Many employers offer benefit plans for those who work for them. As you dedicate your time and talents to your workplace, you probably hope to gain something in return. Disability benefits may be a consideration in considering an offer of employment. However, if you become disabled and your disability benefits are denied or terminated, do you know where to turn?
If you run into a problem with your disability benefits, your benefits may fall under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA laws are incredibly complex – so much so that there are specific things you might want to consider when you request attorney assistance to handle your claim.
When you experience a denial or termination of disability benefits, you may not know who to turn to for help. However, certain attributes may help you feel more confident when making your choice. These include:
Experience – How long has this attorney been handling ERISA claims? What extent does this lawyer handle ERISA disability claims? Although he or she cannot discuss the specifics of cases they have previously handled, you may ask about the results they have had.
Communication – You will want to be as informed as possible throughout your case. Perhaps you will consider how quickly the attorney or the attorney’s office gets back to you when you contact them with a question or concern. You might also think about how that office and attorney make you feel – is he or she truly listening to your concerns?
Dedication – Will the attorney you choose to work with stand by and fight to get you what you are entitled to, either in disability benefits being granted or an acceptable settlement being reached?
There is never a guarantee about the outcome of a case. However, you may be most comfortable working with an ERISA attorney you feel will communicate with you throughout the process, as well as an attorney you feel you can trust.
Under ERISA regulations, are required to administer claims in accordance with the procedures outlined under ERISA.