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Long Term Disability Lawyers in San Francisco

Fighting for Your Right to Disability Insurance

Sometimes, a disability is not a disability. Suffering an injury or being diagnosed with a serious illness that prevents you from working means that you are disabled. However, your insurance company may not agree. Its definition of disability may require you to meet specific characteristics in order to qualify for benefits.

At the law firm of Delfino Green & Green, our San Francisco long term disability attorneys believe that information is power. Educating you on the process of applying for disability benefits helps you understand what is necessary to demonstrate to your insurance company that you are entitled to benefits. The issues related to the application and any appeals or litigation are complex, but they do not have to remain a mystery. In the end, we want you to have peace of mind by having the knowledge of the steps to take toward a more stable future.

Contact us online or call us today at (415) 466-8544 to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced long term disability lawyers in San Francisco.

How Insurance Companies Define Disability

Insurance companies generally write disability insurance policies using two definitions: Disabled and totally disabled.

This is broken down further as follows:

  • Own occupation disability - this is defined as the inability to perform the material and substantial duties of the job you held before you became disabled.
  • Any occupation disability - a disability that prevents you from performing work in any occupation that you are suited for based on age, training, experience, education, and station in life. This is a more challenging definition to meet than own occupation disability.

Policies will typically state that “own occupation” covers a set period of time before changing to “any occupation.” This change-over period is typically when insurance companies re-evaluate, and often deny, claims. When that happens, it is time to seek advice from an experienced San Francisco long term disability attorney at Delfino Green & Green.

The Legal Representation You Need

With vital information at your disposal, you and your physician can make sure that the insurer is provided with all of the necessary information and evidence. With this data, we stand by your side and help get you the benefits you deserve through approval of your claim, reversal of a denial or appeal, or by prevailing in court.

Call us today at (415) 466-8544 and speak with a knowledgeable long term disability attorney in San Francisco.

Verdicts & Settlements
We've Recovered Millions for Our Clients

  • $10,000,000 Bad Faith Insurance Claim
    Insurance Coverage/Bad Faith Bad Faith – Pollution Coverage Prior to forming his own firm, Mr. Green worked at one of the largest and most prestigious firms in the U.S. He was the primary attorney on an environmental insurance case that went to trial in San Francisco. After a several week trial, Mr. Green came away with a trial verdict against the insurers with a value of over $10,000,000 in available insurance coverage.
  • $2,400,000 Disability Claim
    Disability – Neurological Issues Our client became disabled from neurological issues. Our attorneys were able to work with the client and his physicians to quickly assemble all of the documentation necessary to support out client’s claim of total disability. The insurer agreed that our client was totally disabled and paid his claim.
  • $2,000,000 Traumatic Brain Injury
    Traumatic Brain Injury to Child A three year old child was being carried across the street when she was struck by an oncoming car. The child suffered a serious traumatic brain injury when she hit the ground. Her injuries were so serious she had to be hospitalized for several months. Our firm negotiated a settlement of $2,000,000 by forcing the payment of all of the available insurance from the driver’s automobile insurer ($1,250,000), the entire amount of the homeowners insurance limits available ($500,000), and all of the amounts that the person carrying the little girl was able to recover from the negligent driver ($250,000). We then arranged for another firm to prepare and fund a large Special Needs Trust for the health and welfare of the injured child.
  • $1,800,000 Heart Condition Disability
    Our client became disabled by a heart attack. The insurer refused to pay, claiming that our client was still able to perform his occupation. We met with all of our client’s doctors, obtained reports confirming the client’s inability to perform his prior occupation, and ultimately convinced the insurance company to pay the claim in full.
  • $1,700,000 Builder’s Risk/Collapse

    A contractor suffered a severe collapse at one of his sites. The claim was submitted to the insurer and denied. Mr. Green reviewed all of the facts, researched the law, and brought together the necessary experts to prove that the Contractor’s Builders Risk insurer was responsible for a substantial portion of the loss. He also proved that a subcontractor was negligent and the subcontractor’s insurer also paid a substantial settlement. In total, Mr. Green was able to obtain more than $1,700,000 in compensation for his client.

  • $1,000,000 Heart Condition Disability
    Our client had worked for the government for many years when she began suffering from a serious heart condition. All of her doctors told her that she could no longer work and if she continued to do so, she would be risking further injury to her heart or even death. Based on thi
  • $1,000,000 Traumatic Brain Injury

    Our client suffered a mild Traumatic Brain Injury when heavy object struck her in the head. The responsible party denied all fault and insisted until the very end that our client had not suffered a brain injury and offered nothing to settle the case. Our firm assembled a team of world renowned expert‘s to demonstrate that our client had suffered a mild Traumatic brain injury. The case settled shortly before trial.

  • $985,000 Traumatic Hand Injury

    Our client was working at a manufacturing plant. While operating a piece of machinery, his glove became caught in the machinery and part of his hand was severely injured. Ordinarily, this type of injury would be restricted to remedies available through Worker’s Compensation. However, through the knowledge, ingenuity, and creativity of our team of attorneys, we were also able to obtain a very substantial civil settlement for our client in addition to the workers comp settlement of his case.

  • $975,000 Aviation Death Settlement
    A husband and father of two small children was killed in an aviation accident involving a small aircraft. Our firm represented the widow and two children against the pilot of the aircraft. By hiring experts in aviation (to prove negligence) and economists (to prove damages), and utilizing William Green’s expertise as an instrument-rated pilot, we were able to make a very powerful case and obtain a very favorable settlement that allowed the family to survive financially.
  • $700,000 Forklift Accident
    A construction supervisor went to pick up some materials for a construction job. A worker at the yard neglected to set the parking brake on a piece of heavy equipment a few yards away. While the construction supervisor had his back turned, the machine rolled into him, pinning him against the side of his pick-up truck. He suffered several broken ribs, but that was the least of his injuries. Within several weeks of the accident, he had partially lost his sight. By working with medical experts, our firm was able to directly connect the sight loss to the injuries caused by the machine that rolled into our client. The case settled at Mediation without any need for a trial.

Words of Praise from Our Clients

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  • “Bill Green is exceptional in the courtroom.”

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  • “The attorneys here are simultaneously the most competent and the most willing to go above and beyond for their clients in the areas of law they practice.”

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  • “I felt they were a strong advocate and were attentive and concerned with protecting my best interests.”

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  • “Bill Green taking my case was life changing, I truly do not know what I would have done had I not retained his services.”

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