5.0 stars 26 totalReview Mel Crawford
Posted by Glenn
I engaged Mr. Crawford regarding a complex disability case. Mr. Crawford proved to be capable, diligent, insightful, compassionate, and efficient throughout the case. He worked closely with me as the client as well as with another attorney handling a related matter, resulting in excellent teamwork and positive outcomes. Mr. Crawford was meticulous in his analysis of the issues, and reflective on strategies and tactics, yet ready to take action or adapt to shifting circumstances. Mr. Crawford made himself available electronically, by phone, conference call, and in-person, as required. He demonstrated awareness and insights into the implications of my case for me as whole person, and taken together with his legal expertise, adept interpersonal skills, and deeply held ethical values, was an outstanding advocate. I would return to Mr. Crawford and recommend him in the highest way.
Posted by Anne
We called quite a few attorneys to find the right one to help on a short term disability case. Mel stood out from the reviews on this page and from the first phone call, he came through as someone who cares about the individual. He stood by us and helped us through hurdle after hurdle and even when at times we wanted to give up, he patiently encouraged us to see it through. I really can't say enough - I have never had to work with an attorney so didn't know what to expect. I have a feeling that Mel is someone special though and encourage people to contact him for assistance. Today I found out that the case was settled in favor of us and this will allow us to get back on track. Thank you Mel!
Posted by anonymous
When I became unable to work due to a debilitating illness, I naively thought that I could simply submit my disability insurance claim and begin receiving benefits. After my initial application and first tier appeal were denied, my employer’s human resources attorney strongly recommended that I contact Mel Crawford. Mr. Crawford specializes in disability law, I was told, and is highly regarded by colleagues and clients alike. After thoroughly reviewing my case, Mr. Crawford agreed to represent me and clearly explained the details of his approach, fee structure, and timeline – all of which seemed efficient, fair, and informed by his many years of experience. Throughout the process (final appeal and then litigation), Mr. Crawford was professional, thorough, and extremely knowledgeable. He welcomed my myriad questions and responded quickly to my emails, which went a long way toward allaying my anxieties during this physically, financially, and emotionally difficult experience. He was efficient with his time, spot on with his recommendations, persuasive in his well-crafted arguments, and determined to bring all of his considerable talents to bear on my behalf. In the end, Mr. Crawford successfully negotiated a settlement, which was – for me – the best possible outcome. I couldn’t be more grateful for his advocacy, expertise, and compassion.
Posted by Mary
I have an ERISA short term disability claim pending with Aetna. I have struggled to keep up with their requests, their questions about why I continue to have pain, Aetna's blatant insults, etc...I've been trying to find a skilled, passionate attorney to retain...you see I live & work in the state of Ohio. I found Mel's website, read about his successes and what a good person he is. I thought what the heck I'll email him to see if he has any ideas or recommendations. Mel quickly replied to my email and in less than 24 hours, I had a list of attorneys in my area. Mel didn't have to help me. Mel could have ignored my email. Folks, Mel is exactly the caliber of attorney that you want to represent you. My interaction was limited but I am completely overwhelmed by his act of kindness to someone on the other side of the country.
Posted by anonymous
Mel Crawford successfully won my appeals for both Short Term Disability (STD) and Long Term Disability (LTD). He accomplished these feats despite the fact that my debilitating migraine disease has no objective evidence. He achieved success with my claims while being attentive to the financial risk-reward balance of expert witnesses. He used clear, organized thinking to associate a broad and deep knowledge of legal citations to my disability. Reading his work, I easily recognized that my insurer’s games and tricks were no match for his no-nonsense solid facts and arguments. He simply deprived my insurer of any possible response other than “Claim Approved”. He is ethical, detailed, thorough, effective, and efficient. He is an articulate, formidable, Ivy League legal strategist. He applied all of his highly-skilled attributes and experience at full force for the purpose of obtaining a successful outcome to my appeal. In addition, he listens, acknowledges, advocates and educates. Mr. Crawford delivers astounding performance with an astounding personality. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Michelle
I was referred to Mel by another attorney and I hired him to handle my LTD claim when I was denied my LTD benefits for an injury that occurred at work. My LTD provided denied my initial claim even though my employer had accepted 100% responsibility for my injury. Mel won the appeal. My LTD benefits were paid 10 months after I filed the initial claim. Then issued one check and then tried to close my claim. Mel handled this and my benefits checks started being sent monthly.
Mel has continued dealing with my LTD carrier and has shielded me from the nitpicking.
From day one Mel has made me feel like his top priority.
Posted by Cindy Ann
I felt like I was on a ledge and everywhere - no one was able to help me. Mel has a very calming personality with an optimistic attitude that only comes with years of experience and understanding of the insurance industry. Also, he was sympathetic with my budget along with working at distance since I did not live in the Seattle area- we worked through it - together. He was able to get an appeal on my LTD by gathering the facts, working with my doctors, and pulling in his team of experts. Thanks to Mel, I no longer feel like I am on the ledge!
Posted by Rick
Mel did an outstanding job helping me contest a denial of short term and long term disability benefits from a large Insurance company. He took me through a comprehensive review of the facts associated with my case, and created an excellent document that was quickly accepted by the insurance company as proof that the denial of benefit was incorrect. Mel is very personable, and efficient. I would recommend Mel as an advocate unequivocally.
Posted by anonymous
I was very fortunate in finding and hiring Mel Crawford to represent my disability claim. The disability Insurance Co denied my every claim, even though Social Security approved me for benefits within 30 days of application!!! Mr. Crawford's specialty is Disability and he is well versed on the ERISA law. The Insurance Co denied my STD & LTD claims for up to 2 years. Mel's perseverance, expertise, and innovative style paid off when the Insurance Co offered to settle just days before my case went before a judge. Because I am unable to disclose specifics I can only say that Mr. Mel Crawford is one of the top Disability & ERISA attorneys available! Mel always kept me informed, and returned calls/email immediately. He is professional, compassionate and a pleasure to work with. Mel's fees were very low compared to the work that he put into my claim! Don't put yourself through the torture of dealing with Disability Insurance Companies yourself, hire Mr. Mel Crawford immediately!!!
Posted by anonymous
After no longer being able to work due to a disabling condition, I was surprisingly denied short term disability benefits, and eventually long term disability benefits. Luckily, I found Mel Crawford, who I hired as my lawyer. Mel helped me appeal the decision of the disability insurance carrier and then litigate against them, ultimately ending up in recovering my benefits. I could not ask for a better lawyer. In addition to being an expert in the area of law he specializes of ERISA law, being very well versed in the legalities and process of it all, when working on my case he approached my situation with compassion and understanding of the unique circumstances of my medical condition. Being unable to work, having to leave my career, and being denied for disability benefits has been a very difficult situation to go through, but though this whole situation, Mel has been a silver lining for me in that dark cloud and I am so thankful to have him as my attorney. I would recommend Mel Crawford to anyone needing an ERISA lawyer!