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Osteoarthritis Disability Insurance Claim Help From Disability Lawyers

The severe pain associated with osteoarthritis prevents many Americans from working in their own occupation or any occupation. Osteoarthritis disability insurance claims are often an issue for disability insurance companies due to the degenerative nature of the condition. Disability companies wrongfully expect some kind of conclusive event to have occurred in order to justify paying a person that has stopped working due to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a chronic and degenerative condition and people suffer and continue to work for many years before they stop working. Our disability lawyers understand your medical condition and we know what the disability company needs to see in order to approve your claim. If the disability company refuses to act reasonably, then we will sue them and we know the legal standard that they must comply with. We try to do everything possible to avoid a lawsuit and make sure you continue to get paid every month.

Our disability insurance lawyers will work with your doctor(s) to make sure that the best medical evidence is obtained and presented to your disability carrier. People with osteoarthritis have good days and bad days. Insurance companies don’t believe in good days and will try to obtain video surveillance of you in order to prove that you can return to work. Our job is to protect your benefits and make sure the disability insurance company pays your claim. We know how the disability companies think and we are able to always keep you one step ahead of them. Contact us for a free consultation to discuss how we can assist you with your short or long term disability insurance claim. We assist claimants located anywhere in the USA.

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  • Candace,

    Please contact our office to discuss your claim. When was the claim denied, and have you filed an appeal yet? Some policies indicate that the Regular Care of a Physician provision will not be applied if it is deemed that the treatment would not be deemed necessary. However, Guardian’s evaluation is probably that your claim is a “chronic pain” condition claim and would then apply standards of care as it relates to pain control.

    Stephen JessupJun 18, 2015  #2

  • I am at a loss as how to handle Guardian Insurance. I opened a STD claim in March, which they promptly paid for 2 months of the 13 month period. My plans were to then apply for the LTD. My Doctor deemed me unable to work last August due to progressive osteoarthritis (since 2005 on his records). I also had a discectomy performed in May 2009. Since that date I have been unable to fully recover and have worked up until 1/30/15- even after the Dr. told me to not work last August. I did not see the Doctor in person from August thru January and called for an appointment in January. The soonest I could get in was May 29th, 2015. I scheduled that date. I have each month since last August called the doctor’s office to get a pain prescription and let the staff know how I was doing- until my May appt. Guardian ins pulled the plug on my claim after eight weeks stating I was not under “regular and appropriate care”. The Doctor advised me last August that there was nothing that could be done for me other than “comfort” meds. He actually told me that future appointments were futile. I have for the past 6-7 years on my own gone thru upper body therapy, faithfully gone to a chiropractor, received weekly massages, perform do tai chi and swim at the local Y. My goal was to muddle through somehow to 65. I couldn’t tolerate the pain from setting at my desk anymore. I am a CEO of a FI. It is not a heavy labor job but a stressful desk job. When I had the discectomy in 2009 that Doctor also told me that nothing further could be done for my arthritis. How now do I handle an insurance company that doesn’t want to pay a claim but uses the “care” card as reasoning. To get a step ahead of them , knowing I would be filing the LTD, I applied for SSDI. Low and behold I am scheduled to see an IME in July. I had assumed I would be denied right out of the gate. If I do receive SSDI I would still like to see Guardian pay their portion. I have afforded this benefit to my entire staff for 30 years and feel that being treated this way is unjust to me but also to them. How do I proceed on this “regular and appropriate care” issue when two well respected Doctors in the Pittsburgh area say no further help is available to me.

    CandaceJun 17, 2015  #1

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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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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.

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Reviews

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.

Jeff P. (Oklahoma)

After a very long and frustrating ordeal to keep my LTD payments coming I decided to seek assistance from and attorney. After much research and asking those in the legal profession Dell & Schaefer seemed to be the top choice. I reached out and Alex Palamara was the attorney assigned to my case. All I can say is the experience was outstanding. Both Alex and his Paralegal, Danielle Lauria were excellent to work with. They were very kind, concerned, understanding of my frustrations and treated me with the utmost respect. Communication was excellent with regular updates and telling me what I could expect in each stage of the process.

Alex was also very straight forward with what to expect and no pie in the sky promises or expectations were made. In the end we won our case and I believe it was solely due to their experience and knowledge of not only the laws but the insurance companies as a whole. I would highly recommend them and am very grateful for the help they afforded to me.

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