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Principal determines the length of your disability. NOT YOUR DOCTOR OR YOUR RECOVERY RATE. 

Reviewed by Debi on May 31st 2013   Verified Policyholder
I have Principal Financial disability for 18 yrs. through work. Last Jan. I had 4 spinal multi-level laminectomies and fusions and was promptly paid short term disability without incident. After 4 months, disability was stopped as Principal deems 4 months the maximum length of time required to fully recover from this type of surgery. Perhaps their rule of thumb is one month for each laminectomy? Despite my doctor’s refusal to sign a return to work order for another 60 days until my back heals enough to begin resuming normal activities. And my doctor’s office phoning Principal to say the same. And the fact that this type of surgery is not even deemed successful until a year passes to determine if calcium growth around the fusions has occurred or if further surgery is needed. Principal determines the length of your disability. NOT YOUR DOCTOR OR YOUR RECOVERY RATE. The company needs to list each disability they will cover along with the time they will allot for each so customers don’t get fooled into thinking they will be covered for their entire recovery time and instead go down the drain financially because they don’t recover fast enough. Bullying the sick and hurt is shameful.
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Sent on May 31st 2013 by Attorney Gregory Dell

Debi, a four month recovery for the type of surgery you had is ridiculous. Especially when your doctor has not cleared you to return to work. Most people with your surgery do not return to their jobs. If you have been denied, then contact us privately to review your disability denial and let you know your options.

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Sorry, Principal. My residual and renewal commissions aren't "earned"

Reviewed by Ron on August 24th 2020   Verified Policyholder
(CAPS are added by me for emphasis:) I am a self-employed insurance broker working only on commissions. I was disabled due to surgeries and received some income replacemen... read more >
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Sent on August 24th 2020 by Attorney Rachel Alters

Ron: You certainly can challenge Principal’s interpretation of the various provisions at issue through an appeal, if you have not already.

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Principal will do anything not to pay

Reviewed by George on October 7th 2018   Verified Policyholder
Hello, I’m writing this on behalf of my wife. Her vision has degraded to the point that she no longer is able to see a pc screen without extreme headaches within a few m... read more >
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Sent on October 7th 2018 by Attorney Gregory Dell

George, it sounds like your wife is a victim to the very common 24-month denial. It is unfortunate that Principal will not accept the opinions of the numerous doctors w... read more >

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Principal is absolutely ridiculous. I'm in financial harship after not receibing my full pay from work and exhausting my long term sick

Reviewed by Michelle P. on December 19th 2017   Verified Policyholder
I was placed on medical leave after suffering from vertigo and later diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease. I was put on Meclizine and Klonopin and Prednisone. During these e... read more >
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Sent on December 19th 2017 by Attorney Stephen Jessup

Michelle, will your ENT complete the applicable Attending Physician’s Statement? The APS will allow the doctor to place all restrictions and limitations he/she is imp... read more >

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Principal owes me 60k

Reviewed by Daniel S. on March 15th 2017   Verified Policyholder
I had a lawyer for my long term disability claim but they wouldn’t sue them for me because the company I worked for sent them a letter saying I didn’t work but 3 hrs a... read more >
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Sent on March 15th 2017 by Attorney Stephen Jessup

Daniel, we would need to see copies off your denial letters and your policy to determine how we may be able to assist you.

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I lost everything when Principal terminated my benefits without calling or emailing me

Reviewed by Ray T. on September 22nd 2016   Verified Policyholder
I went on short term disability August 1st of 2013 I had to get my left thumb total reconstructed. After 6 months of short-term I went on long-term. My company told me I h... read more >
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Sent on September 22nd 2016 by Attorney Stephen Jessup

Ray, have you received a formal denial letter denying the benefit? If the initial denial occurred in October 2015, there are concerns as to time expiring to file an adm... read more >

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I cant but feel I am being starved out and given the runaround.

Reviewed by Christopher on June 7th 2016   Verified Policyholder
I went off of work may 29, 2015, with a blood clot in my leg. I have had vein surgeries in the past to alleviate pain and discomfort, all of which I took vacation on a Fri... read more >
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Sent on June 7th 2016 by Attorney Stephen Jessup

Christopher, I am not sure the reason for the proof of good health- was this from a different department? If the claim is already in appeal review then there would be l... read more >

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Principal owes me 4k

Reviewed by Louann W. on April 28th 2016   Verified Policyholder
Purchased short term disability through my employer with this group. I’ve been out of work since 2/29/16. Haven’t received the first pay. Contract is I’m supposed to... read more >
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Sent on April 28th 2016 by Attorney Stephen Jessup

Louann, if they uphold the denial of your claim on appeal please feel free to contact our office to discuss what your rights/next steps are. Hopefully they will not nee... read more >

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I've never worked with people that are so obviously stalling before. Bunch of crooks

Reviewed by Mike on March 2nd 2016   Verified Policyholder
I have been disabled for over 10 weeks and Principle kept saying the forms incomplete so they needed all the medical records from my doctor, including office notes. After ... read more >
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Sent on March 2nd 2016 by Attorney Rachel Alters

Mike, is this a policy you purchased on your own? From what you’re saying it seems that they are investigating to determine whether or not there are grounds to rescin... read more >

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Answered on March 30th 2023 by Attorney Gregory Dell
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Q: Can Principal take away my deceased husband's 3 month survivor benefit? They justified it saying he was eligible for SSDI when he didn't even apply.

Answered on June 1st 2017 by Attorney Stephen Jessup
A: Michele, I am sorry to hear of your loss. We would need to see a copy of the disability policy to determine an... Read More >
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