Success With Disability Claims for Pilots



Bartolic Law handles Long Term Disability cases at all stages, from filing a claim to lawsuits under ERISA § 502(a). We are who the most discerning clients hire when an insurer denies their claim, and the one they wish they had when another firm loses their appeal and abandons the case. We are Innovative, Authentic, Compassionate, Transparent and Chicago strong. Bartolic Law is nationally renowned for our Innovative work:

Being a pilot can be a highly strenuous and demanding job. They need sharp depth perception and enough concentration to handle a console filled with hundreds of buttons for at least 13 consecutive hours a day.
It can be particularly devastating if an illness befalls a pilot and prevents them from performing their rigorous duties. They may wind up temporarily or permanently out of commission.
Regardless, you may wonder what the best possible avenues to move forward are. Find out why pilot disability insurance is your best bet and why you should work with a disability insurance attorney.

Success With Disability Claims for Pilots

The FAA requires that all pilots must pass a medical certification to be allowed to fly; if a disability or any other factor deters them from meeting those requirements, then the pilot may be suspended from flying. During this time, they may miss out on the chance to earn a steady income and make ends meet, which is where the need for pilot disability insurance comes in. Although their work may have stopped, bills, taxes, rent, and mortgages aren’t going to stop.

If you’re a pilot who was temporarily disabled from flying, then you could be eligible to receive monthly disability benefits for up to 60 months or five years. Ideally, these monthly benefits will be equivalent to at least 60% of your pre-tax income or what would have been your take-home pay. This type of coverage is available for professionals who work as commercial, cargo, agricultural, and even test pilots, among other industries. You don’t necessarily need to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible for such plans, though you may need to wait through an elimination period before starting the benefit period.

Unfortunately, pilot disability insurance is sometimes also called “loss of license insurance” for a reason. If the illness or injury you suffered was severe enough, you might no longer be able to continue flying. Instead of monthly benefits, you would receive a six-figure lump sum, ideally, enough to sustain yourself for a few years.

Usually, this lump sum payment, sometimes called a “career-ending benefit,” can compensate you for up to 10 times your annual income. The idea is that it should leave you comfortable for the next few years.


If you’re struggling to get the benefits you need to get by, then we’ll fight to obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact us today to learn more!

Count On a Chicago Disability Lawyer at Bartolic Law

If you or a loved one was a Chicago pilot that’s unfortunately been placed out of work, we can help. You deserve better than being disregarded at one of the most vulnerable points in your life. Any workplace that offers benefits is required to comply with ERISA, or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. If they fail to completely meet your needs adequately, then it will be in your best interest to fight that neglect on the legal front. We’ve handled many ERISA and non-ERISA cases, and we’ll be ready to handle yours.

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