In January 2020, an anesthesiologist in Summerville, South Carolina found himself bedridden for several days with respiratory symptoms and a dry cough. Later in the year, it became clear that he had suffered from an early case of COVID-19.
Like many others who battled COVID-19, our client suffered persistent symptoms. His cough persisted for many months, and he was unable to shake a feeling of “brain fog.” In fact, our client’s cognitive impairments steadily and rapidly worsened in 2021.
By March 2021, our client did not feel safe working with patients, and his team agreed that he could no longer meet the demands of his occupation. As a result, our client filed for disability benefits.
Dabdoub Law Firm Explains a New Disability
Given the unusual nature of our client’s claim and the early case of COVID-19, Dabdoub Law Firm wrote a letter to Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company to perfect his claim for disability benefits. We emphasized how cognitive impairments marked the end of our client’s career as an anesthesiologist because he no longer possessed the mental faculties needed to safely practice medicine.
We also gave the insurance company a copy of our client’s treatment plan and the results of a neuropsychological evaluation. The Director of Neuropsychological Services at Columbia University noted several alarming issues and recommended continued leave from work.
Quite simply, our client can no longer work as an anesthesiologist due to patient safety concerns. He is unable to maintain the total and complete focus his position demands, and any mistake could be fatal. Additionally, our client’s cognitive impairments prevent him from thinking and reacting quickly, which could be the difference between life and death for a patient.
Our client’s diagnoses include aphasia and post-COVID syndrome, and his primary care provider states that he “cannot reliably perform the tasks required to safely practice medicine,” and that his “cognitive change makes all job duties inappropriate as a matter of patient safety.”
With all the medical evidence in this case, our client’s right to disability benefits could not be questioned.
Dabdoub Law Firm simply presented the facts to Equitable Financial Life Insurance Company, and the insurer responded in kind, awarding disability benefits to our client.
Our Lawyers Specialize in Disability Insurance Claims
Because Dabdoub Law Firm has always focused only on disability insurance, our lawyers are experts in legal representation for disability insurance benefits.
That means our disability lawyers have:
- Won several major disability lawsuits that helped improve the law for disability claimants.
- Experience fighting every major insurance company, including UNUM, Hartford, MetLife, CIGNA, Prudential, and more.
- Successfully represented hundreds of clients and won millions of dollars in disability benefits.
Disability insurance companies have lawyers. You should too. Call Dabdoub Law Firm to get experienced disability lawyers on your side.
We can help with:
- Submitting a disability insurance claim,
- Appealing a long-term disability denial,
- Negotiating a lump-sum settlement, or
- Filing a lawsuit against your disability insurance company.
Call us at (800) 969-0488 or contact us online for a free consultation with a disability attorney. No fees or costs until you get paid.