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If the Social Security Administration isn’t going to pay my benefits soon I’m going to lose my house, what should I do? | Tampa Bay Social Security Disability Lawyer

In these desperate economic times, the long wait for a Social Security Disability hearing, can make the difference between eating, getting medical care, or even losing your home. With little money coming in, a lot of people wonder how to pay for rent, utilities, and groceries and wonder whether or not they should get a job. ...

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Paul Revere and Provident Found Guilty of Mishandling Subjective Claims for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia

If you are a Paul Revere, UNUM Provident policyholder who suffers from Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue and whose claim has been denied, pay attention! In a case called Hangarter v. Provident Life: An Accident Insurance Company, 373f.3d998, 1014 (9th Circuit 2004) found that in the early 1990’s UNUM Provident realized that policies made on own occupation insurance policies that they had sold was putting UNUM Provident at financial risk.The court in Hangarter found that as a result, that UNUM changed its claims handling practices and philosophy from a company that once willingly paid...

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An Interesting Article in Chattanooga Times Free Press on UNUM

An interesting article in Chattanooga Times Free Press, UNUM Chief Executive Office Tom Watjen, sat down with a Chattanooga Times Free Press reporter to discuss “UNUM’s success despite the economic downturn.” We know where UNUM’s successes come from. Did you know that UNUM’s operating income has jumped more than 42% since 2006 and their earnings per share has increased 39% during the same time? Unfortunately, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Brain Lezendy didn't ask Mr. Watjen the right questions. Those questions that should have been asked:1. The number of claims that they have received during this time period?2. How...

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Cancer is the Leading Cause of UNUM Disability Claims

Many Long Term Disability carriers such as UNUM, track very closely the leading causes of payment in Long Term Disability benefits. In a May 3, 2010 press release, UNUM advised for the “9th consecutive year, cancer is the leading cause of Long Term Disability claims for UNUM. They constituted over 11.8% of the Long Term Disability claims in 2009.”UNUM has prepared a booklet called “Moving Down: Cancer Survivors at Work.” UNUM is aggressive about attempting to return those who have been diagnosed with cancer to work and their statistics show that 50-70% of...

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Hypertension and First Responder Claims in Florida

If you are a first responder and have hypertension you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Hypertension is one of the nations most common life threatening diseases. Nearly 30% of all Americans have hypertension, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, kidney failure and diabetes.To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits you have to be disabled for a short period of time as a result of your hypertension. If your pre-employment physical was negative and you’ve developed hypertension during the course of your employment you may be entitled to workers’...

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Mental Consultative Examination and Your Social Secuirty Disability Case | Clearwater Disability Claim Application Lawyer

If the disability examiner or judge notes in your medical records that you are “depressed” or “anxious,” the Social Security Administration may be obligated to send you for a mental consultative examination even if you don’t claim to be depressed or anxious on your application and have never sought treatment. ...

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