Seeking Disability Benefits for Depression
Discover How an ERISA Attorney Can Help
Depression is more than just feeling sad once in a while. It invades all parts of your life and can affect your personal relationships, family and loved ones, and your ability to work and take part in activities you once enjoyed. According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), depression may occur on its own or in conjunction with other serious illnesses or disabilities, such as diabetes, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and heart disease. Depression can worsen these illnesses and vice versa. In the face of these challenges, you need all the help you can get.
If you have been diagnosed with depression and need to seek short or long-term disability benefits, you may run into problems along the way. Even if you are “on claim” and receiving benefits, you may be at risk of having your benefits terminated if the insurance company determines that you have recovered or are able to return to work. Fortunately, an ERISA lawyer can help.
At ERISA Law Center, we protect disability claimants’ rights under the Employee Retirement Security Income Act of 1974 (ERISA). When health care, medical, disability and life insurance benefits are provided through private sector employers, they typically fall under the jurisdiction of ERISA. This federal law sets forth specific requirements regarding benefits and offers claimants recourse if benefits are denied or terminated, or if an insurance provider acts in bad faith in handling claims. Our disability attorney fights for our clients’ rights under ERISA to seek the benefits they need.