Lincoln terminated our client’s long-term disability benefits upon a change in definition to the “any occupation” definition of disability, concluding our client could perform sedentary occupations, or jobs where you sit most of the time. The client suffered from chronic lower back pain and deformed vertebrae, and needed a cane to walk. So according to Lincoln Financial, the client could still work if he just sat. Our client’s doctors explained the client could not sit long enough to work in a sedentary occupation, but Lincoln terminated the benefits anyway. In the termination, Lincoln asked the client to submit any evidence that corroborates the treating doctor’s opinion that the client cannot sit enough to work full-time. We obtained a functional capacity evaluation which proved exactly what our client’s doctor told Lincoln, showing the client could not sit more than 10 minutes at a time. Result: payment to client.
In a case we litigated, after another firm abandoned the client following Lincoln’s refusal to pay, the client suffered from Migraine Associated Vertigo and could not tolerate looking at a computer screen for any meaningful duration of time. Despite a challenge others would not take, we recovered for the client.
Wonderful experience, so glad I listened to reviews and went ahead with this firm to get my LTD benefits back (quickly too). Cannot sing their praises enough!
Truly showed me compassion throughout the whole process. I am very happy!! Answered all my questions as well! I would recommend anyone to Michael and Cheslynn!
I had called to get some assistance on a matter. Though, it wasn't anything too serious, Michael Bartolic treated me with respect and was kind enough to answer my question(s) and offered their assistance if the issue became urgent.…
Michael Bartolic and his firm represented me in my disability claim and I could not be more pleased with the experience! Michael is a dedicated, intelligent and kind attorney who truly cares about his clients. Michael fought a hard…
Michael Bartolic is a very knowledgeable ERISA. I just watched him handle an argument at the 7th Circuit on a case that we co-counseled and he did a very good job.