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Why Is It So Hard to Collect on My Disability Insurance Policy?

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 … Continue reading

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Unum Profits While Ailing Workers “Gut it Out”

In an interview with Andrew Frey of Bloomberg Businessweek, Unum Group CEO Thomas Watjen said that the economic slump has resulted in fewer disability claims being filed, with workers suffering from lower back pain, nervous conditions and other “more discretionary” conditions more … Continue reading

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Too Sick to Work? They Disagree

In the February 10, 2010 edition of SmartMoney Magazine, Brad Reagan writes: Once employees go on disability, critics say, insurers today are more likely to require hour-long chats on the phone, hound patients for medical updates and push them back to work … Continue reading

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Colorado Bill Aims to Prevent Unum-like Denials

In an April 1, 2010 article appearing on lawyersandsettlements.com, Gordon Gibb reports: With an eye towards preventing the kinds of practices once employed by Unum over the years and under a variety of names, including First Unum, Unum Insurance and … Continue reading

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Once ERISA, Always ERISA: How and why to avoid having your disability insurance policy sucked into the black hole of ERISA

Disability insurance carriers have increasingly used The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to their advantage.  While ERISA was supposed to be for the protection of employees, it is actually being used to protect insurance companies and employers. … Continue reading

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Comitz | Beethe: Proud in its Continuing Support of the Western Regional Dental Convention

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 … Continue reading

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A disability insurance Q-and-A

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 … Continue reading

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Long Term Disability Claims – By Age

The Council for Disability Awareness provides the following graph that charts the ages of long term disability claimants over the past several years.  The chart indicates that the majority of claimants are in their fifties. The disability insurance attorneys at … Continue reading

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Are Non-Competition Agreements Enforceable or Not?

Non-competition agreements usually bar healthcare professionals both from encouraging patients to follow them to a new practice and from practicing for a certain period of time within a certain distance of the former employer’s location. There is much debate in the healthcare and legal communities, however, over the extent to which these non-compete clauses are enforceable—if at all. The truth is that non-competition agreements are sometimes enforceable and sometimes not, depending on their specific restrictions and circumstances. Continue reading

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Ed Comitz Scheduled to Speak at Western Regional Dental Convention: “Disability Insurance: Will It Be There When You Need It?”

Ed Comitz will be a speaker at the 2012 Western Regional Dental Convention, which will be held at the Phoenix Convention Center on March 29-31, 2012. Mr. Comitz’s course is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March … Continue reading

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