Have you been denied ERISA long-term disability?
If so, you should be looking for an ERISA attorney to help you beat your denial.
In this article, we will show you where to find ERISA attorneys and how to choose the right one for you.
Where to Look for an ERISA Attorney
ERISA is the Federal Law that governs most employer sponsored long-term disability policies. If you’d like to know more about ERISA and if it applies to your long-term disability claim, take a look at our article, ERISA Disability Denials.
This suggestion probably seems a bit elementary, but there’s an adage with data and search, “junk in, junk out.” Most people don’t know upfront that there are different types of disability lawyers, so they do a general search for “disability appeal,” or some variation thereof.
Knowing that you need an ERISA lawyer to help with your appeal, you should redo your search in Google, Bing, Yahoo, or whatever other search engine you prefer. Make sure to filter by location, or just add in “ERISA Lawyer near me,” as your search term.
The best part about searches like this is that you can quickly review 5-10 disability attorneys in a couple minutes. Here’s an article that breaks down how you can tell who the best one to handle your long-term disability claim will be.
Findlaw, NOLO, and AVVO
There are a lot of websites that exist to match potential clients with attorneys willing to pay for the leads. Perhaps the most popular are, Findlaw, NOLO, and AVVO. On each of them, you can choose which location you are looking in and choose what area of practice (in this case ERISA long-term disability). You will then get a results list that will tell you the name of the attorney, where they are located (along with contact information), reviews, and links to their website if they have one. This makes it easy to compare each ERISA attorney at a glance.
Again, these are attorneys that pay for your lead, so you may not be getting the whole picture of available help by going to these sites. One of the benefits with these sites, however, is that they compile reviews and even provide colleague reviews. Take a look at Jeff Warncke’s Avvo page, for instance.
Ask around. Talk to your HR rep, co-workers, union rep., friends, family, Facebook network… Any one of these people or groups may have had contact or connection with a long-term disability attorney. Choosing the right ERISA attorney is critically important to your disability appeal!
How to Choose an ERISA Attorney
You should aim to choose around three to five good ERISA attorneys that you think would be best for you.
Call each office and set up a consultation (most offer free ones) to meet with them. When speaking with them on the phone and during your consultation things you should look for are:
- * Courtesy: Are you treated with respect and like you are important from the time the phone is answered until the end of your consultation? If you do not feel comfortable at any point during the process, then that is not the ERISA attorney for you.
- * Professionalism: Do the attorney and staff behave professionally? Are they organized and prepared when you show up for your consultation? If they seem unprofessional and unorganized, they probably will handle your case the same way and will not be a good fit for you.
- * Communication: You are busy, and so are the ERISA attorneys. That is why it is important that you receive a call back promptly if you need to leave a message. It is also important that if you are unable to speak to the attorney, you are able to speak with a caseworker or someone who will be available to answer your questions.
While meeting with the ERISA attorney, some things you should ask about are:
- * Experience: Find out how much experience the attorney has with ERISA long-term disability. Do they work exclusively with ERISA or is that only a piece of what they practice? This is important because ERISA has strict deadlines and guidelines and if the attorney is not aware of these, this can greatly affect your outcome negatively.
- * Approval rates: Asking what their approval rate is gives you a good idea of not only how often they win cases, but you can also tell if they are going to try to make it sound like you are guaranteed to win your case. No ERISA attorney can guarantee a win.
Once you have met with the three ERISA attorneys you choose, think about your experience with them and decide which one you felt the most comfortable with. If you did not like any of them, do not worry. Just go back to your search results and pick a few more. Just because you set up a consultation, that does not mean you have to work with them. You want to make sure that you choose the ERISA attorney that is best for you because that will make it easier for you to be honest with them and ask the necessary questions to help your claim.
Of course, we’d love to make your short list too. We focus on beating insurance companies at their own game and have helped many people just like you in ERISA long-term disability claims.
Contact us today for a consultation of your case.