Lincoln Financial approves long-term disability benefits for financial advisor injured in car accident

Our client was a successful, independent financial advisor who owned her own business. On December 21, 2008, while stopped at a red light, her car was struck from the rear by a cement mixer. Within days of the accident she was beginning to experience pain in her neck and lower back. MRI reports indicated multiple herniations of her cervical and lumbar spine. Unable to return to her office for little more than an hour at a time, her fear of losing all she had worked for became an unfortunate reality. Due to her inability to continue working, she decided to make a claim for disability benefits under her long term disability policy. Three months after her accident, she contacted Dell and Schaefer to assist her in the preparation of her claim for long-term disability benefits.

Attorneys Gregory Dell and Stephen Jessup worked closely with our client to ensure that her doctors appropriately documented her restrictions and limitations. After a thorough review of her medical records and obtaining a firm understanding of her occupation as a financial analyst and business owner, Dell and Schaefer filed her application for benefits in early May of 2009. Dell and Schaefer argued that despite the fact she attempted to return to work during the four months following her auto accident, that she was totally disabled from performing the material and substantial duties of her occupation as of date of her accident. Lincoln Financial made additional requests for information and further inquiries from our client, which were anticipated by Dell and Schaefer, and met with prompt and consistent responses. In response to the application for disability benefits and additional information in support of disability submitted by Dell and Schaefer, Lincoln Financial approved our client’s claim for long term disability benefits back to the date of the car accident. The claim for long-term disability benefits was approved within 30 days.

Attorneys Dell and Schaefer continues to handle our client’s claim with Lincoln Financial on a monthly basis. All communications from Lincoln Financial are sent directly to our office and Lincoln Financial is prohibited from having any direct communication with our client. Attorneys Dell & Schaefer represents claimants nationwide in all aspects of a long-term disability claim, which includes everything from the application process through litigation of any disability claim denials.

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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.

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

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Bruce R. (Arizona)

Steve Dell has done an exceptional job with my disability application process. The firm is extremely well managed. They have acquired an incredible amount of experience over many years. I recommend them for disability insurance claims without reservation. 

Don (Florida)

I called this firm a few months ago completely disparaged due to a company cutting off disability benefits at a time that nearly caused me to lose everything.

Attorney Alex Palmera and Danielle worked hard to reach an amicable settlement and my case was settled a few months later. This is a good firm and the specific expertise in disability claims saved me countless hours of hassle at a time when an already fragile state existed.

Thank you Mr. Palamara and Danielle.

Sandra B. (Arkansas)

I have nothing but good things to say about how my buyout was handled with my disability claim. The level of professionalism was amazing. All of my questions and concerns were answered either by Danielle L. or Alex P. in such a timely manner and with such care I would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone needing to approach their provider with buyout options.

They did a fantastic job communicating between the provider and me, always keeping my best interest at heart and always answering my many many questions. They really did take most of the stress out of this whole situation. I would give them a 10 out of 10 for every step of this crazy journey. Thank you so much for helping me through this.

Brenda R. (New York)

I needed assistance with an appeal for a LTD claim that was initially denied. Stephen understood what needed to happen to win the appeal and he did win the appeal for me.

Michael C. (Virginia)

Greg Dell and his assistant Anneli have been extremely responsive and helpful, not only our initial consultations, but in follow-ups 1 and 2 years later with the insurance company to ensure that they comply with their agreements (which they did), as well as a separate and only slightly-related inquiry about our health insurance. I always hear back from them very quickly, which is rare and greatly appreciated.

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