Attorney Derek Funk to Participate in
St. Jude Research Hospital’s
Swing FORE Charity Golf Tournament

Attorney Derek Funk will be playing in the upcoming, inaugural Swing FORE St. Jude charity golf tournament at Mountain Shadows Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday, September 14, 2019.

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and you can see gold ribbons all around Phoenix raising awareness. The doctors and physicians at St. Jude Research Hospital seek to advance cures and means of prevention for pediatric diseases through research and treatment and have pioneered new surgeries, treatments, and cures used all around the world. All proceeds from the event benefit St. Jude to help ensure that patients and their families don’t have to pay for treatment, travel, housing, or food.

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Edward O. Comitz and Michael F. Beethe Named
Southwest Super Lawyers for 2019

Ed Comitz and Mike Beethe, the founding members of Comitz | Beethe, have both been named Southwest Super Lawyers for 2019.  This is the eighth consecutive year that Mr. Comitz and Mr. Beethe have been recognized by Super Lawyers for excellence in their fields, insurance coverage and real estate, respectively.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Only 5% of attorneys in the Southwest receive this distinction. The selection process is comprised of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Comitz | Beethe’s primary office is located in Scottsdale, Arizona and the firm also has satellite offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Tucson, Arizona.

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“Do You Have a True ‘Own Occupation’ Policy?”

As a dentist, you probably have purchased at least one disability insurance policy, and you probably sought out “own occupation” coverage. However, in our experience, many dentists do not understand what their policy actually says or realize that there are several variations of “own occupation” policies. Additionally, many of the newer disability policies being sold to dentists have particular requirements and “rules” that must be followed in order to qualify for benefits.

Our latest article with Dentaltown Magazine discusses some of these pitfalls and explains why it is important to know what your policy says before filing a claim. Read the full article at Dentaltown today.

https://www.dentaltown.com/magazine/article/7481/do-you-have-a-true-own-occupation-policy



Doctor Money Matters Podcast
Q & A with Ed Comitz, Esq.
What Every Physician Should Know About Disability Claims

Ed Comitz recently sat down with Dr. Tarang Patel, host of the popular Doctor Money Matters Podcast, to talk through some of the most common questions physicians have about filing disability claims, such as:

  • What should a physician look for in a disability policy?
  • How hard it is for a physician to collect disability benefits?
  • Do I need a lawyer to file a disability claim?
  • What is the disability claims process like?
  • If I have an “own occupation” policy, can I work in a different occupation and still collect disability benefits?
  • What are the most common pitfalls that lead to physician’s claims being denied?

Click here to listen to Part 1 of the Podcast: https://www.doctormoneymatters.com/episode44/ and here to listen to Part 2: https://www.doctormoneymatters.com/episode45/.

Episodes can also be accessed on www.drmoneymatters.com, and via iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and other podcast platforms along with Facebook and YouTube.

 

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Ed Comitz Selected as 2019 Arizona Business Leader

Ed Comitz, head of Comitz | Beethe’s professional disability insurance practice, has again been named one of the Top 500 Arizona Business Leaders in 2019 by Arizona Business Magazine. The 500 business leaders selected came from a pool over of 5,000 names considered. Ed was one of only five individuals selected as a leader in health care law, based on his nationally acclaimed disability insurance practice, which exclusively represents professionals (primarily physicians, dentists, corporate executives, athletes and other attorneys), and his tireless representation of policyholders on the most difficult cases.

Editor in Chief, Michael Gossie, writes of the 500 leaders selected, “They are catalysts for Arizona’s economy. They are leaders. They are innovators. They have influence. And when they speak, they make things happen. And together, they are guiding Arizona toward greatness.”

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What Every Dentist Needs to Know About Disability Insurance

Dentists have a high likelihood of filing a disability claim at some point in their career, which is not surprising given the unique demands of the profession. Comitz | Beethe attorney Derek Funk’s article in Dentist’s Money Digest discusses what dentists should look for when reviewing new or existing policies and what to expect when filing a disability claim. Read the full article at Dentist’s Money Digest today.

“What Every Dentist Needs to Know About Disability Insurance”

If you would like to set up a consultation, please call or e-mail our office.

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Can You Collect Disability Benefits For Burnout?

Physicians experiencing burnout can put both themselves and their patients at risk if they continue to practice. However, it is important to recognize that there are several degrees between ordinary stress and fatigue and a disabling condition, and where you fall on that scale is something that your insurance company can (and likely will) misconstrue, if you are not precise when reporting your claim. Comitz | Beethe attorney Derek Funk’s article in MD Magazine discusses some of the challenges faced by physicians who file disability claims due to mental health conditions and limitations. Read the full article at MD Magazine today.

            “Can You Collect Disability Benefits for Burnout?”

If you would like to set up a consultation, please call or e-mail our office.

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Edward O. Comitz and Michael F. Beethe Named Southwest Super Lawyers for 2018

Ed Comitz and Mike Beethe, the founding members of the firm, have both been named Southwest Super Lawyers for 2018.  This is the seventh consecutive year that Mr. Comitz and Mr. Beethe have been recognized by Super Lawyers for excellence in their fields, insurance coverage and real estate, respectively.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.  Only 5% of attorneys in the Southwest receive this distinction. The selection process is comprised of independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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Ranking Arizona Names Comitz | Beethe #1 Law Firm for Best Workplace Culture

Comitz Beethe is proud and honored to announce we have been named Arizona’s #1 Law Firm for Best Workplace Culture and the #2 firm in both Healthcare Law and Firm with Under 22 Lawyers by Ranking Arizona: The Best of Arizona Business. Ranking Arizona publishes the results of the largest annual poll of the Arizona business community. Residents are asked to share their opinions of the best products, services, and individuals in the state.

We’ve earned this distinction through the development and execution of studied, meticulously considered strategies aimed at obtaining optimal results for our clients. We have also remained a small firm in order to encourage the sharing of ideas and information in an environment fostered by mutual trust. We pride ourselves on recruiting only the top attorneys in education, skills, and temperament.

We offer dentists, physicians, and other professionals compassion, thoughtful and meticulous legal representation, and are dedicated to making the claims process as painless as possible for each client.  Comitz Beethe offers unparalleled strategy, advocacy, and adaptability.  Our clients have immediate attorney access, including their direct telephone lines and emails.  Each case has a minimum of two attorneys and a paralegal working on it, with senior partners directly involved in developing each case.

Comitz Beethe’s keen legal, medical, and disability industry insight allows us to know what really matters in a case, and we are able to leverage this experience to deliver success.  We are pleased that our dedication has earned us this recognition for both our legal expertise and our firm’s collaborative ethos, which allows us to work together tirelessly in order to exceed our clients’ most optimistic expectations.

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Attorney Ed Comitz Addresses Disability Insurance Issues Faced By Professional Athletes

Ed Comitz was recently asked to speak at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law by Greenberg Traurig partner and leading sports agent, Dana Hooper, to address the key issues that professional athletes and their agents may encounter when dealing with disability insurance.  Topics included the types of insurance coverage most often purchased by professional athletes, the tactics insurance companies use to deny athlete’s claims, and the importance of an attorney and/or agent’s role in the disability insurance context.  The seminar also discussed the pros and cons of loss of value coverage for college athletes expected to go pro, and examined some of the challenges faced by injured athletes seeking to prove that a pre-draft injury caused them to fall in draft order and miss out on securing an upper-tier contract.

Mr. Comitz has represented high-earning professionals for nearly 25 years on the toughest insurance cases.  As a result, he is intimately familiar with the disability insurance industry, and uses this knowledge to assist athletes from the “big four” sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL) seeking to negotiate favorable contracts with the premier, high-dollar insurance companies.  He also advises professional athletes regarding the types of provisions to avoid in disability policies, the significance of the questions asked on disability insurance applications, and the importance of carefully reviewing insurance applications to ensure that they are accurate and do not provide the insurance company with any basis for voiding the policy, should a claim need to be filed later on down the road.  When athletes are approaching free agency and intend to test the market, Mr. Comitz helps the athletes assess whether they need to purchase insurance to protect anticipated future income, should they suffer a serious injury before they are able to secure a contract with a new team.  He also assists athletes with the legal issues that arise when an athlete is out for a few games, or an entire season, due to health concerns, and represents star athletes who have suffered a career-ending injuries and need to collect permanent disability benefits.

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Attorney Derek Funk Named in Top Valley Lawyers 2017

North Valley Magazine has named Comitz | Beethe’s Derek Funk as a Top Valley Lawyer for 2017. The list was compiled using a third-party attorney ranking system and showcases only 35 of the area’s leading attorneys.

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Comitz | Beethe Attorney Ed Comitz Posts CE Course on Dentaltown

Ed Comitz’s Continuing Education course “Disability Insurance Roulette: Why is it So Hard to Collect on My Policy” is now available through Dentaltown.  This CE is an electronically delivered, self-instructional program and is designated for 2 hours of CE credit.  In this course, Ed discusses why it is so difficult for dentists to collect disability benefits and how to avoid the most common mistakes made by dentists when filing disability claims.  Ed also covers the key provisions to look for in disability insurance policies and provides an overview of the disability claims process.  Finally, the course discusses how disability insurance claims are investigated and administered, and identifies common strategies used by insurance companies to deny claims.

Information on how to register can be found here

For more information regarding what to look for in a policy, see this podcast interview where Ed Comitz discusses the importance of disability insurance with Dentaltown’s Howard Farran.

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Edward O. Comitz and Michael F. Beethe Named Southwest Super Lawyers for 2017

Ed Comitz and Mike Beethe, the founding members of the firm, were both recently named Southwest Super Lawyers for 2017.  This is the sixth consecutive year that Mr. Comitz and Mr. Beethe have been recognized by Super Lawyers for excellence in their field.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

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Ed Comitz selected as an Arizona Business Leader in 2017

Ed Comitz, the head of Comitz | Beethe’s Disability Insurance and Healthcare Law practice, has been named as an Arizona Business Leader in 2017 by Arizona Business Magazine.  The 500 business leaders were selected from a pool over of 5,000 names considered.  Editor in Chief, Michael Gossie, writes of the 500 leaders selected, “They are catalysts for Arizona’s economy.  They are leaders.  They are innovators. They have influence.  And when they speak, they make things happen.”

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Ed Comitz Named as Top Lawyer in Field of Insurance Law

Ed Comitz, one of the firm’s founding members, was recently named as a Top Lawyer in the field of insurance law in Phoenix Magazine’s special, 50th Anniversary Issue.

Mr. Comitz’s practice primarily focuses on helping physicians and dentists secure private disability insurance benefits.  Mr. Comitz and the legal team at Comitz | Beethe also represent doctors in several other areas, including practice transitions, employment law, business litigation, estate planning, regulatory compliance, and licensing issues.

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