Category Archives: Filing Disability Claims

Disabled Physicians May Not Provide Self-Treatment

Many disabled physicians making a claim for disability benefits have asked our disability insurance attorneys whether they can treat themselves rather than spend additional time and money on another physician.  The answer is no. Most disability insurance policies contain provisions … Continue reading

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Disability Insurance Doctors Must Exercise Reasonable Care

In Arizona, although a formal doctor-patient relationship does not exist between an Independent Medical Examination (IME) doctor and a disability claimant, the IME doctor may still be liable if he fails to exercise reasonable care while administering the IME.  Ritchie v. … Continue reading

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Physician’s Guide to Choosing a Disability Insurance Policy

For doctors, disability insurance can be an essential step for protecting income in case they no longer practice. However, the insurance industry has made policies so confusing that it can be difficult to choose the right disability policy with the … Continue reading

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When Doctors Become Patients

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 … Continue reading

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Don’t Toss the Policy: Important Documents for a Disability Insurance Claim

If you are a physician, dentist, or other professional considering filing a claim on your disability insurance, there are some important documents you should collect and keep organized in order to properly understand and document your claim, including: Your disability insurance policy The … Continue reading

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Once ERISA, Always ERISA: How and why to avoid having your disability insurance policy controlled by The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

Disability insurance carriers have increasingly used The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to their advantage.  While ERISA was supposed to be for the protection of employees, it is actually being used to protect insurance companies and employers. … Continue reading

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Disability Insurance and the Specialized Anesthesiologist: Understanding and Protecting Your Investment

By Edward O. Comitz, Esq. and Patrick T. Stanley; Published in Anesthesiology News As the practice of medicine has evolved and become increasingly more complex and specialized, many physicians no longer describe themselves as simply doctors or surgeons, or even … Continue reading

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Arizona Disability Insurance Bad Faith and Delegation of Administrative Duties

Under the law in Arizona, the relationship between insurer and insured is a special relationship, giving rise to duties not usually found in other contractual agreements. Rawlings v. Apodaca, 151 Ariz. 149, 163, 726 P.2d 565, 579 (1986); Dodge v. Fidelity … Continue reading

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DISABILITY INSURANCE AND THE PHYSICIAN: CAN YOU COLLECT ON YOUR POLICY?

You have worked as a physician for your entire career.  Your spouse and children rely on you, and you have numerous financial obligations both at home and at the office.  The stress and trauma of a disability can cause you … Continue reading

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Which Type of Disability Insurance Policy Do You Own?

Disability insurance policies come in several types. The type of policy you purchase affects your legal rights and the benefits you may receive. Here is an overview of the basic types of disability insurance policies. Individual Disability Insurance: As the … Continue reading

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