Bartolic Law helps Vice Presidents, and other upper management employees, secure their long-term disability benefits when they cannot keep up with the job demands any longer. In one case, our client was a Vice President of Design for an architecture and design firm. After years of congestive heart failure and several cardiac events and surgeries, the client’s cardiologist ordered the client to stop working, as the stress of the job increased the client’s risk of another cardiac event.
The insurer initially deemed the claim based on another illness, the treatment of which itself exacerbated the cardiac condition, but was not independently disabling. We worked the case up with detailed explanations of the cardiac history and progression, and explained the unreasonable risk of a future cardiac event. We used objective testing and video and image evidence to support the client’s case. In the end, we recovered for the client, equipping the client to put the stress behind, and live in medical retirement with financial security and dignity.
People often start at the bottom of the corporate ladder and work long days, giving their best efforts to get promoted. If you reached the level of vice president, it should be a proud moment in your career. However, everything can get turned upside-down if you get diagnosed with a disabling medical condition that keeps you from being able to perform your job.
If you have disability insurance through your employer or a policy you purchased, you should not wait to get the claim process started. Filing a successful claim can be a challenging process, so you should speak with a Chicago disability lawyer as soon as possible. If you already filed a claim and it has been delayed, or you received a denial, contact our team to discuss the best next steps.
Ferrin v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 336 F. Supp. 3d 910 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2018) (holding insurance policy’s grant of discretionary authority is void under Texas law due to certificate being issued after effective date of regulation, and policy renewing after effective date, and holding Plaintiff was disabled from Any Reasonable Occupation where treating doctors certify she can sit at the occasional level, and insurer’s consultants opine Plaintiff can sit frequently, as weighing all evidence together would make capacity likely at low end of frequent range at best).
Sadowski v. Tuckpointers Local 52 Health & Welfare Trust, 281 F. Supp. 3d 710 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2017) (holding plan was arbitrary and capricious in denying medical benefits for removal of spinal cord stimulator following a fall down the stairs and infection where plan argued the expenses were caused by the same injury as the car accident necessitating implantation of the stimulator years earlier)
Tassone v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 264 F. Supp. 3d 867 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2017) (awarding client long term disability benefits denied by United of Omaha despite insurer’s doctor opining there was no objective evidence of functional impairment)
Suson v. PNC Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 15-CV-10817, 2017 WL 3234809 (N.D. Ill. July 31, 2017) (holding Liberty Mutual’s denial of client’s long term disability benefits was arbitrary and capricious where Liberty Mutual disregarded client’s carpal tunnel syndrome and relied on a vocational opinion to which client never had an opportunity to address before litigation)
Vice Presidents and executives have unique roles in management. Though people typically think of these positions as desk jobs, they are anything but. They typically involve travel to clients or travel among offices to manage personnel in different locations. Vice President can mean something different at each employer, but the title generally indicates a certain seniority status, in either the number of individuals directly or indirectly reporting to the VP or in status as a producer.
Bartolic Law helps executives and other professionals file or appeal disability insurance claims, and we fight for the full benefits our clients deserve. If you lost your ability to work because of a disability, contact us to learn more about how a Chicago disability benefits attorney can help, and to schedule a consultation online.