When it comes to suing Hartford you should expect Hartford to stand behind their decision to deny your long term disability benefits. To say Hartford has an “ego” would be an understatement. We have filed ERISA disability lawsuits against Hartford in federal courts across the country. Hartford uses the same claims handling procedure in almost every disability case and they believe that if they have reviewed the denied claim reasonably, then a Federal Judge cannot reverse or remand their decision. Despite the tough stance Hartford will often take after the filing of a lawsuit, our disability attorneys have been successful at recovering long term disability benefits from Hartford. In more than 98% of the disability lawsuits we have filed against Hartford, we have been able to reach a negotiated lump sum settlement on behalf of our clients. In the videos above we discuss some Hartford lawsuits and our law firms experience in handling Hartford lawsuits. Once you contact us, we will review your denial letter, and let you know immediately if we can assist you to recover benefits from Hartford. We do not charge any fees or costs unless we are able to make a recovery for you.
More than 95% of the Hartford disability insurance policies sold are governed by ERISA. If your disability coverage was provide by your employer, then your policy is likely governed by ERISA. ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) is an unfair federal law that governs all disability insurance policies that are provided as an employee benefit. The law was designed to protect individual employees, but in reality it does a lot more for insurance companies. In our videos above we discuss the general challenges present in every ERISA disability benefit lawsuit. ERISA policy holders do not start on a level playing field and some examples of why ERISA is unfair are as follows:
All Hartford ERISA disability denials are required to be filed in Federal court as opposed to state court. The typical time frame a for a lawsuit in Federal Court is 18-24 months, but our law firms 30+ years of handling disability denials against Hartford often allows us to reach a claim resolution within 6 to 9 months of the filing of a lawsuit. The time frame for claim resolution will vary based upon the Federal court where we file your lawsuit and the specific facts of your disability claim. If you win your lawsuit, Hartford may appeal the decision and that can add another 12-18 months of time for the appellate court to render a final decision. We make the lawsuit process as simple as possible for claimants by requiring almost no time or effort by the claimant to pursue a Hartford lawsuit. As much as we love to tear apart Hartford for an unreasonable disability claim denial, we know how to set our egos aside and our goal for every client is to try to resolve their claim in the most expedient and efficient manner possible. Upon review of your disability denial letter from Hartford we can immediately let you know if you have a claim that we can help you with. We appreciate you considering our law firm.
We only handle Hartford disability benefit lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This means that our fee is a percentage of any disability benefits that we recover on your behalf. The percentage we charge varies based upon the amount of your monthly benefit, the duration of benefits you are eligible for, and the risk level of your lawsuit. If we are not successful at recovering any disability benefits for you, then you do not owe us any attorney fees or cost for the work that we have done on your behalf. In some lawsuits the court will award attorney fees and we use the attorney fee award to reduce the contingency fee payable to our firm. More than 90% of the disability lawsuits that we have handled against Hartford have resolved in a one-time lump sum settlement. We encourage you to review some of our Hartford resolved case summaries to learn more about our experience. Most of our Hartford disability lawsuit settlements have confidentiality provisions which limit our ability to discuss specific details about the cases.
Regardless of where you live in the United States our law firm can file your lawsuit in any federal or state court. We have filed short and long term disability lawsuit in state and federal courts all over the country. The law provides a few options as to where a disability lawsuit can be filed and we will strategically pick the court which gives you the best advantage. If your claim is governed by ERISA, you will never be required to be appear in court.
Our clients have recovered more than $100 Million in Hartford Disability Benefits.
Usually the language in your disability policy will determine when a lawsuit can be filed and we must review your policy in order to provide an accurate answer. An ERISA lawsuit usually must be filed within either three years of your date of disability or the date of the final disability denial decision. The answer to this question depends on whether you have an ERISA governed disability policy or private insurance policy that is not governed by ERISA. If you have a Hartford disability policy that was provided to you as an employee benefit, then your claim is almost always governed by ERISA. An ERISA disability lawsuit cannot be filed against Hartford until you have completed your ERISA appeal. The law governing time periods to file lawsuits is known as the Statute of Limitations and it is an area of law that is regularly changing and not consistent from state to state. In a Non-ERISA disability benefit claim denial, which is rare, an appeal is usually not required by Hartford and most lawsuits can be filed 90 days after proof of loss is due but no later than 3 years after the date of denial. The period of time in which a lawsuit must be filed can be a complicated analysis determined by a combination of the policy language and the law of the state in which the person was denied. The best thing to do in many cases to avoid a statutory problem is to file a lawsuit as soon as reasonably possible.
If your disability income claim has been denied by Hartford and your disability income policy has been offered through your employer, then federal ERISA law requires you to file an appeal with Hartford. Our law firm has handled thousands of ERISA appeals against Hartford and we will prepare a very strong appeal on your behalf.
The application for disability benefits with Hartford is the foundation of your claim. One mistake can result in your claim for disability insurance benefits being denied by Hartford. Our lawyers will guide you through the entire application process and make sure you are in the best possible position to have your claim approved by Hartford. We welcome you to contact our attorneys to discuss important information about applying for disability benefits with Hartford.
If Hartford has denied all of your ERISA disability appeals, then you have the right to file a lawsuit in federal court against Hartford. An ERISA disability lawsuit is different than any other type of lawsuit and you should hire a attorney that has handled thousands of disability denial lawsuits against Hartford. Our disability insurance lawyers know what to expect with the challenges filing a federal lawsuit against Hartford.
We have helped thousands of individuals collect long term disability benefits from Hartford and we know the unreasonable denial tactics used by Hartford to deny disability insurance benefits. Our experienced attorneys know the many options available to get your disability benefits paid by Hartford.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since day one I continue to have a very positive experience working with the Dell & Schaefer Law Firm. I am especially grateful to attorney Stephen Jessup who was assigned to my case in early 2010. Steven Jessup and Anneli (Registered Paralegal) are always available and very professional in managing my case in a timely manner. Steven explained the entire (LTD) process to me from day one when I became disabled and unable to work due to my disabilities and had my case approved very quick working with my LTD carrier. My health has worsened since then with a life threatening disease and several surgeries / conditions later. He always answers all of my questions in a timely manner and always has a positive outcome for me. I feel highly represented & grateful with Steve as my LTD attorney which enables me to take care of my health to the best of my abilities without worries.
Steve, I sincerely appreciate all you and Dell & Schaefer have accomplished for me from day one in representing me regarding my case in a very quick and timely manner. I would “most definitely recommend” Attorneys Dell & Schaefer to anyone in dire need of the best in legal representation & counseling in short & long term disability cases.”
God bless to you Steven, Anneli, Greg and all of the Dell & Schaefer Law Firm!
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