UNUM Insurance Company reverses disability insurance denial for CFO/VP of Finance

Disability Insurance Lawyers Dell & Schaefer prevailed in an ERISA appeal filed on behalf of their client when Unum wrongfully denied her long term disability benefits. The client was suffering from Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Anal Canal which causes Chronic and Frequent Bowel Movements, an inability to control her bowel movements, Rectal Pain, Anxiety and Depression, all of which prevented her from performing the material duties of her occupation as CFO/VP of Finance and Administration. The claimant was suffering from bowel incontinence as a side effect to radiation received to the rectum as treatment for anal cancer. She experienced accidents up to 3-4 a week. Her physicians agreed that she was unable to work due to persistent diarrhea and the inability to control her bowel movements and had directly expressed this to Unum. Unum chose to ignore these medical opinions coming to their own conclusion that the client was perfectly capable of working in her regular occupation as long as she was within 100 feet of a restroom. Unfortunately, being within 100 feet from a restroom did not prevent her from soiling herself. Each time she soiled herself she required a shower, change of clothes, and needed to wash her soiled clothing which takes over an hour and a half each time it occurred. This absolutely could not be done in an office setting and would cause her severe anxiety and stress.

Dell & Schaefer filed an appeal on the clients behalf arguing that should a claims administrator or employee of Unum have this very medical issue he or she would not agree that being within 100 feet from a restroom would make it possible for them to perform the material and substantial duties of their occupation. Working in an office setting with unpredictable and uncontrolled bowel movements causes severe mental and emotional distress and well as physical restrictions and limitations which would prevent any human being from performing the material and substantial duties of their occupation. To state that all she needs is to be 100 feet from a bathroom in order to work, as this would be a reasonable accommodation is incorrect, untrue and completely insensitive.

Following submission of our ERISA appeal, Unum informed our client that her benefits were reinstated as they determined she was disabled and unable to perform the material duties of her occupation. She was paid all of her past due benefits and put back on claim. Our law firm continues to handle our client’s disability claim on a monthly basis.

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Our disability insurance lawyers help policy holders seeking short or long term disability insurance benefits from Unum. We have helped thousands of disability insurance claimants nationwide with monthly disability benefits. With more than 40 years of disability insurance experience we have helped individuals in almost every occupation and we are familiar with the disability income policies offered by Unum.

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Our lawyers help individuals that have either purchased a Unum long term disability insurance policy from an insurance company or obtained short or long term disability insurance coverage as a benefit from their employer.

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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.

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.

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I have been a client of Stephen Jessup since early last year and have to say he’s an amazing attorney whose direct approach and attention to detail are second to none. My case presents a difficult challenge in that we have to manage my LTD policy, workers compensation, and SSDI all together. Attorney Jessup has been able to guide me through all the intricacies of all three and has gone out of his way to do so, even in dealing with workers compensation and SSDI, although he is not required to do so. He doesn’t embellish or overstate what he can do for you. I have never had an email go unanswered or an attorney conference call cancelled. His compassion and understanding about your situation and condition are genuine. He listens to all your concerns and never will respond with empty rhetoric or lip service. And let’s not forget Anneli De Cardenas, who is definitely a big part of Dell & Schaefer. She has been terrific to deal with and has been very empathetic regarding my case.

Dealing with the insurance company by yourself is not only stressful but also not recommended; since Dell & Schaefer have started managing my LTD policy, I have felt a tremendous sense of relief because they are always on the ball and I trust that they are handling it effectively. I have the utmost gratitude to Stephen Jessup and Dell & Schafer for everything they have done for my case.

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