“A nurse became disabled after developing degenerative disc disease in at the lumbar and cervical regions in her spine. Her capacity for lifting patients, staying on her feet, and even doing routine paperwork was significantly impaired. Unum, however, decided the woman’s conditions were not severe enough to rule out working as a nurse. She knew returning to work as a nurse was unsafe for both her patients and herself.
The woman hired Fields Disability to file an appeal on her behalf. Our attorneys assembled the medical records to present a complete and holistic view of the claimant’s conditions, restrictions, and limitations. Additionally, we submitted two narrative reports including and independent medical review and a strong report from the woman’s treating provider. After a brief review, Unum reversed its decision to deny benefits and started paying the woman’s claim. She was thrilled to receive a substantial backpay check, as she had been without income for roughly a year.”