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Insurance Law And Dentistry In NCDS Bulletin

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Being a dentist doesn’t seem like a physically demanding job, until you follow one around for a day. They spend the entire day on their feet, leaning over patients, holding their head and arms in awkward positions to get the right angle and the right amount of pressure on the patient’s treatment area.

It’s actually very wearing and many dentists end up with wrist, shoulder, neck or lower back problems as a result of years of repetitive motions. Those who can no longer perform the duties of their job often seek to make a claim on their disability insurance policies – and then run into the Catch-22 world of disability insurance: the FCE – Functional Capacity Examination.

The May/June 2012 issue of the Nassau County Dental Society Bulletin features an article by Jason Frankel, Esq., on the FCE process and the legal issues surroundings its use, and whether or not policyholders are required to submit to an FCE when requested by their long term disability insurance company.

Our legal position is that the FCE can be dangerous, and is not inherently reliable, and we often advise most of our clients not to undergo such a test. If you have been requested to undergo an FCE and have concerns about the test or the process, you should speak with an experienced long term disability insurance lawyer.

If you’d like to read the entire article, call our office and we’ll be happy to send it to you.

Justin C Frankel

Written By:

Justin C. Frankel - Disability Insurance Attorney

Justin Frankel is a founding partner of the disability insurance law firm Frankel & Newfield and is a highly skilled litigator and advocate. He has published numerous articles on the challenges facing clients with private or individual disability insurance policies and those who own group or ERISA disability insurance policies.

Learn more about Justin | See Justin’s Publications



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