Long Term Disability Lawyers

We Help You Obtain Justice When Your LTD Claim Is Wrongfully Denied

Chicago LTD Lawyers Fighting for What You’ve Earned

Disability can strike at any time and for any number of reasons. If and when it does, and you are fortunate to have group long term disability (LTD) insurance through your employer, you expect your LTD plan to deliver on its promise to protect your income when you need it the most. But too often, LTD plans don’t live up to their promises. That’s where we can help. If you’re looking for disability claim assessment, DeBofsky Law ERISA and long term disability lawyers can assist you.

Top Rated ERISA LTD Lawyers Advocating for Your Rightful Benefits

As the largest plaintiff-side employee benefits law firm in Chicago and the Midwest and one of the largest in the U.S., DeBofsky Law is well-versed in the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act which governs group long term disability plans like yours. We have taken insurers, employers, and ERISA plan administrators to court and obtained justice for our clients whose LTD benefits claims were wrongfully denied. Collectively, we have over 60 years of experience and nearly 100 appellate decisions to our name. Our work has helped to level the playing field for claimants like yourself who feel helpless against multi-million dollar insurance companies. You are not helpless. We are on your side.

Common Reasons for LTD Claim Denials

Long term disability policies tend to be long and complex and contain many exclusions and limitations that can trap unsuspecting policyholders. Denial letters often contain legalese, and it can be hard to discern what additional evidence is needed to perfect your claim. Common reasons an LTD claim may be denied or terminated include:

  • Alleged lack of coverage
  • Late notice of claim
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • Limited-duration benefits for mental illness
  • Limited-duration benefits for “subjective” illnesses
  • Change in the definition of disability (from “own occupation” to “any occupation”)
  • Lack of treatment
  • Lack of “objective” medical evidence
  • No “measured restrictions and limitations”
  • Lack of treating physician support
  • Activities of daily living that “contradict” disability
  • Video surveillance & social media activities
  • “Illegal Acts” exclusions

If your LTD claim has been denied for any of the forgoing reasons (or another reason not listed above), odds are we have seen and successfully overcome the argument before. Call DeBofsky Law us today at 312-561-4040 for a free consultation.

Know Your Rights

You are potentially eligible for many different kinds of disability compensation, including:

  • Retroactive (past-due) benefits
  • Future benefits
  • Interest paid on past-due benefits
  • Attorney’s fees

Work with attorneys who know how to get you everything you deserve.

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Occupations We Serve

Only one third of the U.S. workforce is fortunate to have long term disability coverage through an employer. Employers that offer such coverage tend to be large employers, unionized employers, and employers in the professional services, banking, technology, and other sectors that must compete for highly skilled employees.



At DeBofsky Law, we pride ourselves on representing clients across a wide range of occupations, including executives and business owners; professionals (including lawyers, doctors, accountants, bankers, and salespeople); skilled tradesmen, including plumbers, electricians, and carpenters; and machine operators, forklift operators, hand packagers, and laborers, just to name a few.

We recognize that each occupation is unique, and we work with our clients (and partner with vocational experts as necessary) to formulate a winning appeal and/or litigation strategy that takes into account all of the material duties of your occupation as well as the restrictions and limitations that prevent you from returning to your occupation or to other comparable occupations.

Causes of Disability

The leading cause of long-term disability is musculoskeletal disorders (29%), followed by cancer (15%), pregnancy (9.4%), mental health issues (9.1%), and injurie such as fractures, sprains, and strains of the muscles and ligaments (9%). However, there are countless other medical conditions that can qualify you for long-term disability benefits if they prevent you from performing your job.  These include:

  • Degenerative disc disease, herniated disc, foraminal stenosis, and other back and spine problems
  • Cancer and residual effects from cancer treatment
  • Cardiac diseases such Heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease, aneurysm, hypertension
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury and post-concussive syndrome
  • Neurologic conditions such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Auto-immune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, Addison’s disease, Graves disease, pemphigoid, and HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C, cirrhosis, and kidney disease
  • Degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, tarsal tunnel syndrome, and torn rotator cuff
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and other pulmonary disorders
  • Chronic migraine headaches
  • Diabetes mellitus and complications related to diabetes, including peripheral neuropathy and diabetic neuropathy
  • Vision disorders such as macular degeneration and nystagmus
  • Balance disorders and vertigo
  • Depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and other mental illnesses
  • Endometriosis and pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Gastrointestinal disorders, including Chron’s disease, gastroparesis, and pancreatitis
  • Genetic conditions, including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Other conditions not listed above

Don’t Wait Until Your Claim Is Denied to Hire a LTD Lawyer.

Long term disability claims are complex, and the insurance company is inherently conflicted. We can help you navigate the pitfalls of the LTD claim process so as to maximize your chances of getting approved in the first instance and avoid an extended interruption in your income.

Contact our lawyers today. We can help you:

  • Anticipate and address potential objections and obstacles
  • Build the strongest case you can from both a medical and vocational standpoint
  • Lay the groundwork for a successful appeal in case of denial

We’ll help you navigate the complications of disability benefits. We can work to get you your benefits without litigation. Talk to us about our hourly consulting rates.

Long Term Disability Lawyers (LTD Lawyer)

Insurance Companies We Have Beaten:

  • Aetna Life Insurance Company
  • Continental Casualty Company (CNA)
  • Dearborn National
  • Guardian Life Insurance Company fo America
  • The Hartford Life Insurance Company
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Lincoln Financial Group
  • Lincoln Life Assurance Company of Boston
  • Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA / CIGNA)
  • Lloyds of London
  • Madison National
  • Massachusetts Mutual Financial Gorup
  • Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife)
  • Minnesota Mutual
  • Mutual of Omaha / United of Omaha
  • Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Prudential Insurance Company of America
  • Reliance Standard
  • Sedgwick
  • The Standard Insurance Company
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Unum Life Insurance Company of America

Our Recent Victories

We know the tricks insurers and plan administrators use to deny claims. We’re here to fight on your behalf. See How We’ve Won Your Rights.

Disabilities Insurance | Covid Syndrome

Ward v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Co.

DeBofsky Law achieved a favorable ruling where the court found that Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company abused its discretion in terminating long-term disability benefits for COVID syndrome. The court determined that the insurer failed to properly consider comprehensive medical evidence of cognitive impairments. Consequently, the case was remanded for further proceedings to ensure a thorough review of the disability claim.

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Long Term Disability Insurance

Robinson v. Aetna Life Ins. Co.

DeBofsky Law won two cases for our client. In the first, the court denied Aetna’s motion to dismiss, noting the plan did not address retroactive SSDI awards. The judge found Robinson’s claim was not time-barred due to her voluntary appeals. In the second, the court ruled the denial of benefits arbitrary and capricious due to Robinson’s retroactive SSDI award and found Aetna’s refusal to toll its review problematic.

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Long Term Disability | Spinal Pain

Scanlon v. LINA

A system analyst with spinal pain and a sleep disorder won his appeal with the help of DeBofsky Law. The court ruled that the district court erred in its assessment, failing to properly consider the claimant’s functional capacity and inability to earn 80% of his income due to his condition. This decision underscores the importance of thorough evaluations in long-term disability cases, especially the impact on job performance.

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“This is FANTASTIC news [about our victory in the court of appeals]. While the basis of the case still presents such a challenge in life, I celebrate with you. I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for your time, efforts and dedication.
Thank you on behalf of my 4 and 5 year old sons as well. God will make beauty from ashes each and every time.”


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Whether this is your first filing or you need an appeal, we’ll review your case, and work with you to get it resolved in your favor. It’s your money. Let’s get you justice.

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