All that you need to know about your ERISA disability claims

The ability to be financially independent and earn and support one’s dependents is crucial for every individual. Unfortunately, life is full of unforeseen circumstances and life can go through a paradigm shift just in a moment. It could be an accident or an injury that can take away your ability to be independent. The ERISA social security laws have been designed to cater to your financial needs when you are not able to fulfill your professional and personal duties due to such disabilities. Unfortunately, despite signing up for these insurance policies, most people are still not well versed with how these policies work. As a result, they end up facing disappointment when their claims are denied in time of need, making them feel hopeless and helpless.

ERISA social security laws are designed to facilitate individuals during their disability, but each insurance plan works differently, and the chances of acceptance vary from case to case. A little knowledge about how precisely these plans work will improve your chances to get your claim getting through exponentially.

Here are a few key points that you need to know about disability insurance laws to be able to prepare your application in a better way. That being said, it is highly recommended that you hire an experienced ERISA disability lawyer to prepare your claim application instead of filing your claim yourself. That is because specialized disability attorneys have studied all requirements for all kinds of disability insurance and file these claims on a daily basis. They understand all the elements and shortcomings that of an individual disability case and will help you prepare and present a strong application with minimal rejection chances, thus saving you time and money.

Understand How Your Policy Defines “Disability”

The trickiest and yet an essential element of a disability insurance claim is how it defines disability. This is the very first step where most applications are denied. It is important that your claim for disability falls in the category of what your policy recognizes as a disability. There are generally to types of disability classifications that you need to understand. Your policy might consider you to be unable to perform duties of any occupation or you are unable to perform your duties for your occupation how your LTD benefits are rewarded depending on which of the two categories you fall in.

Taxation of Your LTD Benefits

Your LTD benefits may or may not be subject to taxation depending on the type of policy that you have signed up for. Generally, if your insurance was paid for by your employer, it is usually a pre-tax policy, which means the taxable amount will be deducted from your LTD benefits. However, if you purchased an individual plan, your policy may already be accounted for tax, which means no further taxes will be deducted from your benefits.

Medical Records

One of the most crucial documents in your LTD application is your doctor’s opinion and your medical record. A common myth is that just a letter from your doctor claiming your disability is enough, which is wrong. You need to submit all relevant medical documents and reports that prove your medical condition, along with a few forms that should be filled and duly signed by your doctor. Make sure all your forms are complete before you submit them.

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