Bartolic Law helps Executive Assistants secure their long-term disability insurance rights, whether through guidance in making the claim, appealing an insurer’s denial, or even litigating the denial. In one case, the client contacted us after having a claim denied based on the client’s Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, causing pain in the client’s extremities. The insurer’s medical director contended the client had no time for concurrent testing to substantiate the symptoms. We demonstrated the client had multiple sets of imaging and manual muscle testing pre-dating the medical director’s review, deflating the medical director’s opinion’s reliability. We also used a functional capacity evaluation to objectively demonstrate the extent to which the client’s pain caused limitations. In the end, we recovered for the client.
Many people start as administrative assistants, and when their high-quality work is noticed and appreciated by executives, they might get promoted to the position of executive assistant. While this can be a lucrative position, it can also be a demanding one. Executives often make many immediate and complicated demands of their assistants, and a good executive assistant will know how to handle each situation that arises with efficiency. Because of the demands of this job, many physical and mental disabilities can hinder your ability to continue in this type of stressful role.
You might suffer a disabling condition and realize that you are no longer able to work, leading to great concern over how you will pay your bills. Not only are you dealing with a disability and disruption in your life, but you also have to deal with your disability insurance company. You might expect the process to go smoothly, but, in reality, many people struggle to get a positive outcome and start receiving benefits. It is best to let a Chicago disability lawyer assist with the claim or appeal process.
Ferrin v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 336 F. Supp. 3d 910 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2018) (holding insurance policy’s grant of discretionary authority is void under Texas law due to certificate being issued after effective date of regulation, and policy renewing after effective date, and holding Plaintiff was disabled from Any Reasonable Occupation where treating doctors certify she can sit at the occasional level, and insurer’s consultants opine Plaintiff can sit frequently, as weighing all evidence together would make capacity likely at low end of frequent range at best).
Sadowski v. Tuckpointers Local 52 Health & Welfare Trust, 281 F. Supp. 3d 710 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2017) (holding plan was arbitrary and capricious in denying medical benefits for removal of spinal cord stimulator following a fall down the stairs and infection where plan argued the expenses were caused by the same injury as the car accident necessitating implantation of the stimulator years earlier)
Tassone v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 264 F. Supp. 3d 867 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2017) (awarding client long term disability benefits denied by United of Omaha despite insurer’s doctor opining there was no objective evidence of functional impairment)
Suson v. PNC Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 15-CV-10817, 2017 WL 3234809 (N.D. Ill. July 31, 2017) (holding Liberty Mutual’s denial of client’s long term disability benefits was arbitrary and capricious where Liberty Mutual disregarded client’s carpal tunnel syndrome and relied on a vocational opinion to which client never had an opportunity to address before litigation)
Executive assistants have a unique blend of physical demands to their jobs. Depending on the role, it could involve significant computer work, or it could involve significant standing and walking. Executive assistants often suffer from upper extremity limitations caused by conditions like arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cervical Radiculopathy, or CRPS. Bartolic Law helps executive assistance and many other professionals with the disability claims process if they cannot work anymore. Insurance companies will always try to deny claims, and you want someone to fight for you and your rightful benefits. Contact us for a free case evaluation and more information right away.