We have been counting down the list of The 10 Biggest Legal Mistakes Physicians Make When Filing a Claim for Disability, from disability insurance attorney Ed Comitz’s article of the same name, as published by SEAK, Inc. (2005), and have now reached the number one mistake.
MISTAKE NO. 1: Failing to Consult With Counsel
Physicians who are considering filing a claim for disability insurance benefits are advised to meet with an attorney experienced in the area before submitting a claim for payment. Disability provisions vary greatly in the language used, and coverage is often circumscribed and restricted by qualifying words and phrases. Accordingly, each insurance policy must be individually reviewed to determine whether a particular claim is covered and, if so, how that claim is best presented to ensure payment.
Action Step: Physicians should make a coordinated effort with the assistance of an attorney when interpreting their policy, presenting their claim, and providing subsequent information to their carrier.