If your short term disability ERISA benefits have been denied and you live in the Houston area, you may not know where to turn or to whom. ERISA law is very complex and few attorneys practice in this area. An experienced ERISA lawyer can help you file your claim, maximize your evidence and prevent you from making a mistake that could be fatal to your claim.
ERISA gives the insurance company the upper hand as ERISA does not reward the company if it does what is right nor does it punish the company if it does what is wrong. So the company has no incentive to do what is right.
You must be mindful of this when you begin the claim process and not be lulled into thinking that the company is actually trying to help you file your claim or obtain your benefits.
You need to retain a lawyer to help you with your claim. Any lawyer’s qualifications should:
- The length of time he has practiced,
- The length of time he has handled a particular kind of claim,
- Whether he focuses on just one area or more than one area of law, and
- How many ERISA claims, appeal and lawsuits he has handled.
One other important qualification for your ERISA attorney should be compassionate and emphatic service. The insurance company may treat you as just another number, but you want your attorney to understand your anxiety and the stress put upon you by the insurance company.
Bernard A. Guerrini has been in practice for 38 years and has handled numerous ERISA short term disability claims, appeals and lawsuits. John L. Thompson has practiced for 19 years.
Most important, the heart of our practice is ERISA claims. We do not handle any other benefit claims such as Social Security benefit claims or Veteran’s benefit claims. We do not handle personal injury claims or business claims. We focus our practice on ERISA insurance benefits claims.