Ontario, CA (PRWEB) February 05, 2013
As disability insurance claims are on the rise and President Obama faces pressure to make budget cuts, the Social Security disability trust fund could fail to cover all benefits in early 2016. Disability insurance companies, facing similar budget concerns, are also taking a closer look at claims filed in the New Year.
“Anytime disability claims rise without explanation or budgets become tight, insurance companies and the Social Security Administration are going to take a closer look at claims being filed. In this case, both a rise in claims and a narrowing budget are concerns and companies are not ignoring that,” says Frank N. Darras, America’s top insurance lawyer.
The likely response to the rise in disability claims is more intense investigations by the insurance company to ensure that disability fraud is not being committed. It’s important for those truly disabled to know how to file a claim correctly to avoid being accused of disability fraud.
“There are a lot of cases where disability fraud occurs. People lie and that is wrong. The worst part is those cases make insurance companies look at every claim with a discerning eye. If a claim is not filed correctly, it’s possible that a person truly deserving of their disability insurance benefit could be wrongfully accused,” says Darras.
Those seeking to file a claim should keep records of all doctor visits, pharmacy receipts, testing and medical paperwork. They should also share with their treating physician the job description and demands expected and why their restrictions and limitations medically prevent them from safely working. Deadlines should always be timely met, as turning in paperwork late is a common cause for claims denial.
“Make sure you are in regular communication with the claims examiner working on your case and maintain a good relationship with them. Listen carefully to their instructions and call if you have questions rather than making a mistake that could cost you your benefits,” says Darras.
Even after following instructions, it’s also possible that the insurance company wrongfully denies a policyholder’s claim. This is an unfortunate situation and one that may become more common as claims rise and companies struggle to make ends meet.
“While the denial could be a mistake on the part of the individual filing the claim, wrongful denials do happen. At DarrasLaw, we deal with disability delays and denials on a daily basis and are constantly holding big insurance companies accountable to their policyholders. If you believe you are being delayed or wrongfully denied, make sure to contact a top disability lawyer right away,” says Darras.
DarrasLaw's attorneys, including founder Frank N. Darras, have received numerous honors and awards from peers, validating the claim that we are America's top disability firm. Lawdragon has singled out Frank N. Darras for five years in a row as one of the Top 500 Lawyers in America. Since its inception, Super Lawyers has honored him by naming him to its list for his work with disability insurance policyholders. The American Association of Justice lists him as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in California. Best Lawyers in America has profiled DarrasLaw and the firm's accomplishments on behalf of the disadvantaged and disabled.
At DarrasLaw, our compassion goes hand-in-hand with our legal expertise. We take pride not only in the results we achieve, but the care our team provides along the way. We hire only the top disability attorneys and staff, including our in-house nurse, for their compassion as much as their expertise and knowledge. Hiring the cream of the crop has been critical to maintaining our position as America's top disability firm.
Our national reach plays a role too. People from all 50 states turn to us for help with individual disability insurance matters.
Nationwide, we review more than 2,500 claims a month. In any given year, we handle more cases than many firms handle in their lifetime. We have recovered more than $750 million in wrongfully denied insurance benefits.
Representing clients across America, DarrasLaw can help you in your state, anywhere in America.