A long-term disability (LTD) insurance policy can be a crucial way to protect yourself financially in the event that you are unable to work due to a disability. These types of policies provide a monthly benefit — typically between 50 to 60% of your salary — while you cannot work because of a physical or […]Continue Reading
Long Term Disability
Disability Benefits for the Self-Employed
There are many benefits to being self-employed, such as the ability to set your own schedule, being your own boss, and the potential to reap financial rewards for your hard work and innovation. However, working for yourself can also be risky. In many cases, the entire business model rests on your shoulders — which may […]Continue Reading
Lincoln Financial Long-Term Disability Claims
Long-term disability (LTD) insurance is a particular type of policy, offering benefits in the event that you are unable to work for an extended period of time due to a disability. It can offer a financial safety net during a stressful period of time. Yet when a major insurance company, such as Lincoln Financial, unfairly […]Continue Reading
What Role Does a Vocational Expert Play in Disability Benefits?
If you are in the process of applying for disability benefits, you may be a bit confused by the entire system. Like most federal government agencies, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has an overwhelming number of rules, regulations — and acronyms. Understanding more about the system can help you as you go from initial application […]Continue Reading
ERISA Claims and Appeals Process & Procedures
If your employer offers long-term disability benefits, it will typically be covered by a federal law known as ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). ERISA sets minimum standards for benefit plans in the private sector, offering a number of protections for individuals enrolled in these plans. In addition to grievance procedures and appeals processes, ERISA […]Continue Reading
Unum Disability Claim Denials
Disability insurance can be incredibly important. This type of policy, offered in both short-term and long-term versions, provides benefits in the event that you are unable to work due to an illness or injury. Having disability insurance can remove the burden of financial stress at a time when you should be focusing on your health. […]Continue Reading
How Long Do Long-Term Disability Benefits Last?
While many of us would like to believe that we are infallible, the reality is that we are all human. No matter how healthy you may be, there is no guarantee that you will remain that way. In fact, approximately 25% of 20 year olds can expect to be out of work for at least […]Continue Reading
Do Long-Term Disability Benefits Have to Be Paid Back If I Start Receiving Social Security?
If you become disabled due to an illness or injury, you may look to two different forms of benefits to support you financially while you are unable to work: long-term disability (LTD) insurance and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Each type of benefit has an important role to play for people with disabilities. Together, they […]Continue Reading
What Medical Conditions Qualify for Long-Term Disability?
Long-term disability (LTD) insurance coverage is typically offered by your employer as part of a compensation package, although you can also purchase a plan directly from an insurance broker. LTD insurance protects you in the event of total or partial disability based on a qualifying condition through your policy. In short, if you are unable […]Continue Reading
What Is the Difference and Choosing Between Long-Term Disability and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?
Finding yourself partially or totally disabled has devastating effects on your body and mind. Fortunately, there are resources and benefits for people who are unable to work due to an injury or medical condition. The most commonly used benefits are long-term disability insurance and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI). Both programs have their benefits and […]Continue Reading
Can I Be Fired While on Disability Leave?
If you take leave from your job due to a disability, the last thing that you want to worry about is whether your job will be waiting for you when you return. Yet far too often, individuals who are out on disability leave find themselves in a precarious position when it comes to their employment. […]Continue Reading
New Jersey, Pennsylvania, & National Disability Statistics
Health is something that many of us take for granted. Yet for individuals with disabilities, having a medical or mental health problem can affect daily life in dramatic ways. As our health status can change in an instant, understanding more about disability is vital to our overall safety and well-being. Disability Across the United States […]Continue Reading
Insurance Companies Using Surveillance to Deny Disability Claims: Is It Legal?
Many of us view our insurance policies as something that is always there to protect us, and our insurers as an extension of that protection. Yet in reality, insurance companies are a business. Their job is to make a profit — not to give away money. Insurance companies that offer long-term disability insurance are no […]Continue Reading
ERISA Subrogation and Reimbursement
Being approved for disability benefits can be a challenging process, whether you are seeking long-term disability (LTD) benefits through work or Social Security disability benefits. For many people, seeking LTD benefits first makes sense, particularly because qualifying for Social Security can be a lengthy process. One of the concerns that may arise with seeking both […]Continue Reading
Aetna Disability Claim Denials
Buying long-term disability insurance is a way of hedging your bets — of making payments every month to ensure that even if you get sick, have an accident or otherwise become disabled, you’ll be covered. Yet far too often, major insurance companies like Aetna deny legitimate claims for benefits all so they can turn a […]Continue Reading