Denied Long-Term Disability Attorneys in California

When valid disability claims are wrongfully denied by insurance companies, innocent policyholders are left to struggle without the benefits they deserve.

For over 45 years, California disability denial lawyers at Sokolove Law have been committed to helping victims appeal their insurer’s decision and secure compensation. Contact us now for free.

Why Choose Our California Long-Term Disability Law Firm?

At Sokolove Law, we understand the emotional, physical, and financial challenges that can accompany a denied disability claim.

Our Florida disability denial lawyers will work to make the appeals process as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on your health.

Learn how Sokolove Law stands out from other firms: 

  • Over 45 Years of Experience: Sokolove Law was founded in 1979 with the mission of helping injured clients stand up to the companies that caused them harm.
  • No Financial Risks: There are no upfront or hourly costs to get help from our LTD attorneys. We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means we only get paid if you do.
  • Access to Key Resources: Our denied disability attorneys have collected vital evidence about many insurance companies that have a history of wrongfully denying long-term disability claims.
  • Proven Results in All 50 States: We’ve secured over $130 Million for victims of denied disability claims across the country.

After years of paying insurance premiums, you shouldn’t have to go without in your time of need. Let a California disability claim denial attorney with Sokolove Law fight for the compensation you deserve.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see how we may be able to help with your case.

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Disability Insurance Denial in California

Insurance companies may wrongfully deny legitimate disability claims, leaving many victims feeling helpless. However, it’s important to remember that you have the right to appeal your insurance company’s decision.

Over 60% of disability claims are initially denied, according to the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).

Working with an experienced disability attorney in California can help level the playing field between you and your insurance company.

“When I got sick and couldn't work anymore, my insurance company denied my long-term disability claim. I felt lost and betrayed. But then I found Sokolove Law. They listened and cared about my story. Now, I have the help I need to move forward.”
– Sokolove Law Client in California 

Our team can inform you of your rights, guide you through the appeals process, and fight for you in court if you have a case. Find out more about the types of denied disability claims we can help with below.

California Long-Term Disability Insurance Denial

Long-term disability insurance in California provides workers with compensation when they are too injured or sick to complete tasks required at their job.

Unfortunately, many long-term disability insurance providers are known for: 

  • Denying valid claims in order to protect their profits
  • Creating a confusing claims process to encourage policyholders to abandon their claim or make errors
  • Intentionally prolonging their decisions since appeals can’t be filed without a denial letter

If your claim was wrongly denied, it’s important to act fast so you don’t miss your chance to file an appeal.

Get a free case review now to see if our California long-term disability attorneys can fight for the benefits you’re owed.

Social Security Disability in California

Many employees contribute to the government’s Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program with every paycheck.

While these funds are set aside to help employees who have been unable to work for over 12 months due to a medical condition, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may wrongfully deny your claim.

If you were denied SSD benefits, a California social security disability lawyer can handle the complex paperwork required to appeal your denial. Let us help you secure the benefits you deserve from the SSA.

Veterans Disability Denial in CA

Benefits for disabled veterans are offered through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

To be eligible for these benefits, you must have:

  • A service-related disability
  • Been dishonorably discharged

If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces and were later denied military disability benefits, our VA disability lawyers in California may be able to help you file an appeal.

Remember, denials aren’t the end of the claims process. We may be able to help you appeal your insurer’s decision and secure benefits on your behalf.

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How Our California Disability Lawyers Can Help

Insurance companies often have teams of legal professionals and billions of dollars at their disposal. By working with our denied disability lawyers in California, we can even the playing field and help you fight for the compensation you deserve.

At Sokolove Law, our team will handle every step of the appeal process for you, so you can focus on your health. Our goal is to minimize the disruptions in your life and maximize the compensation you may receive.

1. Contact Sokolove Law After an LTD Claim Denial

If your long-term disability claim is denied, a California bad faith insurance lawyer can help you understand why and develop a thorough appeal against the company’s decision.

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for clients facing denied disability claims. We know the ins and outs of these laws and the tactics insurance companies use to protect their profits.

Get a free, no-obligation case review now to see if we can help you fight back against your insurer’s denial.

2. We’ll Gather Evidence for Your Claim

Our team will determine why your insurance provider denied your claim and what additional information may be needed to change their decision.

To help strengthen your appeal, your legal team may:

  • Get testimony from medical experts
  • Gather statements from people who can assess how your impairment impacts your ability to work
  • Collect additional records to prove your injury
  • Identify and fix any administrative errors or technicalities set in place by the insurance company

We’ll use this evidence to present a strong case on your behalf and show that the insurance company wrongly denied your claim.

3. We’ll File Your LTD Appeal

Long-term disability laws in California allow victims to appeal a denial from their insurance companies. In some instances, you may even be able to file a second appeal if your first was denied.

Our California long-term disability attorneys can create a strong appeal on your behalf and file it before any deadlines. If you don’t file your appeal within these deadlines, you won’t be able to pursue the benefits you may be entitled to.

4. You Get Paid or We’ll Fight in Court

If your appeal is successful, your insurance company will begin paying out your disability benefits. Depending on your policy, you may be able to receive back pay for any delays in the claims process as well.

If your appeal is unsuccessful, our California denied disability attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit on your behalf and fight for your benefits in court.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to see if we can help you get the benefits you deserve.

Our Past California Long-Term Disability Settlements

At Sokolove Law, we’ve recovered over $130 Million for clients who were wrongfully denied long-term disability benefits by their insurance providers — including many clients in California.

Some of our past long-term disability denial settlements include:

  • $1.36 Million to a Southern California client with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • $1.15 Million for an Alameda  woman with a denied disability claim
  • $800,000 to a San Mateo man with a denied Unum long-term disability claim
  • $656,000 for a woman in San Bernardino facing an unfair claim denial
  • $400,000 to a long-term disability insurance denial case
  • $110,000 for a woman with a denied Unum disability claim
  • $450,000 to a client who was denied disability benefits
  • $675,000 for a long-term disability denial case in Gustine
  • $725,000 to a Moreno Valley disability denial

While there’s never a guarantee of success, long-term disability settlements can help individuals and families pay for medical bills, daily living expenses, and more.

This compensation often serves as much-needed financial relief for those who have been unable to work.

Long-Term Disability Insurance Providers in California

When insurance companies intentionally refuse legitimate claims filed by their policyholders, they are considered to be acting in bad faith. 

Many disability insurance carriers across the country have been fined millions of dollars for wrongfully denying claims.

Insurance companies known for long-term disability denial include:

This list is not exhaustive. If your long-term disability insurance claim was denied, but your insurer isn't listed above, contact Sokolove Law. We can help you determine your eligibility to appeal — for free.

“Through all the ups and downs, Sokolove Law stood by my side. They guided me through the legal process, explaining everything in a way that made sense to me. With their expertise, I felt like I had a fighting chance.”
– Massachusetts Mechanic & Firm Client

Let Our California Disability Attorneys Fight For You

At Sokolove Law, our California disability attorneys have the resources and experience needed to help you appeal a denied long-term disability claim.

We’ve recovered over $130 Million in disability compensation for families nationwide — and we may be able to help you too.

There are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our team. We only get paid if your case results in compensation.

Call (800) 995-1212 now or fill out our contact form to see if you can get help filing an appeal and standing up to your insurance provider.

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San Francisco, CA

Long-Term Disability Lawyer in California FAQs

How do I find the best disability lawyers in California?

To find the best California disability lawyer for your case, be sure to look for someone who can offer:

  • A proven track record of results
  • Decades of experience
  • Access to key resources
  • No financial risks

At Sokolove Law, our California long-term disability lawyers can offer you all of these benefits and more. We can handle your denied claim regardless of where you’re located in the state.

Contact us now to see if we can fight for compensation on your behalf.

How much does a California disability insurance lawyer cost?

At Sokolove Law, there are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our California disability insurance lawyers.

We work on a contingency-fee basis, which means we only get paid if we successfully secure compensation for you.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to get started with a free, no-obligation case review.

What is considered a disability in California?

In California, a disability is considered any physical or mental condition that limits someone’s ability to complete meaningful activities, like tasks required for their job.

Medical conditions that qualify for long-term disability in California include:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Cancer
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Heart disease
  • Herniated disc
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Spine disorders
  • Stroke

This list is not exhaustive, and qualifying medical conditions can vary from policy to policy.

Does ERISA apply to long-term disability?

Yes. In some instances. If your disability insurance is provided by a private-sector employer, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) may apply to your LTD claim.

ERISA regulates different aspects of long-term disability claims, including the:

  • Requirements to file a claim and receive benefits
  • Timeline for a decision on your benefits
  • Denial process and your rights to appeal or sue

A California ERISA disability lawyer can help you understand the claims and appeals process, as well as your rights under ERISA.

Fill out our contact form now to find out if we can help you seek justice.

How do you qualify for long-term disability in California?

To qualify for long-term disability in California, your medical condition must:

  • Meet criteria outlined by the Social Security Administration (SSA) or your insurance company
  • Limit your ability to work for a certain amount of time (usually 6 months to 1 year, depending on your policy)

If your claim was denied, we can help determine your eligibility to fight back — for free.

Call (800) 995-1212 now to get started.

How much do you get for long-term disability in California?

California long-term disability plans usually pay out a percentage of your monthly salary until a certain age or until you’re able to work again.

For example, some employees at California State University may be eligible for over 66% of their base salary up to $10,000 a month.

Contact Sokolove Law now to see if our disability lawyers in California can fight to maximize your potential compensation.

Sokolove Law Affiliations and Recognition

Our Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Justice
  • California State Bar Association

Recognition

  • National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • Top 10 Asbestos & Mesothelioma Trial Lawyers
  • U.S. News & World Report - 2022 Best Law Firms / Best Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell - 2022 Peer-Reviewed for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Sokolove Law Local Reviews

  • Better Business Bureau® (BBB): A+ Rating since 2013
  • Average Google Rating: 4.6/5

Local California Areas We Serve

While Sokolove Law helps people throughout the country, we provide our services to people across the entire state of California as well.

Sokolove Law serves locations across California, including:

  • Anaheim
  • Bakersfield
  • Bell Gardens
  • Chu
  • El Segundo
  • Encino
  • Fontana
  • Fresno
  • Hawthorne
  • Hesperia
  • La Puente
  • Long Beach
  • Los Angeles
  • Norwalk
  • Novato
  • Oakland
  • Oxnard
  • Pacoima
  • Palmdale
  • Pittsburg
  • Rialto
  • Riverside
  • Sacramento
  • San Bernardino
  • San Diego
  • San Francisco
  • San Jose
  • Santa Ana
  • South Gate
  • Sylmar
  • Westminster
  • And more

California Zip Codes We Serve

As a national law firm, Sokolove Law can help clients and their families wherever they may be in the U.S., including across the state of California.

Some of the zip codes we serve in California include: 

  • 90003
  • 90011
  • 90044
  • 90201
  • 90250
  • 90280
  • 90650
  • 90706
  • 90805
  • 91331
  • 91335
  • 91342
  • 91706
  • 91709
  • 91744
  • 91910
  • 91911
  • 92126
  • 92154
  • 92335
  • 92336
  • 92345
  • 92376
  • 92503
  • 92563
  • 92592
  • 92683
  • 92704
  • 92804
  • 92805
  • 92880
  • 93033
  • 93257
  • 93274
  • 93306
  • 93307
  • 93535
  • 93550
  • 93722
  • 93727
  • 94112
  • 94533
  • 94544
  • 94565
  • 95076
  • 95630
  • 95823
  • 92553

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  2. Social Security Administration. “Annual Statistical Report on the Social Security Disability Insurance Program, 2020.” Retrieved from: https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/di_asr/2020/sect04.html. Accessed on July 9, 2024.
  3. Social Security Administration. “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security.” Retrieved from: https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/evidentiary.htm. Accessed on July 9, 2024.