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Author Topic: Private long-term disability spying - need a pro-bono lawyer please  (Read 1400 times)

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Offline livingmmy9lives

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My partner's private long-term disability company The Hartford has spied on him and filmed him and he is now "under review". They are sending him to their doctor even though his doctor has documented his case very well. He is clearly disabled. He needs a lawyer but cannot afford one. Does anyone know of any pro-bono lawyers that might take his case.  I would really appreciate any info.
Diagnosed 1988.

Offline moxieinme

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Re: Private long-term disability spying - need a pro-bono lawyer please
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2013, 03:23:01 AM »
Hi --
I don't have a pro bono referral for you, but I actually went through the exact same shit with Hartford about 4-5 years ago. I came through it successfully but it changed me and my sense of security. (Try living out on a dark country road after you find you've been filmed in secret.) Also shocked at some of their tactics, including they leaned on my doctor to try and admit he was wrong. My doctor was good enough to keep a complete file and share their correspondence. I, too, sought a lawyer to have on standby.

I'm still on Hartford LTD after that but always looking over my shoulder -- literally. I've been fortunate to have LTD coverage, but this has been the biggest price to pay.

Feel free to get in touch with any questions about the process and/or the experience. That's the best I can offer. It's a serious situation but keep cool. They really are trying to rattle you. And BTW I never needed the lawyer.

Good luck. Hang in there.

John
Salvage therapy wrangler, riding the poz bronco and dodging bullets for over 24 years.
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CD4 at diagnosis 1989 = 330
Began treatment (AZT) 1989
Lowest labs 1998: CD4=74, 7%, VL=750,000
First sustained undetectable VL in 20 years (2009); CD4=315
Current labs (12/13): CD4=637, 27%, VL=<20
Current meds: Prezista, Isentress, Intellence, Norvir

Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Private long-term disability spying - need a pro-bono lawyer please
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2013, 11:46:50 AM »
I like these guys the best.  You pick your state, then choose your practice area and start reading and calling the attorneys and ask each if they will take your case pro bono.

www.findlaw.com

I chose Findlaw because they are each paying around $30K to $40K just to be listed with this organization.  There are over 150 other directories which list law firms.  Who do you think will get you the best deal, the attorney who pays to be seen or the large directory?  Good luck.  I am not surprised the insurance company has filmed you, I am surprised you know they did it, they are usually very good.   8)  Have the best day
Michael

Offline moxieinme

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Re: Private long-term disability spying - need a pro-bono lawyer please
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2013, 05:33:05 PM »
Thanks for the link. I'm going to hold onto that myself.

Actually I didn't know they were doing it. It was during a home-visit interview that they dragged out a laptop and had me watch the videos. I went cold all over. The interviewer, who had been very friendly and gave no hint of what he was going to pull, needed to get my acknowledgement that it was me and then was trying to get my response to the video, but of course I was just dumbfounded.

As I've already advised others who have contacted me, my advice is:
1) Be honest, before and after, especially about the basis of your disability. If you try to "pad" the resins, they'll go for you.
2) Be cautious about public exposure. Don't be in the local papers winning a gymnastics competition (just kidding).
3) Check all your privacy setting, e.g. Facebook.
4) HAve a good team of medical professionals on your side to validate your disability. That includes making sure you keep a detailed record of medical visits ans always make you tell you doctors in detail about your condition(s) so it goes in the record.
5) Stand up for yourself, don't roll over and take it. I was furious and gave them a piece of my mind, including a certified letter of protest. I pointed out that their tactics only increased my stress and negatively impacted my quality of life.
6) Get EVERY contact with your LTD carrier in writing. Follow up every phone conversation AND voicemail message with a letter.

Most of all, stay calm as possible. Don't let them get to you if you feel you have a valid reason for remaining on the coverage.
Salvage therapy wrangler, riding the poz bronco and dodging bullets for over 24 years.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
CD4 at diagnosis 1989 = 330
Began treatment (AZT) 1989
Lowest labs 1998: CD4=74, 7%, VL=750,000
First sustained undetectable VL in 20 years (2009); CD4=315
Current labs (12/13): CD4=637, 27%, VL=<20
Current meds: Prezista, Isentress, Intellence, Norvir

Offline livingmmy9lives

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Re: Private long-term disability spying - need a pro-bono lawyer please
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 12:05:41 AM »
Thanks for all the excellent advice. I will be checking into findlaw.com - I've called so many places, literally hours on the phone and so far and every one says to call someone else -it's just maddening. John - yes it is creepy tactics. My partner is clearly unable to work - very ill but they are using really smallest things they can get on video then jumping to a conclusions that he's capable of holding a full-time job. These people are evil. moxieinme thanks for the detailed info.
Diagnosed 1988.

 


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