It’s always gratifying when our clients receive the justice they deserve, like Lori. She’s a dental hygienist, who worked with our law firm and a new medical provider to win the benefits she deserved. Lori’s story starts like so many disability claims – with a denial.
On a daily basis, Lori frequently stands, sits, lifts, stretches, grasps and handles dental equipment, and works overhead while performing her occupational duties. However, after suffering multiple injuries from two car accidents, Lori was unable to perform her hygienist duties.
Initially, Lori’s Short-Term Disability claim was honored by Mutual of Omaha. But, one week before starting her Long-Term Disability, Lori’s benefits were cut off. It was at this critical juncture when Lori phoned our office. We took her case and immediately appealed the termination of her Short-Term Disability Benefits and filed for Long-Term Disability.
While several of Lori’s physicians substantiated that she was unable to perform her occupational duties, none worked closely with Lori to respond to the insurance company’s medical report stating she could still work though in a ‘lighter’ capacity.
Fortune smiled on Lori when her new healthcare provider, Debora Donahue, APRN-BC, agreed to take a phone call from me. Together, we reviewed Lori’s medical condition, treatment and demands of her job.
Armed with a letter from Lori’s new medical provider rebutting the insurance company’s medical report and additional legal research, Lori won her disability benefits on appeal. Two months after this victory, we also secured Lori’s Social Security Disability benefits.
Both victories were made possible by a medical provider who challenged a national insurance company’s medical expert and stood up for her patient. Case Closed.
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