ERISA is an acronym for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. It is a federal law designed to regulate employer sponsored benefit plans. For example, any medical, dental or disability insurance provided by your private sector employer is covered by ERISA.
Despite ERISA’s hopes of assisting employees in receiving disability benefits, over time, employers and insurance companies have used the judicial system to make it more difficult for individuals to receive disability benefits. Unlike nearly every other case, individuals bringing a claim are unable to demand a trial by jury. Further, in nearly all ERISA cases, the disabled individual is unable to testify on his or her behalf or have their treating physician explain to the court the severity of his or her impairment. Evidence not submitted during the administrative process is often ignored. A lack of familiarity with these procedural obstacles often leave unrepresented individuals ruing mistakes that may have been avoided.
Consulting a disability attorney early in the disability process is important to increasing your chances of success. ERISA disability claims are regulated by federally implemented claim procedures individuals unfamiliar with the law may not understand.
If you have been denied your disability benefits, Comerford Law Office can assist you to ensure that your claim is presented in the manner most likely to achieve an award of benefits. We offer a FREE CONSULTATION to discuss your claim and assist you in obtaining the disability benefits you deserve.
I contacted Jim after my first denial for SS Disability. He was referred to me by a good friend who had retained him for her Disability odyssey as well. My Disability case was somewhat difficult because I didn’t have a nice, large cache of medical documentation to back up my claim. Despite this and other complications Jim helped me get through my hearing and I received a fully favorable decision from the Judge and now I am just waiting to start receiving my benefits,
James is an absolutely great lawyer. He fully understands his area of expertise, he’s quick to answer any questions with clear, concise directions on how to proceed. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many case laws and government agencies helped me as his client better understand the case law and it’s ways. James is quick to answer emails and phone calls, and made me feel very comfortable. I highly, highly recommended James for his case law specialties. A professional and true gentleman, even when I would ramble on with worry, James was very understanding and able to put my concerns at ease.
Jim is absolutely one of the nicest, most compassionate, and intelligent lawyers out there. He is fast to answer any question with clear, concise direction. His insight into understanding how to navigate with many government agencies helps his clients in many ways. Jim is quick to answer emails and calls, and makes his clients feel very comfortable. Highly, highlyrecommended.
Jim is a good lawyer that helped us through a difficult purchase of our home(he also was the lawyer for the sale of our previous home).
We had quite a few issues with the details of the purchase with both the bank and the seller that James made sure were resolved as quickly as possible. When the selling lawyer would not respond to phone calls/emails Jim physically went to the lawyer’s office and made sure that the final details were pushed through.
I would recommend Jim as an attorney as he is very knowledgeable and thorough on the work that he does.
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