Long-Term Disability Insurance Company in Louisiana Stalling on Your Claim? Get Help Today

You purchased long-term disability benefits through your employer or on your own.

Now you are at a time in your life where you need to use the benefits you paid for. Louisiana disability lawyer, Loyd J Bourgeois

Unfortunately, applying for long-term disability benefits from a disability insurance company can be full of pitfalls.

The paperwork is beyond reason; the same question gets asked over and over by a friendly “case manager.” It’s easy for individuals to become confused and need help.

Maybe you were initially awarded long-term disability benefits under your employer’s policy, but now the disability insurance company is doing an “any occupation” review.

Or maybe your claim has been unfairly denied or unnecessarily delayed. The sad truth is that the long-term disability insurance industry has taken advantage of individuals with disabilities for far too long.

However, with the help of Louisiana disability attorney Loyd J. Bourgeois, you can fight back against these reprehensible tactics to deprive individuals with disabilities of their rights.

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Has Your Long-Term Disability Application Been Denied or Have Your Benefits Been Terminated?

Did you receive a denial or termination of benefits letter and are unsure of the next steps?  We will review your denial letter with no cost and no obligation and give you a detailed strategy for moving forward.

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How We Can Help with Your Long-Term Disability Benefits

Long-term disability insurers will go to great lengths to get out of having to provide policyholders with the benefits they deserve.

However, help is available. We can help you with:

  • LTD Filing Assistance
  • LTD Appeals
  • LTD Repayment
  • LTD Litigation

Additionally, Louisiana long-term disability applicants can find many of the answers to their questions about the long-term disability claims process on our LTD FAQs page.

What to do Before You File for Disability

8 Specific Actions To Take Before Filing Your Long-Term Disability Claim Report If you're preparing to file for long-term disability, we've created a checklist of "8 Specific Actions to Take Before Filing Your Long-Term Disability Claim."  All we need is your name and email address, and we'll send you the checklist right away.  Don't make a costly mistake before you've even applied! Just click here to receive your copy of "8 Specific Actions to Take Before Filing Your Long-Term Disability Claim."

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ERISA Long-Term Disability Claims

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is an important safeguard for the rights of employees and is the federal law under which most employee benefits are provided by employers. ERISA requires that plan beneficiaries be fully informed of their rights and the status of health and retirement plans and other benefit plans, like long-term disability or short-term disability.

I focus on ERISA disability benefit claims.

ERISA provides important protections for employees by allowing them to pursue legal action when their rights to disability benefits are denied. If your long-term disability or short-term disability claim has been denied, you may have grounds to pursue an ERISA claim in Louisiana.

The Erisa Disability Claim Process

If you are sick or injured and cannot work, you may file a claim for short-term or long-term disability benefits. The process seems easy enough, but it is filled with pitfalls and landmines that can destroy your claim.

You will generally get the initial application from your human resources office.

After you make your application, the disability benefit insurer will contact you. Usually, it will be a “very nice” and “friendly” case manager or claims manager. This person will put you at ease (by design) and be your “guidance” through the process.

Do not be fooled. This is not your friend. This is an employee of an insurance company who does not want to pay you benefits. They want to get information that can defeat or minimize your claim.

You will have to provide all of your doctors and medical facilities. The company will obtain your records and will often speak to your doctor. The insurance company then makes a decision on your initial claim. The ERISA disability insurer has a certain amount of time to make their decision under ERISA.

If your initial decision is favorable – that is you get benefits – great. But, the claim is not over. The ERISA LTD claim manager will review your claim periodically (usually every 6 or 12 months). The policy requires you to cooperate and provide the requested information. If you take longer than they want, your claim may be denied.

Your claim will also be reviewed after a period of time (usually 24 months) under what the industry calls the “ANY OCCUPATION” review. Your claim may be denied here as well. You have to appeal to the long-term disability insurer in order to file a court case.

At every step along the way, the long-term disability insurer must make decisions within certain time frames. If they miss the deadlines, there may be damages available to you. But, you must also perform certain actions within certain time frames. If you miss your deadline, in some cases the penalty is the loss of your claim.


If you have been denied ERISA long-term disability or short-term disability benefits, I can help. Contact my team by calling 985-240-9773  today to learn more about the legal options that are available to you and what we can do to help you fight your denial.

Speak With a Long-Term Disability Attorney in Louisiana

If you have any questions or concerns about your long-term disability claim, call the offices of Loyd J. Bourgeois today at (985) 240-9773 for a free consultation with a knowledgeable legal professional and learn more about what can be done for you.

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What our Long-Term Disability Clients Say:

I was in the unfortunate situation of having to sue my long-term disability company when they stopped my disability payments. I never sued a company before, and was confused and intimidated. I was unable to work at my job of 15+ years, or any other job due to complications from breast cancer treatment, and knew I needed help fast. A former co-worker referred me to Loyd Bourgeois, and I never looked back! He was extremely knowledgeable, upfront and honest about everything involving my situation. He was also professional and compassionate. I knew he cared about myself and my family, and I wasn’t just a “case” to him. He was quick to respond anytime I sent an email or called his office. His paralegal Christy was equally as professional and caring. Loyd Bourgeois and his team are top-notch, and I will recommend him to any family or friends I know! He saw my case all the way to the end, and I am very happy with my outcome and thankful Loyd Bourgeois and his fantastic team were fighting for me through it all!
Loyd J Bourgeois, LLC
Date published: 10/14/2019
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