IT Professional Long Term Disability Claim Information 

The IT field can offer some of the most interesting, cutting-edge, and lucrative careers available in the U.S. economy. But IT professionals are just as vulnerable to disabling illnesses and injuries as other workers, and applying for short or long term disability benefits under these circumstances can be a challenge when compared to those in more physically demanding jobs. Below, learn more about some of the tips IT professionals and software engineers can use when seeking long term disability benefits.

The occupational classifications of Light Duty and Sedentary should not be relied upon to prove eligibility for benefits.

One tactic the long term disability insurance carriers tend to take in disability claims involving IT professionals is to back away from the nuts-and-bolts duties of the job, instead simply focusing on the physical demand of the job. This doesn’t take into account what an IT professional does day in and day out, which can often be very nuanced. Many IT jobs don’t fit neatly into the insurance carrier’s definition of disability.

IT Professionals should always present the cognitive demands of their job.

The cognitive demands imposed on IT professionals can’t be understated. Software engineers and other IT professionals must be able to maintain a laser focus on the task at hand, often while battling multiple interruptions and other “fires” to be put out. Trying to perform this intense work while dealing with chronic pain or other health conditions can sap one’s concentration. But because IT professionals’ jobs are often considered sedentary and physically non-demanding, it can be tough to get the long term disability insurance carrier to understand the extent of a disability’s mental impact.

The disability insurance claims examiner needs to understand the intense occupational demands of an IT Professional.

Insurance carriers tend to evaluate IT professionals’ long term disability claims by referring to the Dictionary of Occupational Titles, which includes just a general description of an IT professional’s duties. This manual was initially drafted well before most IT jobs existed, and its definitions can often be outdated and overly focused on the physical demands of a job. An IT professional’s long term disability claim should thoroughly discuss the unique occupational requirements this job poses and how the disability affects the claimant’s ability to perform these tasks. This can include cognitive testing or other medical evidence supporting an IT professional’s inability to focus due to a pain condition.

“Diagnosis does not equal disability,” which means you must present a complete package to get benefits approved.

As a claimant, it’s your duty to prove that you’re entitled to disability insurance benefits. This means presenting a comprehensive package that will make it all but impossible for the long term disability insurance carrier to deny your disability claim. For IT professionals who have powered through their condition for months or even years, the long term disability insurance carrier will often just ask, “what’s changed?” Your disability package should answer that question and can include non-medical evidence like records showing you’ve had to work longer and longer hours to try to achieve the same output.

You must file your claim timely to protect your long term disability benefits.

Long term disability insurance policies include very strict filing time limits, and missing a filing deadline can prevent you from being able to recover all the benefits you’d otherwise be entitled to. And another complication can arise if you file your disability claim after you’ve been fired from your job – not only will it call the timing of your disability claim into question, but it can also raise issues about your long term disability coverage and whether you’re still eligible to submit a claim under the policy. It’s crucial to take action quickly to preserve your rights.

Denials are most common if you have a change in the definition of “disability.”

Even after you’ve already begun to receive disability benefits, future denials are possible. Most short term disability policies are administered by an employer, and the insurance carrier has little incentive to deny a claim for benefits unless it is especially slim.

But after these short term disability benefits end and long term disability benefits are set to begin, the financial responsibility shifts over to the insurance carrier. This often coincides with a change in the definition of disability from “own occupation” (inability to perform your regular duties) to “any occupation” (inability to perform any job). Proving this can be a bigger hurdle than proving your initial short term disability claim, and claimants should be prepared with the medical documentation to back up their disability under the “any occupation” definition.

It’s also important to be specific when it comes to the initial definition of disability in your policy. If your regular duties include installing computer monitors, traveling to meet clients, or sitting in one spot and staring at a computer monitor for four to six hours per day, your job may not be a “light duty” position, despite your insurance carrier’s claims to the contrary.

No matter where you are in the course of a long term disability claim, the experienced team of attorneys at Dell & Schaefer can help you fight for the disability benefits you’re entitled to. We’ve helped thousands of IT professionals recover disability benefits and are well-versed in each insurance carrier’s processes and procedures. Get in touch with one of our attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.

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New York Life

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

Reviewed by M.T. on February 15th 2024   Verified Policyholder | May 2023 date of disability
I have been appealing a claim for LTD for 8 months! New York Life keeps claiming they will not approve claim for pre existing conditions but my illness is not preexisting ... read more >
Reliance Standard

Staff Lie

Reviewed by Tanya on February 12th 2024   Verified Policyholder | August 2021 date of disability
I had my disability cut off the day I was scheduled to find out whether I should have surgery. The claims examiner was aware that I had an appointment on that date and sai... read more >
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Sent on February 12th 2024 by Attorney Gregory Dell

I am sorry to hear about your experience. It’s crazy that Reliance Standard would deny your disability benefits when you are suffering so badly that you need surgery.... read more >

Hartford

Former Hartford employee has had life insurance and accidental death policy's revoked for one late premium payment

Reviewed by Becky H. THOMAS on February 12th 2024   Verified Policyholder | February 2024 date of disability
Dislike how they are constantly interrupting the lives of their disabled EE's whom are entitled to benefit which they paid into out of there pay check every pay period onl... read more >
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Sent on February 12th 2024 by Attorney Gregory Dell

Thank you for your review of Hartford and we appreciate you sharing.  It’s sad they don’t take care of their own employees.

Lincoln Financial

Never received benefits my entire leave - or help with them

Reviewed by Anna on December 19th 2023   Verified Policyholder | November 2023 date of disability
I used my short term disability insurance for maternity leave and started the process beforehand knowing when I would be out (scheduled induction.) It took a little over a... read more >
Sun Life

Unscrupulous Tactics

Reviewed by Misseekayy on December 19th 2023   Verified Policyholder | May 2023 date of disability
Sunlife uses unscrupulous tactics in order to prevent payment of claims. They wait until it is close to the 30 day mark and then they ask for another form of information o... read more >
Sedgwick

Lame

Reviewed by Dennis T. on December 11th 2023   Verified Policyholder | March 2022 date of disability
My experience with Sedgwick and personell is as follows: Unhelpful, unprofessional and an overall unpleasant experience.
Unum

Low payments

Reviewed by Dorothy on November 30th 2023   Verified Policyholder | November 2023 date of disability
I was injured at work. I did house keeping in a hospital. I tore just about everything imaginable in my knee. I was let go from my job, because I was no longer able to do ... read more >
Lincoln Financial

Well Documented correspondence

Reviewed by Joshua on November 23rd 2023   Verified Policyholder | May 2023 date of disability
I read other situations and it’s all very similar to my case. I have received STD from May 2023 and when my FMLA run out LF would not respond or answer my calls. My last... read more >
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Who are Dell Disability Lawyers?

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

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

We welcome you to contact any of our attorneys for a free immediate review of your disability claim. We also invite you to visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel where we have more than 700 videos and regularly provide tips to help protect your disability benefits.

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

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

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

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

What are your fees?

Since we represent disability insurance claimants at different stages of a disability insurance claim we offer a variety of different fee options. We understand that claimants living on disability insurance benefits have a limited source of income; therefore we always try to work with the claimant to make our attorney fees as affordable as possible.

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

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

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

No. For purposes of efficiency and to reduce expenses for our clients we have found that 99% of our clients prefer to communicate via phone, email, fax, GoToMeeting 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.

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