Disability Insurance Lawyers Comitz | Beethe Proud to Exhibit at Western Regional Dental Convention in Phoenix
Phoenix disability insurance law firm Comitz | Beethe, a business affiliate of the Arizona Dental Association, was proud to once again be an exhibitor at last week’s Western Regional Dental Convention in Central Phoenix. As always, the convention was a great opportunity to network with dental professionals and others in the dental industry. Dentists who missed our booth at the convention but have questions regarding a disability insurance claim can contact Edward O. Comitz at 480.998.7800 for information or to set up a consultation.
Comitz | Beethe, PLLC is delighted to announce that Patrick T. Stanley, formerly Counsel to the firm, has been elected a Member.
Mr. Stanley is an experienced trial lawyer with a substantial background in state and federal courts, as well as arbitration proceedings. He has extensive experience in motion practice, appellate practice, jury and bench trial, arbitration and injunctive relief. He is particularly experienced in litigating first-party insurance bad faith, including disability insurance and professional liability coverage, and healthcare litigation.
In addition to his litigation background, Mr. Stanley also assists with the practice management needs of healthcare professionals. He provides consultation and representation in regulatory compliance matters, non-compete and anti-solicitation agreements, disability claim advice, employment contracts, personnel and human resources issues, employee disciplinary actions, independent contractor and managed care agreements, state licensure issues and collections.
Mr. Stanley is ranked “Excellent” by Avvo, which rates and profiles over 90% of licensed attorneys in the U.S. based on research, client reviews, lawyer disciplinary histories and peer endorsements. Mr. Stanley has been named a “Top Attorney” by Arizona Business Magazine(Healthcare) and Ranking Arizona (Commercial Litigation).
Mr. Stanley is admitted to practice in state court in Arizona and Florida, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court for the Districts of Arizona and the Southern and Northern Districts of Florida. He has also been admitted pro hac vice in United States District Courts in California and Alaska.
Mr. Stanley received his B.A. in History from the University of Kansas and earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona. Since then, in addition to his busy practice, Mr. Stanley has authored or co-authored articles on a number of topics relating to both disability insurance and transportation law.
Ed Comitz, disability insurance attorney at Comitz | Beethe, recently had his article “Are Non-Competition Agreements Enforceable or Not?” published in the Winter 2010 edition of AzMedicine, the publication of the Arizona Medical Association for healthcare professionals.
Comitz | Beethe: Proud Exhibitor at the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association’s 30th Annual Fall Seminar
The Phoenix disability insurance law firm of Comitz | Beethe is a Business Partner of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association and will be an exhibitor tomorrow at the 30th Annual Fall Seminar at the Omni Tucson National in Tucson, Arizona. The topic at this year’s Tucson convention is collecting on disability insurance policies in Arizona. We invite all osteopath physicians attending the seminar this weekend to stop by our table to say hello and pick up informational packets about our firm and Arizona disability insurance practice.
In Today’s Uncertain Financial Environment, How Difficult Will It Be for You to Collect on Your Disability Policy?
Attorney Ed Comitz’s article “In Today’s Uncertain Financial Environment, How Difficult Will It Be for You to Collect on Your Disability Policy?” was recently published in the July/August 2010 edition of The Journal of Medical Practice Management.
Attorney Ed Comitz’s article, Why Is It So Hard to Collect on My Disability Insurance Policy? Avoiding Mistakes when Filing a Claim, was published by Whitehall Management in its May/June 2010 Newsletter magazine. The article explains why dentists and other healthcare professionals have such a difficult time collecting disability insurance benefits and advises against some common mistakes often made when filing a claim.
The Arizona Dental Association recently recognized Comitz | Beethe’s support of organized dentistry by naming it an AzDA Services Business Affiliate. Comitz | Beethe is distinguished as a preferred provider of legal services for AzDA members, assuring the highest level of service. The Firm is proud to continue its relationship with the dental community through this worthy organization.
Living an active lifestyle has always been important to me. It was not until I suffered a severe neck and head injury that I wondered if I would ever be able to enjoy sports or be active again.
Within months of my injury, I began experiencing constant, agonizing pain in my neck and shoulder, lost manual dexterity and fine manipulation skills with my left hand, and had difficulty moving, all of which caused a precipitous decline in the quality of my life. I felt physically distressed – as if I were constantly being injured.
MRI’s revealed two large disc protrusions. From there, I embarked on a year-and-a-half journey of treatment options without success: sports medicine, physical therapy and rehabilitation programs, consults at the Mayo Clinic and throughout the country, surgical consults, multiple epidural injections (interlaminar and transforminal), facet injections, trigger point injections, massage, chiropractic, traction, Ibuprofen and muscles relaxers. Despite my unrelenting commitment to get better, my condition unfortunately progressed to the point where the entire left side of my body was enormously tense, including my hip, leg and foot. I started losing proprioception in my foot and ambulated with an irregular gait, and my functionality was becoming worse by the day.
This was enormously shocking. I then consulted with another neurosurgeon and had more MRIs, which now revealed possible spinal cord involvement. I was admitted to Barrow Neurological Institute, where I underwent a multi-level discectomy and fusion. I have spent over a year rehabilitating and the process has been self-revealing, always too slow, but with significant progress over time. I now enjoy skiing, playing tennis, hiking, biking, swimming and jogging in moderation. While I have improved exponentially since the surgery, I still have limitations and struggles, and know that my condition can be aggravated if I do not take very good care of myself.
Most of my clients are physicians and dentists, and many have conditions similar to mine. As an attorney, I can keep working – if I drop a pen or get a cramp in my side, I can take a break or stretch, then resume working. If I were a medical professional, though, I would not be able to sustain positioning for long periods of time, each and every day, and would be concerned about patient safety.
I am strongly committed to my clients and practice, am sympathetic to physical limitations and restrictions that others may not fully understand, and use my experience to provide my clients with the results they deserve. My firm, Comitz | Beethe, provides representation to professionals nationwide and throughout metropolitan Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tucson, Flagstaff and Yuma.
Ed Comitz and Phoenix-based Comitz | Beethe were pleased to show our continuing support for the Arizona dental community by participating in this year’s Western Regional Dental Convention held in Phoenix, Arizona. Dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, pediatric dentists, endodontists, periodontists, prosthodontists, oral pathologists, dental hygienists, dental practice administrators and others gathered at Arizona Convention Center for two-and-half days of continuing education. Attorney Ed Comitz’s topic at the Convention was ”Disability Insurance Litigation and the Disabled Dentist,” which has been written on extensively in Inscriptions.
Phoenix-based Comitz | Beethe and its attorneys have resolved cases with all of the leading disability insurance companies and third-party administrators in the country, including, among many others: Berkshire, Boston Mutual, CIGNA, Disability Management Services (“DMS”), Disability Reinsurance Management Services (“DRMS”), Equitable, First Unum, Great-West Life and Annuity Insurance Company, Guardian, The Hartford, Integrated Disability Resources, Jefferson Pilot, Liberty Mutual, Lincoln Financial, Mass Mutual, Met Life, Monarch, New York Life, Northwestern Mutual Life, Paul Revere, Penn Mutual, Provident, Prudential, Reassure America Life Insurance Company, Reliance, Royal Maccabees, Standard, Swiss Re, and Unum (formerly UnumProvident). We have also litigated and resolved cases against third-party vendors of insurance companies, including Behavioral Medical Interventions (BMI) and PsyBar.
As Chris Clark writes in a DoctorPlanning.com article “Planning for Possible Health Problems: How Much Disability and Long-Term Care Insurance Should You Have?”, health problems are one of the most common reasons people retire before they intended. But knowing how much and which disability and long-term care coverages to purchase can be complicated. Disability attorney Ed Comitz provides some advice in Mr. Clark’s article:
Edward Comitz, an attorney who leads the health and disability insurance practice for Phoenix law firm [Comitz | Beethe], recommends buying individual policies instead of the typically cheaper group ones, because employer-sponsored plans are subject to employment-law restrictions that include limits on jury awards if a claimant ends up in court fighting for benefits.
And don’t pay the premiums from the practice, he says, because an individual policy could be characterized as a group one if the practice is paying the bills.
At NorthStar’s Annual Convention in Paradise Valley, Arizona, Attorney Ed Comitz presented the topic, The Top 10 Mistakes Physicians Make When Buying Disability Insurance, attended by a full house of investment advisors. A portion of the discussion was directed at current disability insurance claim practices, the difficulties physicians have when filing disability claims, and current issues relating to the application of disability insurance law to professionals in Arizona and elsewhere.
Phoenix and Tucson-area disability attorney Ed Comitz recently responded to some common disability insurance questions for the Pima County Medical Society’s January 2010 issue of Sombrero. He answers questions doctors and other healthcare professionals often ask, such as, “What is the difference between ‘own occupation’ and ‘any occupation’ in disability insurance?” and “Why do so many doctors’ claims get denied, and how can a law firm help?”
The Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association proudly endorses Comitz | Beethe as a preferred law firm for its membership, particularly in the areas of disability insurance and healthcare litigation. Mr. Comitz represents disabled doctors who are applying for, or who have been denied, their disability insurance benefits.
Anesthesiology News (AN), the best-read publication in anesthesiology (according to Kantar Media, Media Chek®/FOCUST), is mailed monthly to all 43,983 anesthesiologists and anesthesiology residents in the United States, and offers extensive coverage of over a dozen major clinical meetings affecting the specialty. Disability insurance attorney Ed Comitz recently published his article, Disability Insurance and the Specialized Anesthesiologist, in AN. The article focuses on the ability of subspecialized anesthesiologists to collect on their own-occupation disability insurance policies despite working in a new sub-specialty.
Attorney Ed Comitz’s article, Disability Insurance Roulette: Can You Collect on Your Policy?, was published by nationally-regarded Ophthalmology Management. The article discusses difficulties physicians experience with collecting on their disability insurance, and how certain obstacles can be overcome.