You do not have to be permanently disabled to receive long term disability benefits. It is common for people to receive benefits until the policy expiration date or retirement; it is not a requirement that you be permanently out of work. Some people even have their medical condition improve enough where they can return to work.
When you are suffering from an illness or injury, you are required to use the rest of your short term disability benefits before applying for long term disability. Just like when you are unexpectedly involved in an accident or diagnosed with a severe illness, your recovery period can also be surprisingly long. Although you may want to return to work, you may not be able to quickly.
Here is an example: You are diagnosed with Hepatitis C and begin treatment, which the doctor says will only keep you out of work for up to 12 weeks. After your first treatment, you experience liver failure due to an unexpected complication and have to wait for a transplant. Or you are involved in an accident that requires extensive physical therapy.
Can You Still Receive Long Term Disability Benefits If You Go Back to Work?
The answer is yes and no. If you return to work, even on a part-time basis, you will probably no longer qualify for LTD benefits. You must review your long term disability insurance policy to determine whether part-time work or work in another capacity still qualifies you for benefits.
However, you could still receive benefits from the time that you were disabled and unable to work. If you lose your benefits and then discover that it’s too hard to continue to work, you will have to refile, which leaves you without monthly income.
Total Disability v. Permanent Disability
Although permanent disability is not required to receive benefits, total disability is. Total disability is when you will no longer be able to do any substantial work or return to the workforce.
Legal Representation in Long Term Disability Insurance Claims
Although based in Florida, the Ortiz Law Firm represents claimants across the United States. If your LTD claim has been wrongfully denied, delayed or terminated and you’d like to speak to an experienced Pensacola Long Term Disability Insurance Attorneys contact us at (866) 853-4512 to schedule a consultation. We can help you evaluate your claim to determine if you will be able to access Long Term Disability Benefits and how to move forward with the process.