Can my long term disability through my employer be denied because they are incorrectly saying my condition was pre-existing?

Asked 10 months ago - Richmond, VA

I was diagnosed with a spinal condition and underwent major surgery with a long recovery. It is time to switch over to the long term disability plan through my employer. My employer is now saying that my condition "Might" have been pre-existing from before they adopted their long term disability policy. They are saying that my general practitioner "treated" me for my condition, which he did not. He misdiagnosed me with carpal tunnel. No treatment. I returned later with new symptoms. He referred me to a specialist who then provided correct diagnosis and surgery. Certainly, the long term dis. company has to go by the date of my actual diagnosis supported by medical imaging? I am not getting paid. Need help.

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  1. Benjamin Weaver Glass III

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  2. Robert Andrew Kerr

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    Answered . The answer, most likely, depends on how "pre-existing" is defined in the policy.

    Often have a pre-existing condition can mean that you received, or should have received, treatment, medicine, or testing for any condition during the preceding time period in question.

    Look at the policy and/or consult with an attorney who handles disability claims to get more clarification.

  3. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . A local Richmond lawyer would need to review the policy. Avvo has a "find a lawyer" tool

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