Success With Disability Claims for Teachers




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:

Teachers are often selfless, dedicated individuals who work long hours and face challenging situations day in and day out for the good of our children and society’s future.
This is more obvious than ever after teachers adapted so many times to changing conditions before, during, and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Physical and mental disabilities can often prevent a teacher from performing all their necessary job duties, and the children might even be at risk if an unfit teacher continues to work when they should not.

Success with Long-Term Disability Claims for Teachers

Bartolic Law has helped many Teachers with long-term disability benefit claims. We have helped Teachers with the benefits under their group long-term disability insurance policies, as well as under the Teachers Retirement System Disability Pension. In a recent case, our client was a Chicago Public Schools Teacher who stopped working after an injury resulting in a concussion and post-concussive syndrome, which aggravated the client’s long-standing Multiple Sclerosis and spinal disorders.

The insurer initially denied the claim, and we were able to persuade the insurer the client was disabled from the client’s occupation as a Teacher due to the significant standing and walking required. The insurer then terminated benefits at the transition to “any occupation” disability, contending our client could perform sedentary work. It relied on medical consultants who opined there was no evidence of any neurological deficits to support any restrictions from Multiple Sclerosis, no impact on Activities of Daily Living, and no evidence of medication side effects. We both had the client examined by an Independent Medical Examiner of our own and ran text recognition on the insurer’s entire file, so we could document the precise pages of the insurer’s file that documented the evidence its own medical consultants disclaimed existing, like where the file mentioned difficulty with Activities of Daily Living, balance problems, and drowsiness/sedation from medications. After we showed the insurer its doctors had no basis to support their opinions, the insurer reinstated benefits. As a result, our client is able to live in medical retirement with dignity and financial security.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and other public Teachers generally do not have access to Social Security Disability benefits, making the success of their long-term disability insurance claims even more important, as the insurance policy may be the only source of income available if you are disabled.

Teachers’ occupations are generally classified as Light physical exertion level. This means you must be able to stand and walk to a significant degree. Many back and spine disorders, and pain conditions, can qualify you for benefits if you cannot be on your feet most of the day.


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 Knowledgable Chicago Disability Claims Attorney

So what can you do if your career as a teacher is disrupted by a disability? You should file a disability claim as soon as you can to hopefully start receiving benefits as soon as you can. The claims process can be challenging, and you are dealing with a disability and major changes in your life. This is why you should always have a disability insurance claims lawyer handle the process for you.

Bartolic Law helps hardworking teachers seek the benefits they need if their careers are impacted by a disability. We know how to fight for your rights against insurance companies, and we will do everything we can to help. We have helped many Chicago Public School teachers in their claims. Contact‌ ‌us‌ for a free case evaluation and to schedule your consultation online.

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