In Texas, 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. There is one question that we get all the time, and that is, “Can I hire you if I’m not in your local area?”
The answer is yes! Nick Ortiz is admitted as a licensed attorney to the Texas Bar! Mr. Ortiz and the experienced legal team at Ortiz Law Firm can represent individuals anywhere in Texas – in fact, anywhere in the United States and anywhere internationally, and we’ll explain to you why.
Ortiz Law Firm is based primarily in Pensacola, Florida, but because most group plans are governed by ERISA, Nick Ortiz can handle a case anywhere in the United States. In fact, he has represented claimants from most states in the U.S.
The reason why Nick Ortiz can represent people anywhere in the country is that most long term disability cases (not all, but most) are governed by a federal regulation called ERISA. Under ERISA, you do not have the right to a jury trial, and in most cases, you do not have the right to engage in extensive discovery. At the end of the day, that means most of the case is paper-driven, involving 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 Texas
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.
In the past few years, he has represented individuals from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and even claimants around the world (prior clients have lived in Morocco and the Philippines, for example). We evaluate each case on a case-by-case basis. Nick Ortiz can either file a lawsuit in your local federal court or he can file a lawsuit here in the state of Florida. Again, what we do is we evaluate each case on a case-by-case basis.
The long and short of it is you should not allow our geographic location to limit your contacting us to see what we can do to help you. If your LTD claim wrongfully denied, delayed or terminated and you’d like to speak to an experienced Long-Term Disability Insurance Attorney contact us at (888) 321-8131 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.