they may stop payments after two years…

    Alexandra Kanbovska Nov 27, 2011  #41

  • Debbie,

    You can live anywhere in the USA and it will not interrupt your long term disability insurance payments as long as you continue to treat with doctors. You can still be eligible for disability insurance benefits if you can drive, walk, sit and stand. You do not need to be bedridden. The issue is that you must have limitations in your ability to sit, stand, walk etc., which prevent you from being able to work. A good guideline is that you must be unable to work at least four hours a day with reasonable continuity during a 40 hour work week. The problem is that Hartford will videotape you doing something for an hour and make the assumption that you can return to work. Most people will have some good days, yet this does not mean they can return to work.

    The things that a person can or cannot do while on disability really depends on the definition of disability in your disability policy. There are hundreds of different disability policies and the language can be different in each of them.

    Gregory Dell Nov 10, 2011  #40

  • I had back surgery on August 24th 2011. I saw my doctor on October 17th and he kept me off work another 8 weeks. Hartford quit paying me on October 9th. Anyone who has had back surgery knows it takes more than 6 weeks to heal from it. My checks were not even $200.00. How can anyone live on that?

    Betty Moss Nov 8, 2011  #39

  • Am I understanding this right, that if you can get in a car and drive then you are able to work? What can you do or not do while on LTD? I have been on it since December 2010 for 3 herniated discs which resulted in severe pain and inability to walk for over 6 weeks, the only thing I could do is sit or lie down. I am receiving LTD still, however I found out today that my annuity amount from my last employer will be taken out of my disability amount and most likely will have to pay them the back pay. I recieved this insurance through my employer, but never signed anything or recieved a manual on what it does and does not cover. SSI has given me indefinate LTD because of stenosis of the back and mental anxiety. I know I can’t hold down a job and who would hire someone with disabilities? What do I need to watch out for, so I keep my LTD? Also, what if I move back to my home state of Texas, will this interupt my LTD?

    Debbie Nov 8, 2011  #38

  • What is your take on Hartford being held responsible – it is all documented in Hartford’s file. Hartford never allowed me to get the help I needed. They kept saying I am fine, then kept throwing lies at me. I am unable to work. Hartford beats you down.

    Anabella Nov 5, 2011  #37

  • Can Hartford be held responsible? I was denied STD for mental illness. All correct paperwork was sent from doctors. I was denied and went on appeal. I have copies of whole record. I told the appeal specialist, several times and in writing, that Hartford will be responsible if I do not receive the help I need and I am forced, by Hartford, to go back working in my profession.

    It is over a year. I am beyond broke! Although I am “not right”, I may have to go back to work.
    Although I want no trouble I feel Hartford gives no choice, but for sick people to return to work.

    I know everything in my file is documented. Hartford should be responsible.

    Anabella Oct 27, 2011  #36

  • Tim,

    Occasionally a claimant will receive a Hartford lump sum buyout offer of a long term disability insurance policy. The process can take anywhere from 30 to 180 days, depending upon the medical records in the possession of Hartford. There are a lot of factors that go into a company deciding whether or not they want to extend a buyout offer. We have negotiated some “decent” Hartford lump sum settlement offers in the past. Whether an offer is “decent” is a decision that the claimant must make. If you check out the lump sum buyout section of our website you can see some of our videos discussing the pros and cons of a lump sum buyout. Fell free to contact us if you would like assistance in receiving a maximum lump sum buyout offer.

    Gregory Dell Oct 17, 2011  #35

  • My wife has a claim approved for 25 years. We have contacted Hartford about a settlement. They have started to gather paperwork. How long should this take and does Hartford offer decent settlements?

    Tim D. Oct 16, 2011  #34

  • The insurance companies better enjoy. The public has had enough of companies like Hardford. Insurance reform is just around the corner. Now you bank on it!

    Jack Winebarger Oct 4, 2011  #33

  • I recently had to have abdominal surgery to remove my ovaries and cysts as well as many adhesions & scar tissue from many previous surgeries. I was very high risk. My doctor wanted me out for 6-8 weeks, I ended up receiving my STD until 6 weeks, then the clinician at Hartford decided that I was healed enough and that they would not extend my benefits to 8 weeks, which is how long I had to stay out. My doctor’s office stated they have never dealt with such difficult people before. And as far as I have to say is everyone of them are bitches.

    Marcella Purinton Sep 30, 2011  #32

  • Thank you.

    I hope, if you see a pattern with clients ref. Hartford, that you consider (if legally possible) a class action against them. I appreciate your response. It is sad that an insurance company can be so dishonest/tricky.

    Anna Sep 27, 2011  #31

  • Anna,

    You ask a great question about class action lawsuits and you basically answer it at the same time.

    Federal Class Actions have very strict laws and it is difficult to get a class certified. In order to bring a class action, all of the class claimants must be similarly situated. With disability claims, most claimants have different language in each of their policies. If everyone in the class has the same disability policy, then it is much easier to bring a class action. Alternatively, if Hartford has an illegal claims handling practice that affects everyone the same, then a class action may be able to be filed. We have filed a class action against Prudential Insurance Company based upon a method of operation that affected all policy holders the same.

    In you second question you asked if you can continue to send new medical information to Hartford. As long as you have not exhausted all of your appeals, Hartford is required to review any new information that is sent to them.

    Gregory Dell Sep 27, 2011  #30

  • A lot of people I talk with in my support group ask: Why isn’t there a class action lawsuit against Hartford? (I am with Hartford). We realize we have different terms in our policy and are owed different amounts. It would be nice to send a message – maybe fight where they cant sell policies in FL.

    Also, if you are denied short term disability and more evidence comes up, that supports original claim, can you submit it? I am not under ERISA.

    Anna Sep 27, 2011  #29

  • Lynn,

    I will try to answer your questions about Hartford.

    1 – Your Hartford Disability Policy will specifically state whether or not they can deduct retirement benefits. If the policy says that they can, then it is legal for them to do so.

    2 – Your second question is challenging because of the fact that you had your accident more than 10 years before you filed your claim for disability insurance benefits. In order to be disabled by an accident, you usually need to file for disability within close proximity to your accident. I don’t think you will be able to make a strong connection to an accident from more than 10 years ago.

    Gregory Dell Aug 26, 2011  #28

  • I have a two-part question about Hartford Insurance. Their reps have told me several different answers in the past. I am shocked to see that others have experienced the same thing I have. However, I have two add’t questions/comments.

    1 – Because of being a federal employee, I did not pay into SS. Early on, I had a case worker at Hartford who said she was going to deduct a certain amount because I would not apply for Social Security (SS). She did not understand that as a federal employee under CSRS, we are not entitled to SS. I went through depression, stress and anxiety trying to get that straight. Because of that, to be smart, Hartford has deducted what I receive in retirement disability from the fed. gov’t. Are they allowed to do that? All these many years, I was paying premiums for a certain amount per month and haven’t seen that amount yet.

    2 – I have an injury from an accident in the early 90’s that has now caused me to go out on full-time disability. I have no illness, it’s an injury. Hartford is trying to classify it as an illness and said that I will be cut off in a year of so because I would have met the maximum number of years for an illness. I asked them where did they get that from. They told me a low back injury is an illness not an injury. Why would they classify a low back injury as an illness. This happened after they had tried every trick in the book for not wanting to pay. What I get from Hartford help pays my mortgage. Without it, I’ll lose my house as I’m unable to work. My injury gets worse every year. I’m in chronic pain and it hurts from sitting or standing. My legs numb up and give out from underneath of me. I take several different medications. I’m miserable for the most part but I must still live. Again, how can they classify a low back injury as an illness?

    Lynn Rogers Aug 25, 2011  #27

  • I also have been denied, they let me receive STD for six months. They told me I would have to apply for SSD and when – and if – I got it I would have to pay them back any amount that went over 40% of my income from Walmart. I got the SSD within six months, Hartford had sent me one check, I had to pay back all but $234.00.

    They let me collect LTD for one year and sent forms to each one of my doctors. And they could only coment on one condition. My primary doctor wrote them a letter telling them that if I only had one of these conditions I might be able to go back to work, but with them all there is no way I could, but they denied anyway.

    And after I talked to a couple of lawyers they refused to take my case because the money isn’t there. Hartford only has to pay me $234.00 a month. It might not be a lot but it helps me pay my fuel bill. I don’t think any one case is going to beat Hartford, but if we all got after them for fraud and the stress and everything else they have put us all through, maybe it would go public and maybe get an investigation going and maybe we could help someone else.

    Some of my conditions: copd, ashd, diffuse arthralgia, cervical intervertebral disc, depresion, osteoarthritis of the hips – and this is only some of what I have.

    Gloria Morley Aug 23, 2011  #26

  • Carol,

    Once again Hartford’s conduct is disgusting. If you are in the public domain, then Hartford can video you wherever you go. The investigator that lied to the police may have created a criminal act. It is amazing the extremes that Hartford will take in order to try to prove that a claimant is not disabled. You may want to consider filing a restraining order against Hartford and any of its affiliates. We do not handle restraining orders, but it may help you to keep Hartford and their goons from coming near you. You should also file a complaint with the Department of Labor and your State Department of Insurance. If you have a police report you should send it to Hartford so that it is part of your record. If you need assistance with your claim, just give us a call.

    Gregory Dell Aug 12, 2011  #25

  • I have been recieving Hartford LTD for about 18 months. I was just approved for SSD. Hartford has sent an investigoator to my house, taped the entire 3 hour conversation and then sent a transcript of the whole thing to my doctor along with survelliance information they had obtained from following me months earlier. They asked my doctor to agree with their findings that I could work even though he has filled out 2 sets of forms already stating I cannot return to work permanently. Here is the big issue I have with them. While they were following me, I noticed a strange guy following me and I got creeped out and called the cops. He lied to the cops and told them he was not following me or wasnt an insurance investigator and didnt know what they were talking about. The cops investigated him for 2 days and told me to let them know if I saw him again. I was so freaked out I had to go to my doctor and he diagnosed me with PTSD ( on top of my disabling heart problems). I got a concealed weapons permit and was afraid to leave the house. The survelliance report recently sent to my doctor states that the investigator admits being contacted by the police but could not disclose he was actually investigating me as to not compromise the investigation. Is this legal? I wouldnt even know except for the fact that my doctor told me because he knew how freaked out I was from the situation and felt I should know. I have heart problems and this situation was devestating to me.

    Carol Aug 11, 2011  #24

  • Margie, you raise two excellent questions. Let’s start with the easy one first. In some states you can absolutely sue an independent medical doctor hired by an insurance company for any negligence. For example, if an IME doctor injures a claimant during an exam, then the doctor could be sued in most states. An IME exam should always be videotaped. With regard to a claim for tortious interference, this would be a difficult but not impossible cause of action. We have filed lawsuits against third party administrators in the past and alleged tortious interference. In ERISA governed claims it is very hard for a tortious interference claim to survive.

    Gregory Dell Jul 26, 2011  #23

  • I was wondering why you cannot sue the third party companies that assist Hartford in denying claims for tortious interference. Ex: MES Solutions, doctors, third party claims evaluators. They are financially rewarded by Hartford to interfere with your policy.

    In addtion, why can’t you sue an MES doctor for medical mal-practice? Are they not obligated to an ethical standard of care?

    Margie Jul 25, 2011  #22

  • Just another big company screwing the little people that in good faith made payments thinking that if they become unable to work they would at least be able to survive a somewhat mediocre life. It is sad that they can get away with what they do. I pray for every individual that becomes unable to work and has to go through all the crap that this company and any company like them puts you through. May God bless every good decent individual out there. Hope and prayer is a mainstay, don’t let your faith wilter because of bad companies and their policies. God Bless.

    Eric Hartley Jul 22, 2011  #21

  • Wanda, your policy may contain language that requires you to apply for SSDI benefits within a certain time period. Hartford is requiring you to sign a reimbursement agreement which allows them to deduct any social security disability benefits from the amount Hartford is obligated to pay you each month. Your policy may require you to sign this documents. Hartford will also seek reimbursement for any overpayment you receive as a result of a SSDI approval. Feel free to contact us if you have any other questions.

    Gregory Dell Jul 19, 2011  #20

  • Hello. My name is Wanda. I have been out of work since 6/2011 and have had 2 back surgerys in the last 6 months. Still under Dr’s care, pain management and in a lot of pain if I try too much of anything. Now they think I may have some nerve damage and I received a call from the company I work for, which stated they could no longer keep me on the payroll and I was dismissed.

    Now Hartford has called and ask how I was doing. I told them the above, they sent me a letter giving me 21 day to show that I have files for Social Security Disability and that I check the be on the box that if I get retro I will pay them the lump sum… Also if I don’t file they will hold my benefit checks. Can they do this? Am I required to file for Social security? I am 55, not sure if or when I will be able to work, since I can’t sit nor stand for long periods of time.

    Wanda Wetzel Jul 14, 2011  #19

  • What an awesome forum to be able to comment in.

    My husband was disabled 4 years ago. After 24 months of long term payments Hartford stopped them (the norm for them). That was in January of 2010. When my husband recieved his SSI award several months later, they asked for it in full… we said NO.

    We retained an attorney when the payments initially stopped. We were notified of a court date in March of 2012… haha… really? We recently recieved notification via our attorney that a mediation has been scheduled for August of 2011.

    I am a medical professional and have the stamina and the opportunity to work as often as I like… ie LOTS of overtime. This is the only reason we have been able to survive financially. I wonder what people do who dont have this option. I am sure they will use this mediation to make a pathetic settlement offer. If the Hartford had paid out as our original policy stated, they would owe us $570,000 until my husband is age 67.

    We have had many conversations with God on this subject. He has brought us this far and will continue to point us in the proper direction.

    I have no questions to post here, just words of encouragement. Don’t give up. YOU determine your worth, NOT the Hartford. Find a good attorney, make payments if you can. Good legal counsellors are worth their weight in gold.

    Lori Jul 12, 2011  #18

  • E: I think you will find some helpful information in our Frequently Asked Questions section of our site. I have not seen your policy so I do not know if Hartford has a right to make the claims you have explained. Please take a look at Can a disability insurance company claim an overpayment for social security disability benefits payable to a child as result of the parent’s disability?

    Gregory Dell Jun 28, 2011  #17

  • Hello. Can you briefly explain the overpayment situations. I was never told that Hartford would take the SSDI awarded to my children. I did not know anything about an overpayment although they kept telling me that if they were overpaying me I would have to reimburse them. When I kept asking how much of an overpayment am I receiving because I did not want to owe them anything. They said that they did not know and could not tell me until I was awarded from SSA. Needless to say the lawyer that they recommended obviously works for them and I still end up paying the entire amount of my award. I think that there should be some type of legislation that would at least give the claimant the right to either accept or decline the overpayment. This is exactly how they make their money. Not only am I still broke and on a lesser amount, I still have the bills I had before and they are taking money from my two kids who are headed off to college. This is too much like robbery!!! There has got to be some type of recourse. Is there a way to claim hardship or keep them from getting EVERYTHING and at least allow me to pay off my bills before they take back their lump sum. They did not pay me in a lump sum so why do I have to pay them backk with a lump sum?

    E. Crawford Jun 23, 2011  #16

  • The Hartford’s favorite word is “NO!”. It takes money from your paycheck for 21 years, and when you are told by your boss to go out on disability, and when you are granted Social Security Insurance the first time, they will, in my experience, deny, deny, deny your claim!!! When they finally give into it, they will send their detectives to see if you are walking your dog or going up a curb. Can they see how much pain you are in, or if you cut your walk short due to pain? They chose a picture of me going up a curb step proof that I was fullly capable. Did they ask me question one? NO. Did they ask if I was able to attend work 8 hours a day? They just assume.

    One year later, I am in an assisted living facility with my car taken away by the doctor.

    The Hartford is definitely one of the worst disability insurance compaies, if not the worst. Moderator, if the Hartford wants this deleted, just ask them for proof it did not happen. They will probably say it’s confidential, but I give you permission to speak with them.

    Polly Garvey Jun 20, 2011  #15

  • To everyone that posted, thank you. I thought it was only me. My family did not understand why I was so upset. I gave permission for Hartford to speak with my sister. Just one day of her dealing with the run-around she was furious.

    I know my claim is legitimate. I am now in contact with Dell & Schaefer. I can not deal with this emotionally anymore (over 9 months and almost cost me my life).

    On behalf of all of you, I am asking the attorney to go full force against Hartford. I have been so shocked about Hartford’s lies – it is disgusting.

    A. Wood Jun 12, 2011  #14

  • This crap with Hartford long term short disability has been going on for years.

    In 2000 I was working for Watkins Motor Lines and got sick at first Hartford was paying like they were supposed to, then I had to fight for months to get any money. They ended up paying me a $15,000 dollar check and then continued with the short term payments.

    Then it switched over to long term they reduced the money I was getting, and it was a battle to get anything. Then they started making demands that I go to my doctor over and over to verify my disability. I couldn’t keep up with their paper demand and they stopped paying me anything. I am still disabled have not worked since 2000 and I feel they owe me quite a bit of money. I won’t ever see it, ’cause this is a big company that can get away with it.

    I went for a number of years without any income at all, homeless, and I feel it was all because of Hartford and thier tactics of getting out of paying what they are supposed to pay. Just look at all the consumer complaints. This is the first time I have thought about Hartford since they cut me off. I thought surely they wouldve been outta the disabilty insurance portion of their business by now, guess not. They are still sucking people into thier legal scam of what they call disability insurance.

    I have prayed that the CEO of this company and all the executives become disabled, I bet if they did they wouldn’t be insured by Hartford, they would go with Afflack or some other place. The people in charge ought to be ashamed of themselves and God will have a talk with them.

    Eric Hartley May 24, 2011  #13

  • Lisa, the techniques you have described about Hartford speaking with your doctors is standard conduct for them. The majority of claims that we see denied are because a claimant’s treating doctor does not understand the relevancy of the paperwork that Hartford or any other carrier asks them to fill out. If you would like to send us your denial letter we will review it and contact you to discuss your possible options. You can complete our online Free Consultation Form or call us at 800-682-8331.

    Gregory Dell Apr 28, 2011  #12

  • Tamesa, I am sorry to hear about your experience with Hartford Insurance Company. If your claim for disability benefits has been denied, you have the right to file an appeal. You must do so within 180 days according to ERISA. Please contact us if you would like us to review your appeal denial.

    Gregory Dell Apr 27, 2011  #11

  • I was put on a LOA by my doctor. The paperwork stated that I could not perform my work until after 2 surgeries and recovery. Hartford opened my claim then for no reason, they said I dont qualify for benifits. I have been paying them premiums for ten years. They are trying to say just because the doctor said you can’t work doesn’t mean you can’t work. They also said being in constant pain that prevents you from getting out of bed and awaiting surgery is not a good reason to not go to work. Are you serious? Who are these people? I will be dropping them as a disability company and I am posting on facebook what they do to the people they insure. I bet they won’t have many customers when this is over!

    Tamesa Race Apr 25, 2011  #10

  • PLEASE, PLEASE HELP. I had Hartford GLTD insurance through my employer in 2004. They did pretty much every dirty trick in the book including, as I’m almost 100% sure of, document forgery. After finally recieving my file that I requested from them, wich took months to recieve & numerous hippa violations, a supposed lost mailing to my PO BOX never recieved, despite numerous inquiries, they emphatically stated package delivered to PO BOX had verified same nearly 2 weeks later when the latent lies became more than I could tolerate, continuous checking with my post office, they suggested I get the tracking # & check it myself, to confirm what sender has been stating. Upon doing this & Hartford reconfirming delivery approx. 2 weeks prior of package to PO BOX, gave me an invalid # for a postal service delivery. This went on for another 2-3 days, when they finally called back leaving me a message that they made an error & package was shipped by UPS to PO BOX & diverted to the front stoop of my home address. When asked how this could occur, they stated UPS doesn’t deliver to PO BOXES. Now 3 or more weeks later, files containing all my personal information & medical records are MIA – honestly I doubted highly that they ever actually sent them untill I verified with UPS, supposedly dropped on front stoop nearly 3 weeks prior. SCARY. They called MDs without an updated autorization, while denying me, BLATENTLY did something to have DRs who had treated me for years prior & had submitted that I was permanently totally disabled, now sent them a DOL work ability form from a providor specialist I SAW one time & utilized this to coerce my prior practitioner to totally contradict his prior 3.5+ years of ability & disability. Now stated able to work @ median level, with no restrictions. I am an RN & have now not been gainfully employed since my MVA in May 2004. Sooo much more to tell, I have taken too much of your time… Thank you. Respectfully yours, Lisa A. Block

    Lisa A. Block Apr 25, 2011  #9

  • I have Hartford as my ltd co., my short term ended Feb. 17, 2011, and haven’t got anything from them since. They keep telling me they didn’t receive the paperwork from my doctor, which is a lie because we have all the confirmation from the faxes. So when I tell them that they come back with its not enough info for them, and request more info. Now April 15, 2011 and I can’t pay rent, or get the things my two kids need for school. My wife’s income is only enough to pay gas, electric, and food. This really putting a strain on our family. I NEED HELP.

    I have even ask for enough just to pay rent, they said they can’t approve anything. They keep finding more ways to delay and deny my claim. Now they’re asking for a perscription history from a year prior to my injury.

    John Sholtz Apr 15, 2011  #8

  • I have been battling with Hartford for months. The stress of it all is causing my Multiple Scleroisis to flare up. They have just informed as of 1 Jan. 11 I now make too much money for them to have to pay me. I work no more than 20hrs a week. When I read the policy it states they cannot consider my annual increases until I go backi full time. I have not been full time since I became disabled. Hartford is stating I make 1.3% too much so they are no longer going to pay me, I am tired of dealing with all the hoops I have to jump through.

    Kelly Apr 15, 2011  #7

  • Linda, your Hartford policy probably has an offset for social security disability. Hartford will likely deny you after they recoup the ssdi overpayment. If you have problems with them paying you, then please contact us. Based upon your medical issues I do not think you will have any problems getting paid by Hartford.

    Gregory Dell Apr 1, 2011  #6

  • Hello, my name is Linda VanDenHeuvel. I’m a Registered Nurse who worked in emergency departments for 32 years as a Trauma Nurse Specialist. For 13 years, I paid premiums for Hartford Disability Insurance when our hospital offered it. Being the sole provider of our family, I wanted to make sure financial bases would be covered in the event of any catastrophic injury or illness. My husband was severely injured in an auto crash when his first wife and only daughter were killed. He can only work limited hours, so is self employed. I’ve also had custody of my 11 year old great-granddaughter since she was 22 months old. Melany has epilepsy, so it was paramount we remained financially stable.

    In December 2010, it was discovered I had an abdominal aortic aneurysm along with 3 compression fractures of my thoracic spine and a subluxation of two vertebra in my lower back,which impinge on my spinal cord. I had a life threatening surgery to repair my aneurysm, but cannot address my back because I don’t have enough money. Instead, I live with constant pain, refusing to take narcotics since Melany requires constant observation.

    While still in Critical Care, my hospital attempted firing me since they said I would never be able to return to work at 100%. I had to resort to my Long Term Disability. Hartford approved my claim, but said I would be cut off from any further payments if I did not apply for Social Security within 45 days. Not only was I critically ill, but now also in a state of panic. I never expected this. Their insurance was to provide 60% of my income. It was a significant drop, but enough for us to get by. (By the way, in no way was I ever provided a policy for my insurance. This was all word of mouth.) Fearful, I immediately applied for Social Security Disability, which I’d never wanted to do. As an ER nurse, I’d always despised system abusers. I was approved without the help of the group of attorneys in Illinois Hartford wanted me to use. Social Security sent me my first check, and I notified Hartford. But they told me, they’d already released my June payment. My first Social Security payment and their payment would overlap. So they said they had overpaid me. In order to clear this up, I would not receive further payments from them until the $2,500 June payment by them was deducted.

    So, from July until now, I have received no further payments from Hartford, and instead,rely soley on Social Security – only 50% of my previous income.

    I called them. They said they are only willing to pay the balance of the difference between of what I receive from Social Security to total 60% of my income. But now, they’re questioning whether they should pay anything, and want me to prove my disability again. In addition, they told me if I was approved, they would only pay a total of two years before they referred me to one of their therapists who could verify I was ready to return to work.

    What are they thinking? I’m 61 years old and have a significantly broken back. This will never improve. Besides this, with the AAA, I have a pre-existing health problem. No employer would ever hire me. I am a health risk. The only way I can prevent paralysis is with very scrutinized levels of activity. I must guard myself

    Hartford has financially crippled us. Without their payments, all my outstanding medical bills have gone into collection. We had to borrow money from our family to keep up our house payments. All the while, I’ve been waiting for Hartford to finally pay the lousy monthly $500.

    I feel everything they’ve done is fraudulant. If a person has an insurance policy and a valid claim, then why all the hoops? If I would have known any of this, I would have stuck my $226/month premiums to them over 13 years in a bank where it would have been more secure. I was mislead. Am I to become just another of their statistics?

    Linda VanDenHeuvel

    Linda J. VanDenHeuvel Apr 1, 2011  #5

  • Neddie, since you are about to get a decision any day now, there is nothing we can do right now. If Hartford denies your disability insurance claim, then you should contact us to see if we can assist you.

    Gregory Dell Mar 31, 2011  #4

  • I worked for Walmart for 13 years and finally at the end of december of 2010 i could not work any longer with the problems that i have been having i paid for std and ltd for 13 years they gave me the std from december until feb 8th and then stopped benifits i have no income coming in my husband has not worked since 2008 and now his unemploymet ran out in oct 2009 i was the only one working now they refuse to give me my std i have a disc in my neck bad , i have 2 lower discs in my back bad my knees and ankles swell and constantly hurt i have high blood pressure i have a hernia, and i am in constant pain also i am going through depression and anxiety i am now seeing a phsycologist and they still refuse to pay me my lights , water, every thing all of my bills are over due they are ready to shut everything off on me and my doctor fills out paper after paper and he tells me my working days are over but they still keep stalling and they wont pay me dont know what to do i am at my wits end also the last pay that i received was in feb 8 or 10 for 67 dollars and some change i am bearly at my wits end dont know what to do they said that my file has been sent to nurses to reveiw my file and i should hear something this week it is already thursday and nothing yet i call and they keep saying they are working on it please i need some advice i need help like yesterday they are making my depression and anxiety is getting worse dont know what to do getting to the point i cant even afford to get my blood pressure medications and pain meds and anxiety meds filled no income coming in.

    Neddie Panko Mar 24, 2011  #3

  • If your Hartford disability policy contains language providing a deduction for any social security disability benefits (SSDI) either you or a family member receive as result of your disability, then it would be legal for Hartford to take the deduction. If your child is disabled and receives SSDI benefits, then Hartford could not take a setoff.

    Gregory Dell Mar 7, 2011  #2

  • I am a beneficiary of Social Security and Hartford deducts the amount that my child receives from social security benefits. Is this legal?

    Orlando Rivera Mar 7, 2011  #1

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Do you manage Hartford monthly claims?

Monthly disability insurance claim management is a unique service we offer. Our goal is to make sure your Hartford disability benefits continue for as long as you need them. Many claimants either don't trust or experience aggravation dealing with Hartford. Disability Insurance Attorneys Dell & Schaefer manages every aspect of your claim for disability income benefits from (Hartford. Hartford only interacts with our law firm. Contact Disability Insurance Attorneys Dell & Schaefer to learn how we can manage your disability claim.

Can you negotiate a Hartford lump sum buyout?

Lump sum buyouts and disability buyouts are occasionally offered by Hartford. Our disability lawyers have established relationships with the people at Hartford that make the decisions on disability buyouts. We have negotiated hundreds of lump settlements with Hartford. Our goal is to get you the highest buyout possible.

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 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 telephone, e-mail, fax, GoToMeeting.com sessions, or Skype. 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.

How can I contact you?

When you call us during normal business hours you will immediately speak with a disability attorney. We can be reached at 800-682-8331 or by email. Lawyer 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.

Dell & Schaefer Client Reviews   *****

Sherri L.

I am very satisfied with my experience working with Dell & Schaefer. From the first intake call to the assignment of an attorney, I always felt that my questions and concerns were answered completely and timely. The attorney that handled my appeal made a very overwhelming, difficult process manageable and assisted us step by step. When dealing with illness and disability, you are not able to stand up and fight for yourself and this is where the vast experience and recommendations with LTD were relied upon. In addition, the legal assistant assigned to my case was a valuable asset to the outcome by always keeping me updated on the progress of the case and any necessary documentation that was required from me. Communication from this team was excellent.

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