Case Wins for our clients in District of Columbia
Here are just a few examples of our disability appeal case wins for our clients in District of Columbia.
Legal Secretary - Washington, DC
Chest Pain, Dyspnea with Exertion, Heart Transplant, Hip Replacement, Amyloidosis, Loss of a Leg
“A legal secretary was forced to stop working at a Washington D.C. law firm due to her disabling chest pain, dyspnea and hip/leg replacement surgeries. Sometime after her exhaustion of short-term disability benefits, she applied for long-term disability benefits, which was approved by Unum.
Our client was receiving long-term disability benefits until Unum preemptively terminated her benefits. The attorneys at Fields Disability contacted our client’s doctors to compile reports of all of her symptoms and treatments and appealed the decision to terminate benefits. Upon further review, and as a result of the Fields Disability attorney’s appeal, Unum reversed its decision to terminate and issued payments immediately. ”
Retail Supervisor - Washington, DC
Hidradenitis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
“A supervisor at Wal-Mart stores became disabled when she developed hidradenitis and carpal tunnel syndrome. As a result, she was unable to work. Liberty Mutual, denied the claim for the outset, stating that her conditions fell under a pre-existing condition provision in her policy.
Not sure what she should do, she reached out to Fields Disability. Her attorney researched the effective date of the policy to determine if the pre-existing condition clause was valid. Additionally, he closely analyzed the medical records and determined that, even if the pre-existing clause was valid, the woman’s carpal tunnel did not meet the definition. On appeal, the insurance company reversed their decision and paid all past-due benefits. The woman was so impressed with her attorney at Fields Disability that she hired him to attempt to settle the claim on a full-final and complete basis.”
Sales Manager - Washington, DC
Bipolar, Depression Anxiety
“A young up-and-coming executive ceased working due to severe anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. His symptoms resulted in an inability to keep up with the extremely demanding mental demands of his job. Prudential reviewed his claim for approximately five months before denying benefits, claiming that he wasn’t continuously disabled during the elimination period in the policy. The man was confused because he had been consistently treating with a therapist and psychiatrist who adamantly stated he should remain out of work.
The man hired Fields Disability to fight Prudential’s wrongful denial. Our attorneys first ordered updated medical records from the man’s therapist and psychiatrist. Then, we requested written comments from the man’s treating providers regarding his conditions.
Our attorneys used that information to secure a favorable vocational report that concluded the man was unable to work at his former job. After Fields Disability submitted the appeal, Prudential reinstated benefits well before the end of the 45 day review period. The man received a substantial backpay check and was able to begin training for a low-stress future career.”