Lincoln Financial’s denial of long-term disability benefits is reversed following appeal submitted by attorneys Dell & Schaefer

Attorneys Dell & Schaefer were retained by a former chiropractor who was receiving long-term disability benefits from one of her two disability policies. Despite one company paying her long-term disability benefits, Lincoln Financial refused to pay disability benefits, claiming she could perform the substantial and material duties of her occupation as a chiropractor. Following her initial consultation with attorneys, Gregory Dell and Robert Kerr, she retained the firm to pursue the disability benefits owed to her under the Lincoln Financial policy.

Our client was unable to continue working as a chiropractor as a result of back pain and arthritis in her shoulders and hands. Before moving to south Florida, she owned a successful practice in Colorado, and treated with a physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor in Denver. Because of her illnesses, she was forced to stop working and sell her practice. She subsequently moved to south Florida in the hope that the milder climate would ease the pain that makes her unable to work.

Despite her treating physician’s clear support of her disability, Lincoln Financial denied our client benefits based on their independent medical exam (IME) and surveillance of her riding a bike. Dell & Schaefer worked with our client and her physicians to develop the medical support necessary to properly document and support her claim. After several months of treatment by the appropriate physicians, Attorney Robert Kerr submitted an appeal to Lincoln Financial outlining the documentation and clear support for our client’s right to long-term benefits.  Within a reasonable timeframe of receiving the appeal, Lincoln Financial approved our client’s long-term disability benefits and paid all past due benefits.

Attorneys Dell & Schaefer will continue to handle our client’s claim moving forward to ensure that she continues to receive her long-term disability benefits on a monthly basis.

Questions About Hiring Us

Do you help Lincoln Financial claimants nationwide?

We represent Lincoln Financial clients nationwide and we encourage you to contact us for a FREE immediate phone consultation with one of our experienced disability insurance attorneys.

Can you help with a Lincoln Financial disability insurance policy?

Our disability insurance lawyers help policy holders seeking short or long term disability insurance benefits from Lincoln Financial. We have helped thousands of disability insurance claimants nationwide with monthly disability benefits. With more than 40 years of disability insurance experience we have helped individuals in almost every occupation and we are familiar with the disability income policies offered by Lincoln Financial.

How do you help Lincoln Financial claimants?

Our lawyers help individuals that have either purchased a Lincoln Financial long term disability insurance policy from an insurance company or obtained short or long term disability insurance coverage as a benefit from their employer.

Our experienced lawyers can assist with Lincoln Financial:

  • ERISA and Non-ERISA Appeals of Disability Benefit Denials
  • ERISA and Non-ERISA Disability Benefit Lawsuits
  • Applying For Short or Long Term Disability Benefits
  • Daily Handling & Management of Your Disability Claim
  • Disability Insurance Lump-Sum Buyout or Settlement Negotiations

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.

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I had a disability claim that was denied by a major insurer and through searching I found the firm of Dell & Schaefer and decided to give them a call. From the moment I placed the call I felt like the whole firm was devoting their time to my case. I was very fortunate to get Attorney Rachel Alters to represent me on my case. This was a decision I am very glad to have made. From the time of my first conservation it was a totally professional group that I knew I was dealing with, yet it seemed her goal was to only help me in my disability claim. It took a considerable amount of paperwork due to the number of Doctors that I had been seeing. As I would return to see one of my Doctors they would always comment on the professionalism and concern shown on my case. Rachel Alters was able to get me a fair settlement and I do applaud her and her firm for an outstanding performance in my case.

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