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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.
Mr. Crawford handled not one but 2 cases for us. I was so pleased with the 1st one that when we had another incident we needed help on he was the only lawyer that came to mind. He is caring, professional and will go to all ends of the earth to fight for you. In this day and age of Lawyers who will do anything for a dollar, Mr. Crawford still maintains his high level of character honesty and integrity. I would recommend him highly to anyone who needs an attorney!!!
I was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident that nearly took my life a few years back. Confused, worried and wondering what was next, I was given Mel Crawford's name by another lawyer who told me flat out that he is the best in the business. Upon meeting Mel for the first time, it became apparent that he handles his cases with the utmost professionalism and his clients as much more than a case. He is extremely diligent, detail oriented and established as an exceptional personal injury attorney. However, that is not the lasting impression that Mel left on me. There was always an open line of communication, he was honest, caring and did away with the negative stigma of a lawyer. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for everything Mel did for me and I would recommend him whole-heartedly to anyone in need of legal service. All I can say is, meet him one time and you will be assured that you as a person and your case will be in great hands. Thanks again Mel!