When Doctors Become PatientsDecember 30, 2011 | Filing Disability Claims, Resources
A recent New York Times article by Eric D. Manheimer, medical director of Bellevue Hospital Center and author of the memoir “Twelve Patients”, gives a firsthand account of what it’s like for a physician to suddenly become a patient. This is often foreign territory for disabled physicians, especially those finding themselves having to seek regular treatment for a disability insurance claim.
For my doctors, it was all about the numbers, the staging of my cancer, my loss of weight and strength. For me, too, it was about the numbers: the six feedings I pushed through the syringe into the plastic tube in my stomach every day; the number of steps I could take by myself; how many hours I had to wait before I could grind up the pill that allowed me to slip into unconsciousness.
Being both a doctor and a patient is challenging enough without also trying to be your own lawyer. An experienced disability insurance lawyer can be invaluable in assisting you with the filing of your claim and helping you navigate any obstacles thrown your way by your disability insurance carrier.
Edward O. Comitz, Esq. heads the Health and Disability Insurance Practice Section at Comitz | Beethe, 6720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Suite 150, Scottsdale, Arizona 85253, (480) 998-7800. Mr. Comitz has extensive experience in disability insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, primarily representing medical and dental professionals in reversing denials of their disability claims. For more information about disability insurance issues, please visit our disability insurance attorney website at http://www.disabilitycounsel.net.