Negotiate A Disability Buyout Settlement

Disability Insurance companies sell long term disability policies with the hope that they will never need to pay monthly benefits to an insured. Once an insurance company becomes obligated to pay an insured monthly disability benefits, the insurance company is losing money. In an effort to cut their losses, most disability insurance companies are always interested in the opportunity to buy-out an insured’s disability policy for a one-time lump sum amount.

Our disability lawyers have established relationships with the people at each disability company that make the decisions on disability buyouts. Since 1979 we have helped our clients to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in disability benefits. We always offer a free immediate phone consultation to discuss how we could help you. We work closely with actuaries, financial consultants and treating physicians in order to maximize a buy-out offer.

How Are Lump-Sum Buyouts Calculated?

Every disability company has their own methodology and formulas for determining the value of an insured’s disability income policy. As a result of handling buy-outs with almost every disability insurance company, we are well aware of each company’s valuation methods. There are multiple factors involved in determining the value of an insured’s disability income policy. Some of the factors that insurance companies will consider are:

  • the life expectancy and mortality of the insured;
  • the current corporate bond rate;
  • the likelihood that the insured will remain totally or residually disabled;
  • the amount of insurance company reserves for the specific policy;
  • the present value of future monthly disability benefits;
  • the age of the claimant and years remaining on the policy

In every lump-sum policy buyout, the insurance companies will make an offer that is discounted to present value dollars. This means that if the future value of an insured’s disability payments in 10 years would be $960,000 ($8,000 a month multiplied by 120 months), then the present value is the amount of money an insured needs today at a stated interest rate in order to equal $960,000. Assuming an $8,000 monthly benefit, 120 months of remaining payments, and an interest rate of 4%, then the present value of $960,000 would be approximately $790,000. This means that if you deposited $790,000 in the bank today and received an interest rate of 4%, then you would have $960,000 ten years from today if you never touched the money.

The present value amount is always less than future value. Insurance companies only offer settlements based upon the present value and they will never pay 100% of the present value as there is no financial benefit for them to do so. They will however, use the previously stated factors in arriving at a buy back amount.

Companies Offering Disability Buyouts

Disability insurance companies are not required to offer a lump-sum buyout of a disability, yet of the 40 different companies there are some that do so more than others. The ten most common disability companies that will consider a disability buyout are:

  • Cigna (Life Insurance Company of North America)
  • Unum
  • Prudential
  • Lincoln Financial (Acquired Liberty Mutual in 2018)
  • Hartford (Acquired Aetna Disability in 2017)
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Disability Management Services (“DMS”)
  • The Standard
  • Met Life
  • Trustmark

When Does a Disability Buyout Make Sense?

Lump sum buy backs are not advisable for everyone. However, they often make sense for an insured for the following reasons:

  • cash received is often tax free to be invested as you desire;
  • no risk of future denials or uncertainty of upcoming benefits;
  • monthly benefits end at the death of the insured;
  • cash received now can be used for estate planning or new venture;
  • no longer subject to insurance company solvency;
  • option to try a return to work without insurance company scrutiny.

If you are interested in pursuing a lump-sum disability buyout contact Attorneys Dell & Schaefer to make sure you are receiving the maximum buy-out possible.

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Sedgwick

AT&T Was Great and Sedgwick Horrible

Reviewed by From a great job to a complete nightmare on March 20th 2024   Verified Policyholder | March 2024 date of disability
My Physician recommended that I take some time from a toxic environment after several deaths in my family coupled with AT&T trying to run tenured employees out of the door... read more >
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 >
Reply
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 >
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Q: Can receiving a Unum group LTD benefit settlement lower my SSDI benefit?

Answered on March 29th 2024 by Attorney Gregory Dell
A: Jeff,The acceptance of a Unum Lump Sum Buyout offer should not reduce your ssdi benefit. You should contact ... Read More >

Q: Should I accept the buyout from Lincoln Financial? I have 7 days to decide.

Answered on January 16th 2024 by Attorney Alex Palamara
A: Kendra, it was a pleasure speaking with you today. Thank you for reaching out for the free consultation. We ar... Read More >

Q: Do you help with negotiating lump sum settlements of policies?

Answered on August 11th 2020 by Attorney Stephen Jessup
A: Marcella, yes, we do assist in negotiating lump sum settlements of policies. Northwestern Mutual is very selec... Read More >

Q: Will Principal harass me if I don't accept their buyout? And, is it standard for a buyout to be lower than the full benefit paid over time?

Answered on July 17th 2018 by Attorney Stephen Jessup
A: Jan, I have not experienced retaliatory actions form Principal for refusing a buyout offer. As to your second ... Read More >

Q: Would it be better to continue to receive benefits from Lincoln Financial or should I seek a buyout?

Answered on February 22nd 2019 by Attorney Alex Palamara
A: AJ, I am sorry to hear of all the medical issues though I am happy to hear that Liberty Mutual has approved be... Read More >

Q: Does Lincoln Financial offer lump sum settlements?

Answered on August 25th 2018 by Attorney Cesar Gavidia
A: Jenn, yes, Lincoln offers buyout. Please contact our office and ask to speak with a disability insurance attor... Read More >

Q: Would MetLife consider a buy out if my condition is idopathic and I have several years left on the disability I received through work?

Answered on June 20th 2017 by Attorney Stephen Jessup
A: Maria, your claim could very well be ripe for a lump sum buyout. Please feel free to contact our office to dis... Read More >
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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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