I have trouble talking to my doctor about my disability and I'm getting ready to file my long term disability claim. What can I do?

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Your treating physician, or any doctor who has treated you for the injury or illness that caused your disability, is critical to a successful ERISA long term disability claim.  The reports, office notes and evidence from your doctor will often make or break your claim.

It can be tough - we totally get that.  We represent a lot of people with serious injuries and disabilities and some of the doctors they deal with can be difficult.

And many times, doctors don't really get it - they have an attitude that it's just up to the insurance company to determine your disability benefits and they think the insurance company will take care of that and be fair.  And they're really busy.

So you have to prepare to educate your doctor - he or she needs to know how your disability policy defines disability and how your limitations from your injury or medical condition fit that definition, plus be able to specifically outline your limitations and restrictions. 

A lot of people are intimidated by physicians - or don't know what to ask or how to approach them.  But medical evidence is critical to your disability claim - especially your appeal if you've been denied.  Read more about our tips for talking to your doctor about your disability claim.

And if you've received a denial letter either denying or terminating your disability benefits, call us today.  We'll review it for you and give you our thoughts - its free and confidential.  But you only have 180 days to file an appeal, and that appeal is a big deal.  So don't wait - call us at (202) 393 - 3320 to see how we can help you and your family.

 

Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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