Our client, a financial advisor, was first diagnosed with fascioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) in 2002. FSHD is a neuromuscular disease which causes progressive skeletal muscle loss and weakness, defects in the biochemical, physical and structural components of muscle and the death of muscle cells and tissue. FSHD is a severely disabling condition and is the second most prevalent muscular dystrophy affecting adults. Despite our client’s diagnosis he continued work with his illness for several years.
Beginning in 2003 and 2004, our client began experiencing noticeable symptoms of aches, pains, difficulty speaking, discomfort and limitations in doing some normal everyday tasks and activities. Over the past two years our client’s symptoms rapidly increased and intensified, to the point it was becoming impossible to perform his occupation as a financial advisor.
Our client contacted Attorneys Dell & Schaefer to assist with the filing of application for long-term disability benefits with Mass Mutual and other long-term disability insurance companies. Attorneys Gregory Dell and Cesar Gavidia worked with our client to gather all of his medical records, financial and occupational information. Our client’s disability policy stated that he would be eligible for long-term disability benefits if he was unable to perform the duties of his occupation. Attorneys Dell & Schaefer submitted our client’s application with extensive addendums attached and the claim for long-term disability benefits was approved within 45 days. As long as our client remains eligible for long-term disability benefits, he will receive $12,000 a month until her turns age 65. Attorneys Dell & Schaefer continues to assist our client with the monthly maintenance of his claim with MassMutual.