We cannot predict the future. You could be driving to work one morning and be struck by an uninsured driver, suffering severe spinal injuries in the process. You may be unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer. There are an endless combination of illnesses and injuries that would leave an individual no longer be able to work; so what can you do to protect yourself?
The Social Security Administration has a federal disability program that you have likely paid into over the years, but your condition must last, or be expected to last, a period of 12 months or longer. Employer-funded disability insurance policies (as well as those paid by the employee as part of a group plan benefit with the employer) may provide short term disability benefits and long term disability benefits. If you suffer from an illness or injury that prevents you from working, you may be eligible to receive such benefits.
Dallas Long Term Disability, ERISA, and Disability Insurance Claims
Our job is to recover the benefits you deserve from the insurance company. We’re familiar with the tricks and tactics that the insurance company will use to delay and/or deny your claim, and we are ready to fight for your disability benefits. We do not charge an attorney fee or costs unless we win your case, so there is no risk in hiring a lawyer to represent you.
We assist claimants in the administrative appeal process in hopes of getting the claim approved or reinstated, and, if necessary, we will file a lawsuit against the insurance company on your behalf. Although we do not typically handle short term disability claims, we may be able to help if you also have a long term disability policy that will be impacted. In the event that the insurance company offers you a lump sum to buy out your claim, we can help you evaluate the fairness of the offer and possibly negotiate with the insurance company for a larger amount.
Ortiz Law Firm Represents Dallas Long Term Disability Claimants
Most of the claimants who contact our question ask us the same question, and that is, “Can I hire you if I’m not in your local area?” The answer is yes! Mr. Ortiz is actually licensed to practice law in the great state of Texas!
Nick Ortiz and the experienced legal team at Ortiz Law Firm can represent individuals in Texas. In fact, we can represent claimants pretty much anywhere in the United States – in fact, anywhere in the world – and we’ll explain to you why.
You see, most long term disability plans are governed by ERISA. The administrative appeal process is handled with the insurance company, and we simply have to provide the appeal letter and supporting documentation to the insurance company via fax, email, and/or mail. In terms of communicating with you, we use an electronic signature service for a lot of the correspondence, and then we e-mail and fax and communicate by phone, so everything can be done by mail, fax, and e-mail.
If it is necessary to file a lawsuit, most of the work is paper-driven, involves a lot of brief writing, and a lot of correspondence by mail. There are very few court appearances required, and as a result, we can handle a federal court case anywhere in the country. Nick Ortiz can either file a lawsuit in your local federal court, or he can file a lawsuit here in the state of Florida. We evaluate each case on a case-by-case basis.
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Dallas Social Security Disability Claims
The Ortiz Law Firm represents Social Security Disability claimants in Dallas. Beginning this fall, Social Security will offer the opportunity for an online video hearing using the Microsoft Teams platform, making it easier than ever before to represent claimants nationwide. We represent claimants at the following stages:
- Initial Application
- Request for Reconsideration (if applicable)
- Hearing Before an Administrative Law Judge
We do not handle claims at the Appeals Council of Federal Court levels, but we may be able to put you in contact with an attorney who does. If you need help getting the Social Security Disability benefits that you deserve, contact our office for a free consultation.
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Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Dallas Disability Lawyer
Do not let the location of our office discourage you from contacting us to discuss your disability claim. We have years of experience working with clients all over the country and we are ready to put that experience to work fighting for the benefits you deserve. We have recovered millions in benefits. If you suffer from an illness or injury that prevents you from working, contact our office at (888) 321-8131 to schedule a free consultation.