“Our client worked for several years as a machinery operator in a utility plant. He became disabled after developing severe degenerative joint disease in his knees, as well as shoulder issues and major depression. The pain and immobility kept him from being on his feet for extended periods of time. He was unable to work because his heavy duty job as a machine operator required frequent standing and walking. He filed a claim for long-term disability benefits with Liberty Mutual. The insurance company denied benefits from the outset, stating he could work his own occupation.
The man hired Fields Disability to help him appeal Liberty’s decision. Our attorneys developed substantial medical evidence supporting the man’s limitations. We secured statements from the man’s treating physicians describing his conditions. The appeal was submitted with legal arguments regarding Liberty Mutual’s duty to consider our client as a whole person, and not focus solely on individual conditions. Our client was subsequently approved for long-term disability due to the appeal.”