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Short term disability (“STD”) benefits are intended to provide a source of income while you recover from an illness or injury. These are often provided by your employer pursuant to a group benefits plan, and may be assessed and paid by an insurance company such as Sun Life, Manulife, Canada Life, or Desjardins. Other times companies such as Morneau Shepell or Reed Group administer claims on behalf of your employer. STD claims often provide benefits ranging from 17 weeks to six months, and sometimes for up to one year.
Short term disability claims can be denied at the initial application stage, or after benefits have been paid for a period of time. The insurance company or administrator should provide written reasons for the denial, and explain the option to appeal.
If you are planning to return to work, an appeal may be the most efficient dispute resolution mechanism. Michael Jordan can assist with your appeal at no cost to you.
If you have been denied STD, and there is no immediate prospect of returning to work, you should know your legal rights, including the right to free legal advice, the right to appeal, and the right to take legal action.
Insurance companies and administrators often make mistakes when assessing eligibility for short term disability benefits. Take advantage of your right to free legal advice by contacting Michael Jordan, disability insurance lawyer, who can guide you through the process. There is no fee for the initial consultation.
You can appeal the STD denial. Unfortunately, most appeals are not successful, since they are not decided by an independent decision maker, but rather the same company that denied the claim decides the appeal. However, if you have new and compelling evidence, an appeal might be the best route, especially if you plan to return to work soon and there is a relatively small amount of money in dispute.
If your short term disability claim has been denied, and you do not see yourself going back to work in the near future, long term disability benefits will likely be denied as well. It is therefore important to ensure you protect yourself in the event of a prolonged period away from work.
Michael Jordan can guide you through your options, at no cost to you.
Michael Jordan is a honest, fair and intelligent lawyer! He is very patient and spends as much time as is needed to ensure his clients understand what he is doing. I would highly recommend him! Sandra Clarke
Michael Jordan is a man you want on your side! He is compassionate, caring and beyond knowledgeable! He will never steer you wrong! Michael Jordan has already made a huge impact on our family and will always be our go to guy!
Michael Jordan was my lawyer for my long term disability case. I would recommend using him for a LTD case. He was very knowledgeable, helpful and always available when I had questions.
Review for Mr. Michael Jordan, Long Term Disability Lawyer. I am not usually a person who leaves reviews, but on this occasion I felt compelled to given the exceptional service I have received. I was in a situation where I required urgent guidance regarding an LTD matter, I decided that I would find someone who had a very high google review...
I contacted Michael for my long term disability claim. My LTD had been denied and so I reached out to him for help. The process from beginning to end was perfect and simple. He really is there for any questions or concerns and is so kind and helpful. He makes you feel less alone and cares about your well being. With his help I was able to get a...
Patient and kind, thorough and knowledgeable, that's Mr Jordan.Im grateful to have made a connection such as this! Thank you.
Michael Jordan is a Wonderful Caring Understanding Professional man that truly helped me when my LTD was denied several times as most are. I knew many people give up but I was entitled to LTD. I called Michael and sent all of my information with all of my medical and he said I had a case. He will take a percentage only if he wins which he did...
Many LTD lawyers will give you advice that will be biased to their advantage. Michael is the only lawyer I spoke to who wants what’s best for you, and does not care if he benefits from your decisions. His advice is fair, he is honest, and I would not trust anyone else with my case. He will tell you what is best for you. I appreciate him so...
Michael Jordan will personally return your calls. He listens to you and provides excellent advise. I strongly recommend him.
Michael was very pleasant to deal with. I'm pleased with the work he did for me, always replied and understood my issue and supplied useful information. I highly recommend him.
My experience with Michael Jordan was excellent. I was given much needed advice and everything was explained to me in very clear terms. Response time was outstanding! Michael was reassuring and compassionate and was able to resolve my disability claim very successfully. I would highly recommend Michael and his team to anyone.
Mr. Jordan responded immediately to my first phone inquiry and has been readily available for detailed consultation and support throughout my long-term disability application. As the claim was finally approved and no litigation was required, there was no fee. Knowledgeable, professional and kind, there is no doubt that I will direct all my...
Michael Jordan is a wonderful lawyer. He is polite, very courteous and very professional. He answers his phone, responds to messages and takes the time to clearly explain the information that you need to know. He helped me out with an issue on little notice and was beyond helpful. If I could give him a higher rating than 5/5, I definitely...
I feel very fortunate to have come across Michael Jordan's practice. His responsiveness, sense of service, and professionalism inspired a lot of confidence in me to pursue my case. I highly recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in an overwhelming insurance process.
I recently had the pleasure doing business with Michael, he was very professional and did what he said he was going to do. Michael kept me updated through the entire process! I would highly recommend Michael's services and best of all I got the outcome I was expecting!
Very refreshing to have a lawyer actually pick up the phone himself. Gave me excellent advice free of charge regarding my LTD questions. Would highly recommend.
I would highly recommend Michael Jordan. From the very beginning, he was attentive, clear and precise with his direction, quick to respond and helped me through a very difficult time in my life. He assisted in making this process much smoother than I could have ever anticipated and I was very happy with the outcome. I would not hesitate for a...
Micheal Jordan is very knowledgeable and helpful in regards to long-term disability claims. Very willing to help by explaining and listening/understanding the problem. I would reccomend his services.
Thank you Michael, for your hard work. I like that if I needed anything your office was there to answer my question in a timely manner. You know your information and it was a great help on the case. Michael is respectful, hard work and knowledgeable gentleman that wants the best for he clients.
Thank you Michael and Your team for your...
LTD lawyer, Michael Jordan, jumped right on board to take my case, even though he did not have much time to prepare before the closing date of my case -due to my error. Also, Michael was right up front in our initial contact with his fees.
Due to the Covid-pandemic, we communicated through e-mails -including him taking correspondence...
Mr Jordan came into my disability fight with patience and kindness. He turned my situation around when I was being taken advantage of. He is very knowledgeable and knew exactly how to execute a plan to my benefit. He did exactly what he said he would do, and that is... Win! Thank you Michael Jordan. Much Appreciated!!
Great lawyer to represent you with legal matters. Michael answered the phone personally and listened to my initial concern. He then set up a meeting face to face (prior to COVID) and the rest was history. He is very professional and understanding. Michael was able to get me settlement and get the insurance company to pay.
I would strongly recommend Mike to represent you in a legal action. He is by far an excellent lawyer. Not only is he by far outstanding when it comes to the law but he knows how to handle your case from start to finish and win your case! He is the staple example of what a lawyer should be (has integrity, compassionate, honest, trustworthy,...
I strongly recommend Michael Jordan services as he displayed a high level of integrity. Michael proved to be responsive, knowledgeable, and professional with a high degree of emotional intelligence. My stress level was lessened with his attendance, support and knowledge of my case and situation. Retaining his services was the best thing I could...
Michael helped me with my STD and LTD case as my Insurance company denied all my applications from the beginning. His insight, dedication and professionalism has helped reach the agreement. I highly recommend him because whether it is your first time with a lawyer or not you will be treated like a known customer you will surely get help and...
Strongly recommend. Michael Jordan is professional, detailed and articulate. He can explain complicated issues and has the ability to translate them into a simple understandable terminology. My family was devastated when my LTD claim was denied. Michael defended my position and pursued the incident relentlessly. My very stressful situation...
Michael is one of the kindest and most caring lawyers. He was so patient with me and extremely attentive. Any time I had a question or concern, he would assure me that everything was going to be okay. During this difficult time as it is, he was able to continue with a mediation with ease and was able to have my case resolved to my utmost...
I was diagnosed with a chronic illness which made it impossible for me to do my daily responsibility of my workplace as well not including all my doctors and specialist appointments. I applied for my long-term disability that was provided by my workplace benefits. Unfortunately I was denied even with all the doctor's medical documents to...
When my family member was off of work and dealing with long term disability she went to Michael and was very pleased with his honesty, professionalism and candor. He worked hard and achieved a very positive result.
I am a lawyer and I have recommended Michael to many people because of the above-noted qualities.
Our client sustained serious injuries in a motor vehicle accident. She advanced claims against her insurance company for income replacement benefits, medical expenses, and cost of care. The claim settled for close to $2 Million dollars.
Our client was a successful business person. When his LTD claim was denied, he retained Michael Jordan who secured expert medical evidence that was instrumental in resolving the case.
Our client was unable to work due to debilitating depression and anxiety. The disability insurer denied the claim, but when faced with litigation, a settlement was achieved.
Our client was diagnosed with life threatening cancer, which resulted in a severe psychiatric response. The claim was denied based on an exclusion in the policy. The exclusion, however, was poorly drafted and the case quickly settled.
Brain fog, fatigue, and inability to focus and concentrate were the main symptoms. The insurer denied the claim due to lack of objective medical evidence, even though there was no requirement in the policy to provide objective medical evidence, and the nature of the impairments were inherently subjective. The case settled after litigation was commenced.
The claim was denied because our client was not participating in appropriate treatment, but his mistaken belief that he did not need treatment was a symptom of his disability. An expert psychiatrist was retained to provide opinion evidence that the failure to participate in treatment was a symptom of the underlying illness. The case quickly settled.
Our client had surgery to remove the tumour, but was left with severe chronic pain and anxiety. The case settled on favourable terms.
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The insurer did not believe our client’s self reported symptoms. During the litigation, extensive medical records and reports were obtained that supported disability and a fair settlement was achieved.
The claim was denied because there was no medical explanation for the sudden onset of chronic fatigue syndrome. Two expert reports were secured, and the case settled at mediation.
Our client suffered from severe anxiety that made work impossible. Despite this, her LTD claim was denied. It settled shortly after a lawsuit was commenced.
Our client was involved in a motor vehicle accident many years ago. He continued to suffer chronic pain, but the LTD insurer denied his claim. Expert opinion evidence helped secure the settlement.
The insurance company denied the claim after the two year “own occupation” test of disability changed to “any occupation”. Evidence was secured that the client could not work in any job, and the case resolved.
Previous results are not necessarily indicative of future results. Contact Michael Jordan, long term disability lawyer, for an assessment of your claim.
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