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My husband has a disability and his doctor told him to take a leave of absence. Unfortunately, Aetna said he was not disabled and there was no reason he couldn't work. We appealed with no success. Our doctor appealed with no success. We were referred to Mel and he was wonderful! He interviewed us and explained all about how the process works and what the insurance company is looking for. He took our case and worked diligently compiling all the necessary paperwork. He researched case law and cited case after case where judges had ruled in favor of people with the exact same disabling condition we were struggling with. He showed them where there were flaws in their paperwork.
As a direct result of his efforts, our appeal was approved. After 4 1/2 months of trying to live with no income, we are getting a retro check and will be getting our full disability checks in the future.
Mel is extremely caring, accurate and responsive. No one could expect any more from any attorney. What a blessing this man has been to us.
I feel extremely grateful that the first two attorneys I contacted for help with my ERISA long-term disability claim had just retired. Otherwise, I would not have found Mel. Easy to work with, personable, caring, time efficient, organized, and knows exactly what to do with regard to ERISA claims. My insurance company had been dragging their feet for months--neither approving nor disapproving my claim. Within one month of Mel coming into the picture the claim was approved. Mel is a true advocate for the injured or ill exactly when a person needs help the most.
I engaged Mel when I was unsuccessful with my long-term disability claim with my insurance company. My appeal was denied and they provided one more review of my claim. I decided it was time to find someone who knows the ins and outs of dealing with insurance company claims. I believed I had a legitimate claim, however getting them to approve it within the guidelines of the policy was a completely different game. Mel immediately went on the attack and completed the package for me and in the end they did approve my claim. So I received a good result and that might be the reason for my positive review. Not. Mel did exactly what needed to be done to achieve our objective and was very conscious of the cost and time spent to do so. I would definitely recommend him.
Mel Crawford got exactly what was due me in my long term disability pay out. He is a very gifted negotiator. I was treated with great kindness and respect. Mr Crawford explained every aspect of the process during the settlement.
Besides being a qualified ERISA attorney he is a very honest and ethical person. His fees were very reasonable and fair. I was surprised at how quickly he settled my case.
Mel is not only a great lawyer but a great human being. He is smart, knows ERISA in and out, and provides superior representation and responsiveness. I hired him when the corporation I worked for refused to pay health benefits. He was able to quickly cite to them the laws they were potentially in breach of, despite their refusal to provide any benefits documentation. I ended up being paid the benefits they had denied, thanks to Mel. When you feel powerless to help yourself, Mel's someone you can count on.
Mel is the BEST! My life changed for the better the moment I met him. I was diagnosed with a disabling condition, unable to work, overwhelmed at the prospect of dealing with insurance companies and ignorant of the law. In our fist meeting, Mel genuinely respected my personal experience, informed me about ERISA laws and procedures, and immediately defined a path to address my legal and financial concerns.
Long story made short: Within one year (record time, perhaps!), with Mel's guidance and assistance, I successfully resolved issues with the insurance company and began receiving the benefits that are due to me.
Mel's expertise with ERISA laws and procedures were critical to my moving ahead with my life. What made working with this attorney truly exceptional were Mel's insight, advice, availability, responsiveness and above all, his personal care . . all of which he consistently demonstrated throughout our work together.
Today, I still have my disability, but I have my life back . . . in large part because I met Mel and followed his advice. I cannot sing his praises high or wide enough.
Mel helped me with a complicated Accidental Death claim for my father. Mel was able to successfully argue that death from a diagnostic medical proceedure was an accident and the company paid the claim. Mel is an outstanding attorney
I was denied benefits for my LOA benefits for my LTD after being approved. My family and my husbands family told me to give up suck it up and go back to work. Mel worked with my psychology and we filled an appeal. Aetna declined our appeal, Mel fought and filled, worked and eventually settled our case. Couldn't have been happier and only wish more people would stand up for their rights. Mel Crawford is willing to go beyond what any any other lawyer I talked with.
Stand up for your rights
A quote paraphrased that he once told me was; they make you feel like you're secure with peanuts characters until you need what you paid for.
I was awarded disability benefits with my insurance company. After a short period of time they dropped my benefits, falsely accusing me. I hired a local lawyer from the yellow pages, and after several months I found out that he was doing very little to help me. The time deadline for my appeal was nearly up and I contacted several other lawyers who would not take my case because of the time limit. That is when I was given Mel's number. He not only took my case, but worked immediately to build my case quickly. His ability, commitment. and compassion to me was astonishing. He won the case for me. He has my highest rating.
I met Mel by chance exactly when I was looking for a lawyer to help with an former employer pay issue. His professional demeanor and personal warmth put me immediately at ease in spite of my concern about what I imagined would be a painful process. Working with Mel, I discovered that my concerns about this process were completely unfounded. His extensive experience, methodical approach, patience and compassion contributed to an outcome that far exceeded my expectations. Beyond the settlement that he expertly negotiated, I came away with tremendous respect and admiration for both the man and his profession. I have and will continue to give my highest recommendation for Mel to anyone who is in need of expert legal counsel.