Long-Term Disability for Otolaryngologists
Facing a long-term disability that interrupts your capacity to work as an otolaryngologist can be a daunting and stressful experience. The fear of financial insecurity and the complex process of claiming benefits can create challenging burdens, particularly when you are already dealing with the pain of an injury or illness. The experienced long-term disability attorneys at Abell and Capitan Law are dedicated to making this journey less overwhelming. Our firm focuses solely on individual and group disability insurance claims, so we have the precise skill set and knowledge base to fight for your rights.
Unlike many law firms that handle short-term or long-term disability claims as secondary areas, Abell and Capitan Law‘s exclusive focus on long-term disability allows us to develop customized approaches based on each client’s unique medical history, insurance policy, and insurance company. With offices in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, we’re proud to help PA, KY, and New Jersey residents with their LTD claims.
Are you an otolaryngologist facing a disability that prevents you from working? Allow us to assist you with the understanding and compassion you deserve. Contact us today at (267) 419-7888 or fill out our online form for a free consultation to learn more about how we can help you.
About Long-Term Disability Benefits
Long-term disability (LTD) benefits are designed to provide financial support when an illness or injury prevents a person from working for an extended period. However, filing for these benefits can feel complicated if you attempt to do so alone. Working with a seasoned legal team can give you the confidence you need at this challenging time. Our firm’s client-centric approach helps us evaluate the relevant issues specific to your claim and provide you with personalized service.
LTD Benefits vs. Workers’ Compensation Benefits
It’s essential to understand the difference between long-term disability benefits and workers’ compensation. While workers’ comp covers workplace injuries or illnesses, LTD insurance covers disabilities that might not be related to work. LTD benefits typically provide a percentage of your income, regardless of where the injury or illness occurred. An attorney with comprehensive knowledge of these differences can guide you through the subtleties and fight for the benefits you deserve.
Why Do Otolaryngologists Need LTD Insurance?
Otolaryngologists, or ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctors, work in a demanding and specialized field. Their exposure to certain risks and health concerns can lead to long-term disabilities. Some of the health issues that could prevent otolaryngologists from performing their duties include the following:
- Repetitive strain injuries – Otolaryngologists often perform delicate and repetitive movements during surgeries and examinations, which can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome or other strain injuries over time.
- Exposure to infections – Regular contact with patients suffering from infections can lead to the ENT doctors themselves becoming ill.
- Chronic back and neck pain – The physical posture required to perform surgeries or examinations may lead to chronic back and neck pain.
- Hearing loss – Prolonged exposure to certain equipment noises or failure in protective measures can result in hearing impairment.
- Mental health issues – The stress and demands of the profession might lead to burnout, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or anxiety, impairing the ability to work effectively.
- Visual strain – Eye strain from detailed work and continuous focus on small areas can cause visual impairments over time.
LTD insurance provides the financial safety net needed for these illnesses and other unforeseen health issues, allowing otolaryngologists to focus on recovery without worrying that they will lose all their income.
How to File a Long-Term Disability Claim
Filing a long-term disability claim can seem overwhelming, but Abell and Capitan Law is here to guide you through every step:
- Notify your employer – Letting your employer know that you have a health issue that may require you to cease performing your duties is the first step toward filing a successful claim.
- Collect documentation – Gather all necessary medical records, employment information, and evidence of your disability.
- Contact your insurance company – Notify your insurer about your disability and request the required claim forms.
- Complete the forms thoroughly – Fill out the forms with accurate and detailed information about your condition. Consult with Abell and Capitan Law to ensure everything is in order.
- Submit the claim – Send the completed forms and supporting documents to your insurance company by the deadline.
- Stay in communication – Keep in touch with your insurer and promptly respond to requests for additional information.
Reasons Your Claim Might Be Denied
A claim denial can be devastating, but understanding the common reasons for denial can help you prepare:
- Insufficient medical evidence – Lack of concrete medical proof can result in denial.
- Policy exclusions – Some policies have exclusions for specific conditions or circumstances.
- Missed deadlines – Failing to meet submission deadlines can lead to a denial of your claim.
- Inconsistent information – Any discrepancies between your claim forms and medical records might raise red flags.
If you receive a denial for these or other reasons, consulting with a qualified long-term disability attorney can help you understand your options and whether you can appeal.
How an Experienced Long-Term Disabilities Attorney Can Help
At Abell and Capitan Law, we bring a team-oriented approach and thorough knowledge of LTD insurance to assist you with your claim. Here’s how we can help:
- Customized strategies – We build personalized strategies based on your specific medical disability, policy, and insurance company.
- Legal representation – We’ll represent you in all interactions with the insurance company, working to protect your rights.
- Appealing denied claims – If your claim is denied, we’ll help you appeal, using our extensive knowledge of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) and other relevant aspects of federal law.
Contact Abell and Capitan Law Today
If you can no longer perform your work as an otolaryngologist due to disability or illness, you deserve support from knowledgeable LTD attorneys. With offices in Pennsylvania and Kentucky, the team at Abell and Capitan Law is eager to assist PA, KY, and New Jersey residents with their LTD claims. We take pride in our ability to help good people like you. Don’t face this battle alone. Reach out to Abell and Capitan Law at (267) 419-7888 for a free legal consultation, and rest assured that there are people who care about you during this challenging time.