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Category: Strategy - IME

Top 5 Tactics Long Term Disability Insurers Use to Terminate Benefits

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Many people assume that they can relax once their long term disability (“LTD”) claim is approved.  While it’s true that winning your long term disability claim is a big hurdle, it doesn’t mean you’re entirely in the clear.  Over time, your LTD insurer will continue to re-review your file and demand proof of your ongoing disability.

LTD insurers use a number of ploys to justify cutting off your benefits after your claim is approved.  Below, the NYC long term disability attorneys at Riemer Hess will discuss the five most common tactics used by LTD insurers to terminate long term disability benefits.


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How Do I Prepare for An Independent Medical Examination (IME)?

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What To Expect From An Independent Medical Examination (“IME”)

At any stage of the long term disability claim process, your insurer may schedule you for an Independent Medical Examination (also known as an “IME”).  An IME is an examination done by a physician of the insurer’s choosing.  The IME physician will then write a report for your insurer evaluating your condition and stating whether you are capable of working.

Despite the name, IME physicians are not truly independent or neutral.  Many IME physicians perform hundreds to thousands of examinations for the insurer on an annual basis, meaning they are effectively on the insurer’s payroll.  As a result, they have an incentive to discredit your disability.

However, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself before, during, and after an IME.

Below we’ll answer common questions regarding IMEs and long term disability insurance claims. 


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