South Dakota Disability Insurance Attorneys

disability attorney south-dakotaOur South Dakota Disability Attorneys assist disability insurance claimants during all stages of a claim for disability insurance benefits. Since 1979, our disability law firm has represented disability claimants against every major disability insurance company. We have earned our reputation in both South Dakota and Nationwide as aggressive, competent, and reliable disability insurance lawyers.

It is essential to hire a disability insurance law firm that has the resources, co-counsel network and experience to effectively represent disability insurance claimants against these nationwide disability insurance companies. We have relationships with lawyers throughout South Dakota and if we are not able to assist you with your disability claim, then we may be able to recommend a South Dakota disability lawyer. If you have a disability insurance claim in either South Dakota or any other state, contact our disability insurance attorneys for a free consultation.

South Dakota residents that have had their disability insurance benefits denied can file a lawsuit in the Magistrate Court or Circuit Court under a limited set of circumstances. South Dakota’s state appellate courts includes the South Dakota Supreme Court. If the disability claimant resides in South Dakota and the disability insurance company is located in a different state, and the amount of disability benefits payable is greater than $75,000, then the lawsuit can be filed in South Dakota Federal District Court. If the disability insurance policy is an employer provided policy governed by ERISA, then the disability claim must be filed in federal court. South Dakota has one Federal District Court. An ERISA governed disability claim denial lawsuit can usually be filed in any state that the insurance company conducts business. According to the South Dakota Department of Insurance there are more than 1,400 insurance companies that sell insurance products in South Dakota.

Do I Need To Come To Your Office In Order For Your Firm To Evaluate My Claim?

No. We are certainly available to meet with you at any of our satellite offices located in either South Dakota or another state, however following a review of your disability policy or any other pertinent documents and a free telephone conversation we are usually able to make a determination. It is our job to try to get our clients paid their disability insurance benefits as quick as possible; therefore we prefer to have an initial consultation via telephone.

Do I Have to File My Disability Denial Lawsuit in South Dakota?

In the event of a disability claim denial, our disability attorneys will usually have the option of selecting one of several states to file the disability lawsuit. More than 80% of short term and long term disability insurance policies are governed by a federal law called ERISA, which means that a South Dakota disability insurance attorney can usually file a lawsuit in any federal court in any state.

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Questions About Hiring Us

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.

Dell & Schaefer Client Reviews   *****

Jodi C.

Despite the fact that I work at a law firm who handles different types of cases, I had an incredibly difficult time finding a firm that would take my disability case against Northwestern Mutual. I was so pleased when Dell & Schaefer agreed to represent me. This has been an extremely stressful and difficult time trying to receive the benefits which I was owed, while also dealing with serious medical conditions and physical limitations. My main diagnosis is fibromyalgia syndrome, which has completely changed every aspect of my life. I could not ever have imagined that I would be so lucky as to find such a firm as Dell & Schaefer and an attorney like Alex Palamara.

From the very beginning, he and his staff were so very helpful, knowledgeable, kind, understanding and committed to me and my case. I have now learned that disability cases against private insurance carriers are very different than a social security disability claim. I had to completely rely on Alex Palamara’s professional knowledge and experience with my case. Alex, his firm and his staff went above and beyond to assist me in every way. They were very clear in explaining these types of cases, and my case in particular. Working in the legal field as a secretary, I know how frustrating it can be for clients when they don’t have regular communication with their attorney, or have questions that need to be answered.

Alex always immediately responded to me and answered every question I had. He also always made sure that I was given any update or new information regarding my case. I could not be happier with the representation I received from Alex Palamara and everyone at Dell & Schaefer. From the very beginning, through and including mediation, Alex was completely prepared regarding every aspect of my case, medical condition, limitations, extensive documentation, and my situation in every way. I truly do not know what I would have done had I not found Alex Palamara and Dell & Schaefer to represent me in this matter. I normally hesitate to recommend a professional to others, but not in this case. I would very highly recommend Dell & Schaefer, and especially Alex Palamara, to anyone with a disability claim in need of representation. Despite the awful personal situation that brought me to Alex and his firm, he and his staff made it as stress-free as possible, and brought my case to a close in a professional and respectful manner and timeframe.

***** 5 stars based on 202 reviews

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