After years of paying into the Social Security Administrations disability program and paying the monthly premiums for disability insurance coverage, you probably expect that the benefits you are expecting to receive will be paid. Unfortunately, claimants often receive a notice of claim denial instead of a check for benefits. At Ortiz Law Firm, we understand what is needed to get a disability claim approved. Our primary practice areas are long term disability, ERISA, and disability insurance, and Social Security Disability claims. We will fight for the benefits that you deserve.
Ortiz Law Firm Handles Long Term Disability Claims in Norfolk, Virginia
They may have millions of dollars in resources to fight your claim, but we will go up against any of disability insurance carrier. The current status of your claim determines what we can do to help:
- If your claim was denied or terminated, we will represent you in the administrative appeals process.
- If you have exhausted all of your appeals, we will file a lawsuit against the insurance carrier.
- If you receive a lump sum buyout or settlement offer from the insurer, we will help you evaluate the fairness of the offer and will try to negotiate a higher amount.
We Represent Long Term Disability Claimants Nationwide
At Ortiz Law Firm, we focus our efforts primarily on denied long term disability claims. The stories we hear from the policyholders that contact our firm are often very similar: they cannot believe that after paying the insurer for months, sometimes even years, that they are being denied benefits. Unfortunately, we have seen that even claimants that truly deserve benefits will face a denial at some point in the claim process. At the end of the day, the insurance company is still a business, and it is in their best interest to deny claims.
We are located in Pensacola, but we represent claimants in Norfolk and nationwide. If it becomes necessary to take legal action, most long term disability (LTD) cases, are regulated by a federal law called ERISA. Under ERISA, you do not have the right to a trial by jury, and in most cases, extensive investigation is not allowed. This means that most of the case is conducted through paperwork, including writing briefs and exchanging letters by mail. There are very few instances where appearing in court is required.
Each case is still evaluated individually. Nick Ortiz can either be allowed to represent you in your local federal court through a pro hac vice admission, or he can file a lawsuit in the state of Florida. If we are unable to assist you, we will try to refer you to another attorney who can help.
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Norfolk Social Security Disability Lawyers
Since Social Security is a federal program, you have always had the ability to hire a Social Security Disability attorney anywhere in the country; however, the travel requirements made this impractical for many representatives. The Social Security Administration is now conducting hearings using the Microsoft Teams platform, so a Social Security Disability attorney anywhere in the United States can handle a Norfolk Social Security Disability claim with ease.
Nick Ortiz is a Social Security Disability lawyer who will fight to prove that you deserve benefits. Although our office is based in Pensacola, Florida, we do represent Social Security Disability claimants at the following stages of the process:
- the Initial Application for Social Security Disability benefits,
- the Request for Reconsideration of a denied claim for Social Security Disability benefits or SSI, and
- the Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (or multiple hearings, if necessary).
How Does Social Security Disability Lawyer Get Paid?
Many Social Security Disability lawyers in Norfolk, VA, and across the country use a contingency fee agreement, with the contingency being that claimants only pay an attorney’s fee if their Social Security Disability claims are approved. If the claim is approved, the attorney’s fee is typically 25% of any past-due Social Security Disability benefits, up to a maximum of $6,000.00.
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Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Norfolk Disability Attorney
Schedule a free case evaluation and find out more about how our disability attorneys are serving disability claimants in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and throughout the state of New Jersey. We offer a free case evaluation for LTD claimants whose claims for disability benefits have been wrongfully denied or terminated, and for Norfolk Social Security Disability claimants who are at the initial, reconsideration, or hearing stage of the process.
You won’t pay any fees unless your claim is successful and you receive disability benefits. We offer a No Recovery, Zero Fee Guarantee – meaning our disability attorneys only get paid if you get paid! You only have a limited time to appeal a disability benefits denial, so call us today at (888) 321-8131 to schedule your free case evaluation.