Maintaining Your Disability Claim Long-Term

At Steve German, A Law Firm, our representation does not end once we convince the insurance company to pay your benefits. We remain involved to ensure your long-term disability claim is properly maintained and serviced. By being proactive, we work to ensure that your disability benefits are not suddenly cut off.

We encourage you to contact us today at 480-607-9166 to discuss specific questions about your case. Based in Scottsdale, our lawyers represent clients throughout the Phoenix area and across Arizona in disability cases.

Attending To Details After Your Benefits Are Being Paid

Typically, insurance companies demand monthly claimant statements, and will require attending physician statements and financial data to support your claim. The laundry list of materials demanded can be overwhelming. Our goal is to make the disability claim process go as seamlessly as possible, so that you can concentrate on your recovery, or challenges you face dealing with a newly discovered or acute disabling condition.

Working With Your Trusted Providers

Our attorneys work hand-in-hand with other professionals assisting with your medical care and your finances. The medical professionals providing your care will be required to complete forms called Attending Physician Statements (APS). Your accountants and bookkeepers may need to assist gathering data regarding Overhead Expense Benefits (OEB), or data needed to calculate your Prior Monthly Income (PMI) for purposes of a residual (partial) disability claim.

Knowing what to ask for from your team, as well as knowing whether the insurance company's requests are reasonable, are key components to a successfully handling your disability claim.

Don't Miss Out On What You Are Owed

Remember, the goal of your disability insurance carrier is to pay you as little as possible, if anything at all. If you are not proactive, benefits owed can be overlooked without your knowing. You may be entitled to premium refunds, COLA benefits or automatic benefit increases. Having familiarity with these claims allows our firm to ensure that not one penny owed to you is overlooked.

Buy-outs or lump-sum payouts in exchange for the surrender of your policy are also ways insurance companies at times seek an unfair advantage.

  • Buy-outs: We provide representation to be sure your buy-out arrangement is calculated fairly. Buy-outs usually occur once a claim has been approved, and benefits have been paid over a period of time.
  • Lump-sum payments: The insurance company may approach an insured and offer a lump-sum payment of money. In return, the insured is required to forfeit the full value of the policy, and must otherwise surrender any future benefits that could be owed under the policy.

Judging whether the money the insurance company offers is reasonable is not straightforward and requires assistance from someone who understands complex formulas, methods used to calculate present-day value, mortality ratios and so forth. If you are approached by an insurance company for a buy-out of your disability insurance policy, contact us to find out what it really means for your bottom line.

If You Purchased Private Disability Insurance

If you have been injured or have fallen ill, contact us to discuss your situation. Learn about your options, and let us help you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.

Send us an email or call us at 480-607-9166 to schedule your free initial consultation.