Success With Disability Claims for Surgeons




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:

Surgeons perform various procedures across all areas of the body. They rely on mental clarity to safely and successfully do their job.
Since a surgeon is responsible for someone’s life, they must be physically and mentally sound in order to continue working, which may be impossible in the case of a disability.
If a disability puts you out of work, whether temporarily or permanently, seek disability benefits with the help of an attorney to support you during this time.

Success With Disability Claims for Surgeons

Bartolic Law has helped many doctors get long-term disability claims paid, under Individual Disability Insurance policies, and group long-term disability insurance coverage offered by the employer. In many cases, we advise clients with both, as doctors frequently have both group and Individual Disability Insurance. We have represented all kinds of physicians, including Cardiologists, Anesthesiologists, Gastroenterologists, and more. In one client’s case, we advised the client regarding the disability benefits under the Individual Disability Insurance policy and group long-term disability policy, and helped structure a plan of return to employment in a different role that protected the client from losing rights under any policy and maximized total income. While changing employers is not usually a concern under the Individual Disability Insurance policies, it can trigger a loss of coverage under a group long-term disability policy if your disability earnings exceed a certain threshold. By changing employers, the client would be subject to a pre-existing condition exclusion under a new group long-term disability insurance, so maintaining coverage under the existing group policy was essential until the client gained coverage under any new employer’s group policy. 

As a surgeon, you rely on your brain, focus, hand dexterity, and coordination every time you enter an operating room. Once you experience a disability that impacts your mental or physical faculties, you might have to take a long break from surgery or step away from your career completely. When something like this happens, it can be devastating – both emotionally and financially. Not only does a disability threaten the career you worked so hard for, but how will you support yourself and your family if you lose your surgeon’s income?

Fortunately, the disability coverage you have should provide benefits that help to replace the wages you lost. Do not expect the insurance company to make it easy, though, as it is a business and profits are its priority. This often means that insurers deny valid claims or cause other headaches before you start to receive benefits. Protect yourself by consulting with a Chicago disability benefits lawyer as soon as you suspect you will need to stop working. The sooner you get professional legal help, the sooner you are likely to start receiving financial support from your disability insurer.


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!

Speak with a Chicago Disability Claims Attorney

As a surgeon, you face tough decisions every day, though one decision is simple – reach out to Bartolic Law‌ if you need to file a disability claim. We regularly represent professionals like you, so please contact‌ ‌us‌ for a claim evaluation as soon as you can.

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