“OK, now that I have had a chance to calmly review the documents, I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I am certain that if I would have tried to do this myself, I would not have had the same level of success. I am so grateful that I had you to navigate me through this process so that I could avoid the pitfalls that I know Guardian had in store for me. I truly appreciate all that you have done for me. I have never met you in person. But I will think of you every month, probably for the rest of my life, when I receive my benefits.
I can never thank you enough for your assistance, professionalism and the reassurance provided for me through this ordeal.”
We regularly receive notes from clients who appreciate the work we do on their behalf. We think their own words speak for themselves.
“I looked online nationwide and was fortunate to discover several local firms specializing in this type of legal representation. I decided to consult with two law firms and choose afterwards. They were experienced and professional and their location was most convenient. I must confess that (because I had already paid them $500 for the consultation and because of their convenient location), I almost cancelled my consultation appointment with you. Thank god I did consult with you, and boy did I make the right decision.
I knew about speaking with you for 5 minutes that I was in the right place….Your unique approach….. avoided the intentional pitfalls which were incorporated in the application provided by the insurance carrier…. Eight weeks later I received an approval for total disability….Your fees were extremely reasonable. You were always available if I did have a question. You updated me regularly on the status of my application. You were aware of when and who to nudge at DMS to keep the process moving and most important of all you were successful in obtaining for me my maximum benefits in a minimal amount of time. I can never thank you enough for your assistance, professionalism and the reassurance provided for me through this ordeal.”
Thank you to our client, and many others like him, for sharing his kind words.
Far More Than “Just a Client”
Our disability law firm works with people and their families, often during the darkest times in their lives. They are struggling to come to terms with their illness or disability. They are adjusting to a completely changed identity, and a life that’s been turned upside down. We take our representation of our clients very seriously, and it is always heartwarming to receive notes like this one that we received recently.
Hands Down the Very Best Law Firm
“My experience with Justin Frankel was excellent! He is professional, knowledgeable, confident & kind! Justin went out of his way to communicate, be calming and caring. Hands down the very best law firm out there! Justin and his team look out for your best interest and support you throughout the entire process. I highly recommend this firm! Thank you for everything!” V.
“I am grateful to have you Jason. I know I’m just a client, but your partnership against these people literally allows me to live what’s left of my life with dignity and I hope you understand just how much that means.”
Our clients aren’t paper files to us. They’re real people, facing overwhelming challenges, and we are proud to help them.
A nurse administrator from Maine posted this review on Avvo about how Jason helped her with a CIGNA disability policy
“I can’t say enough positive things about Jason and his group. He saved me! My insurance had actually cut me off, because my Dr. had checked the wrong box – they didn’t call, ask questions, verify, etc. after years of my condition and the medical form always being the same. I have a chronic issue that will not go away or get better. Instead they cut off my income that day – with no notice. All of a sudden I had no income – and had no idea how to appeal their decision.
I thank God I found Jason as he walked me through all of the steps to maximize my supporting information, records etc. that would be needed to send in. Then he added his special legal input and documentation – and after a year of fighting them, my benefits were restored – AND I was provided the back pay!!! He knew exactly what to do, what to say, what to have me do etc. I could never have done an appeal without him and won. It was the best decision I could have made. Jason and his staff worked wonders and then I kept him each year to review the required annual insurance medical updates before submitting to the insurance company – just in case the insurance tried to pull something else.
He was there to advise and assist before sending in each annual update. Each year we would collect the latest medical information and I would write a cover letter to describe my situation. He would critique and submit everything I sent him as well as any other information he wanted to add to support my case. He was always very patient, responsive, quick to produce what we needed, helped me step by step, and was always available when I needed him. Such a pleasure to work with.
He really did save me! The benefit went for the entire policy period until I just aged out this year. I could not have made it without this earned disability from my employer. I can’t thank Jason and his firm enough and would recommend them HIGHLY for anyone!! Just can’t say enough good things.”
A testimonial on Avvo: “Jason’s only objective is to protect your interest.”
“For anyone that suffers from Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome you need to reach out to a disability lawyer that specializes in this area. Don’t be fooled by the insurance company. They will act like your friend to get you to say what will help them deny your claim. Having your doctor state you are disabled and no longer able to work because of your diagnosis and symptoms is simply not enough. I personally have used Jason Newfield from Frankel and Newfield. His practice is built upon getting you the disability benefits that you are entitled to. No he cannot guarantee you that benefits will be paid but he will put in the time and effort to give you the best opportunity to receive the benefits you are entitled to.
Remember the insurance companies only objective is to find a way to deny your claim. Jason’s only objective is protect your interest. He has an enormous amount of experience knowing the do’s and don’t. Equally important I’m sure that your disability insurance provider is one that he most likely has dealt with in the past. I won’t lie, there is a cost associated having legal representation but I will tell you that the cost of not being properly represented is far greater. I cannot over emphasize that the insurance company will do and use whatever tactic is necessary, and then some, that is best for them to deny your claim. Hence if you don’t present your case with your best foot forward, at the beginning, you could be setting yourself up for failure. You have to able to prove that your disability prevents you from working. As I have stated earlier, a diagnosis and list of your symptoms is simply not enough. Leave that part to the professionals.
Frankel and Newfield (Jason Newfield) is someone that I have been using for about 10 years. This is all they do. Prior to using Jason Newfield, I thought I had done everything right. I had legal representation but not someone who specializes in these disabilities. Jason took on my case when it was time to appeal my denial. Best decision I’ve ever made was going with Jason Newfield. My only regret was not using him from the very onset. I may have been able to avoid filing an appeal. Trust me that using someone that specializes in Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome disability cases is your best chance of getting the benefits you are entitled to.
I would like to close out by saying getting your initial benefits is only part of the process. You will need to provide the proper documentation, on a regular basis, to support your claim long term. As well, you need to understand your insurance policy. It most likely will have definition changes at certain intervals. Leave those details to someone you can trust. In Jason I trust.”
A review posted on Avvo: “I could not recommend anyone higher than Justin”
“I was referred to Justin by my insurance broker after I had an incident which resulted in my disability. He was a consummate professional and carefully reviewed with the disability claim process. He progressively defended my rights and stood up to the insurance company when it was necessary to do so. He is also always available and responds to emails and calls very promptly, which has made working with him very easy and stress free. Most importantly, he was successful in obtaining benefits for me. If you are on disability, especially if you are a professional/own occupation/higher claim value, you owe it to yourself to get representation and I could not recommend anyone higher than Justin.”
A review posted on Avvo: “Worked vigorously to win my case”
“The worst part of being sick & disable is not the diseases itself but the constant worry of private insurance company’s attempt to disqualify you! I knew I will need the assistance of a good long-term disability lawyer, but didn’t know where to look for so I searched the internet and came across the Law firm of Frankel & Newfield. After my initial consultation with Mr. Frankel I knew I have the right guy on my corner. Since then Justin Frankel and his Firm worked vigorously to win my case. They always kept me informed and contacted all my Physicians as we needed their testimonial about my conditions.
I will strongly recommend Mr. Frankel and his firm to anyone who needs an advocate for their Long Term Disability situation and proper representation.”
A dentist reviews Justin Frankel: “compassionate and truly cared”
“I am a dentist and became disabled. Having a wife and son to support, it was extremely scary imagining not being able to provide for my family. From the moment I first talked to Justin, he eased all my fears and told me that he is confident he will be able to get my long term disability policy company to approve my claim. I’ve heard from other dentist friends / colleagues that their disability claims have gotten rejected, and I couldn’t take that risk. Justin came highly recommended from one of my attorney friends, and I just cannot say enough good things about him. He is compassionate and truly cared about me getting my disability benefits, as he knew how the future of my family relied on it. He always makes himself readily available when I needed to talk to him about any concerns regarding my claim. He got my claim approved, and now I can start putting my life back together again! Thank you Justin for all of your hard work, dedication, and compassion! If any professionals become disabled, and need to utilize their long term disability benefits, I would only recommend going to Justin Frankel Esq !!!”
A review that was posted on Avvo by a Chiropractor in New York
“Basically, As I found out, the insurance companies do everything to find a contract stipulation or unreasonable arbitrary excuse or reason NOT accept a claim for disability. While I can barely even function physically in any capacity, in addition to not being able to work, my insurance company was so happy to use my weak physical condition and worn down emotional state to take advantage of me and further wear me down with perpetual delays and unreasonable never ending requests for documentation. After a full calendar year of complete emotional and physical exhaustion trying to deal with my carrier basically ignoring and delaying, all while getting every excuse and requests from them, I was at a point where I was ready to give up since I saw no hope.
Well, Mr Frankel took over and with incredible energy-vigor, his strong motivation and his great experience was able to get my claim accepted and paid after a short period of time. I was in utter shock when he phoned me to tell me the claim was approved. I actually did not believe it until the payments came, thats how skeptical and worn down and exhausted I was from dealing with the insurance company. I cannot thank and recommend Mr Frankel enough. I am so grateful. He truly knows the “ropes” since he ONLY practices disability law. The law firm is honest, sympathetic and all their fees were very reasonable. They were a godsend.”
Highly Experienced, Straight Shooter
“After a lot of research, I hired Jason to act as my attorney against my insurance company who had unfairly withdrawn my disability payments. I had been impressed by the reviews that I had read about him and the cases he had won previously. I was not disappointed! From the beginning, Jason was highly professional, informative and his attention to every detail gave me the utmost confidence that we could be successful. Mine was a complex case, involving a lot of medical information and data which proved no problem for him. The case ran for almost a year and finally in December we were informed that the insurance company had overturned their decision and would resume payments.
I simply cannot recommend Jason or his assistant Christina highly enough, as without them and their expert knowledge of the law and understanding of the complexities case, I could have never won and got back what was legally and fairly owed to me.”
An unbidden review of JASON NEWFIELD from a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Practicing Rheumatologist of over 30 years
“After a severe fall accident with complete shoulder separation (inoperable) and my third severe concussion resulting in cumulative TBI impairments that precluded continued safe patient interactions, Jason exuded the utmost professional guidance in my disability claim. I was lost without his diligent guidance in dealing and representing me as advocate for my claim. He had me sign documents that they were to deal directly with him as my representative and with memory impairments that was critical in hindsight for him to protect my rights and represent me. He was dedicated, ethically and morally behaved with the highest of standards and very responsive to all of my needs, whether perceived by me or real challenges with the insurer who may attempt to minimize their responsibility, while collecting a large premium for 30 years. I never intended to retire from practice of medicine, but when accidents happen suddenly and recovery is insufficient to preclude a safe return to patient management and interaction, I can not speak highly enough nor praise his skills and caring, ready to help me emotionally and represent my best interests in the face of potential adversarial insurance industry.
I truly am grateful that he enabled me to get on with my new life and adapt to such a stressful change in my identity without feeling guilt nor shame. I have been able to re-create myself in a positive way that would have been impossible without the skills and outstanding professional guidance I received from Jason. His integrity is highly commendable and I am impressed with his skill set, having worked with many attorneys over the years on non-disability items, eg.real estate, medical practice issues, contracts, etc.”
By far the best attorney I have ever known
“I utilized the services of Jason Newfield for my long term disability claim. I have had experiences with other attorneys for various reasons but Jason Newfield is by far the best attorney I have ever known. He thoroughly reviewed my policies and explained them to me at our initial meeting. He explained to me each and every step that would occur throughout the process of this claim. I always felt that he understood that this was a life changing event and I always felt like he put forth 100 percent of his efforts to do what was in my best interest. He knew the answers to every question I had and often knew the questions that I was going to ask and that the insurance companies were going to ask before they were asked. He is confident and clearly knows his line of work. He responded to every e-mail I ever sent him within an hour of sending it.
If you ever worked with an attorney before, you know that most of them don’t even return your phone calls or e-mails. He even responded to my e-mail once on the weekend, and once when he was on vacation. He is professional and knowledgable. He minimized my interactions with the insurance companies which helped take away a lot of anxiety. He understood that this process was scary and carried with it a lot of uneasiness, and he was instrumental at minimizing those feelings.I personally was in the healthcare field and his knowledge of the diagnosis I have was extremely impressive.
I recommend Jason Newfield without question or reservation. Ultimately I was successful with my claim and I and my family thank Jason for his help with all of our hearts. In addition, I know of another healthcare professional who is a friend of mine who used his firm for a long term disability claim. My friend was also successful in his claim. When it comes to long term disability claims, I could not imagine having any other attorney on my side.”
Frankel & Newfield. A must for anyone contemplating filing a Disability Claim
“I first retained Jason Newfield several years ago, when I was contemplating a potential disability insurance claim. We discussed the issues and my concerns, as there were a number of complicated issues involved. Jason was able to distill these issues and help me navigate through them with relative ease. When it came time to file the claim, the process was smooth, relative to the issues involved. Throughout the process, Jason anticipated how the insurance companies would behave, and was able to develop strategies to effectively combat their approaches. On top of his knowledge base and skillful advocacy, he was extremely responsive and timely to each of my needs, concerns and questions.
I have utilized many attorneys over the years on various matters, and his level of competence and confidence was unparalleled. I strongly endorse Jason to anyone who has a disability claim.”
COMMODITIES FLOOR BROKER, NEW JERSEY
“Please share this email with Justin and anyone else at Frankel & Newfield that helped work on my appeal. I just wanted to thank you guys again for all that you have done to help me and my family through a very difficult time. When Guardian decided to terminate my disability benefits, it caused great financial pain that resulted in us having to lose our home. A home that me and my wife worked very hard to buy and keep, a home where our son was born and raised in the only place he had ever called home. It was devastating to us and we have spent the last 8-9 months struggling just to pay our bills and put food on the table.
I don’t think we would have gotten through it as easily as we have without your help in appealing the decision that Guardian had made. It gave us hope that we had a chance. When you and Justin called me yesterday with the great news that we had won the appeal, it felt like a giant weight was lifted off of our shoulders. We can now start to put our lives back together thanks to the amazing work you guys did putting together a great appeal on our behalf. Thank you so, so much!”
And a special note that was directed to one of our amazing paralegals
“Christina, this next part is directed especially for you, but I would like for Justin to see it too, even though I am sure that he already knows how lucky he is to have you as part of his team at Frankel & Newfield. I know I called and bothered you way too often looking for an answer that I knew you couldn’t possibly give me even before I made all the calls. I want to thank you for being so patient and for being so professional while always taking the time to walk me through the process.
Thank you for your kindness both in your words and voice.
I just want you to know that every time I called and was a pain in the ass, you always made me feel better after having talked to you. I wish you nothing but the success and happiness you deserve in both your professional and personal life. You are special!”
Banking Executive, Florida
“When you are physically and emotionally unable to deal with your disability insurer, call Justin and his Team.After paying my premiums for 15 years, with hopes of never having to need it, my disability insurance company made it difficult to collect on it.After much research, I contacted Justin for help. It was the best decision for me. Justin took over all aspects of my appeals and ultimately my settlement.
I would not recommend going it alone. You need an attorney that knows how to navigate the system and has a proven record of successfully obtaining positive results for his clients. I found that attorney with Justin and his team.”
MARYLAND, PH.D., COLLEGE COURSE DEVELOPER
“When searching for an insurance appeal attorney, I saw Justin Frankel’s photo. He looked “no-nonsense,” smart, and to-the-point. And he was. He made minimal demands on me, made document submission easy even while I was changing residences, and his voice was reassuring. There were periods I thought he’d forgotten me, but he was just busy. He submitted the Appeal on time and what an Appeal! 113 pages long, brilliantly written. A published PhD, editor, and writer myself, I was duly impressed.
Justin Frankel and his paralegal make an amazing personable team. Efficient, eloquent, and effective. We won!”
PHARMACEUTICAL SALES REP, TEXAS
“Jason, Just wanted to let you know that I received the check today for the XXX settlement. I saw that you waived some of the expenses. I know you didn’t have to do that and wanted to send you a note to say thank you! Keep doing what you do, there are so many people out there that need an attorney like you.”
CHIROPRACTOR, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
“Wow! I can not thank you enough. You are an amazing attorney in so many ways. You always knew what to expect next and I felt so prepared each step of the way. I never imagined this process would be this mentally painless and that’s because of you.I also want to thank you for always being available by e-mail as well as by phone. You are the only attorney I have ever met who gets on the phone with the client when the client calls.
My family thanks you as well. I have a 7 and a 10 year old and it’s pretty scary to be disabled when there are people depending on you to care for their financial needs. Obviously there will be another hurdle in 2 years but for now we all feel relief. I do have some questions regarding my requirement to apply for Social Security disability and the impact of that on the 2 disability policies I have. I will forward my inquiries to you in another e-mail. For now, I just want to say thank you and have a great weekend.”
FORTUNE 500 EMPLOYEE, FLORIDA
“On the day I was placed on short term disability by my employer of 22 years, I made what now was the smartest decision I could have made. I hired Frankel & Newfield to represent me in the detailed process of applying for long term disability benefits under my group plan.What I have always appreciated the most about working with Justin Frankel is the access directly to him. If I called for an update or had a question, he responded directly and never more than a day later. His knowledge of working with the large insurance company was evident from the start.
Frankel & Newfield will work hard for you as they did for me, I’m confident. My benefits were approved without delay, and I believe that was possible because of Mr. Frankel’s years of experience and knowing what to expect at every stage of the process.I also recently settled one of my LTD policies for a lump sum payment. Mr. Frankel has extensive experience in this area also, working with the right people at the insurance carrier to ensure I had all the facts during the negotiations process.”
EMERGENCY ROOM PHYSICIAN, OHIO
“I would like to thank Justin Frankel at Frankel and Newfield for his invaluable assistance in guiding us through the disability maze with the insurance company. He was always honest and forthright with his assessments and gave myself and my wife thoughtful advice. He routinely got back to us with answers to questions quickly. I do not believe we could have been able to make a successful claim without his assistance.”
“I am writing to thank Frankel & Newfield for representing me and convincing my disability insurance carrier to restore my disability benefits. When I became disabled, I filed a claim. The insurance company paid benefits for a brief period, based on my physician’s reports. After a few months, they required me to be examined by one of their IME’s (Independent Medical Examiners). I don’t believe their IME was so independent, as his report contradicted those of all of my previous physicians. I didn’t stop being disabled, but they stopped paying me my benefits.
Justin Frankel of Frankel & Newfield was able to get my benefits restored without having to resort to costly and time-consuming litigation. If you have to file a disability claim, you should know that your insurance company will stop being your “friend” and will do all they can to deny you benefits. You need someone on your side. I would strongly recommend that you hire Frankel & Newfield before you file your claim and let them protect your interests.”
EMERGENCY ROOM DOCTOR, CONNECTICUT
“Several years ago, I was diagnosed with Chronic Lyme disease, which had damaged my nervous system and made it impossible for me to continue to work. Justin Frankel helped me navigate the maze of short-term disability and long-term disability claims. We were dealing with multiple policies, including an ERISA type with my employer and one individual non ERISA policy. The ERISA company had objected to giving me the full monthly amount, saying I did not follow certain procedures. Justin was able to resolve this to my benefit.
Justin and his partner have an established track record of dealing with some of the major insurance companies. It is not easy to have a chronic illness. Worrying about insurance companies is something you don’t need to have on your plate as well. The insurance companies have lawyers representing them, and you should too. I believe if you call Frankel and Newfield, you won’t be disappointed.”
HARVARD EDUCATED FEMALE EXECUTIVE, FORTUNE 500 COMPANY, MARYLAND
“For the last seven years, I have relied on Justin Frankel, first to get my disability claim paid and then to ensure that it continues to be paid. I am a Harvard educated resident of Maryland, and before I became ill, I was the director of the North American territory with a Fortune 500 company, reporting to the America’s President that reported to the European Board of Directors, working many 90 hour work weeks, evenings and weekends. When I wasn’t logging countless hours online or on the phone, I was travelling. It was a wonderful and demanding job, one that I would have gladly remained at had I not become disabled.
When I filed a disability insurance claim, I would never have imagined that I would run into a problem. Certainly my success in the corporate arena meant that I could fill out a few forms. But I had not counted on the insurance company not wanting to pay the benefits that were in my contract. I ran into too many delays, and the severe pain that caused the disability, along with the medications I must take in order to manage the pain, made it impossible for me to effectively fight back on my own behalf.
Justin and the entire team at Frankel & Newfield took control of my claim and brought things to a successful resolution. I could not have managed without their representation, and for that I am deeply appreciative. Justin and his team’s experience was above and beyond what I could have asked for. He was knowledgeable in all aspects of the process and genuinely cared for me as a person. I could not endorse a higher recommendation for this team. When I had an urgent need arise, someone was there to help me. If you need superior support in all aspects, this is the right team to contact.”
EXECUTIVE, FORTUNE 500 COMPANY
“I never thought I would have to stop working as a result of a disability. It did happen, however, and I knew that the last thing I needed was to deal with the disability insurer. I decided it was in my best interests to retain counsel at the outset of the claim.After speaking with attorneys from multiple law firms, I chose Frankel & Newfield. They guided the completion of the lengthy application forms and the doctors’ preparation of medical reports, filed the necessary forms and, importantly, followed up with the insurer. Moreover, the “logistics” of working with the firm were facilitated by their willingness to use email and to make themselves available for phone consultation.
Not only has Frankel & Newfield represented my interests successfully, their attorneys care about their clients. Frankel & Newfield is a firm I can recommend unreservedly.”
Medical Doctor – from AVVO.com
“This is a copy of my last note to Jason Newfield.Every now and then, you pop into my mind and I think of how fortunate I was to have you as my lawyer. I wanted to let you know again how much I appreciate your services. Your knowledge of the law was only superseded by your ability to reach out to me with patience, kindness and understanding. My wife and I always felt comfort with your personal attention to our difficult situation. In my practice of medicine, I prided myself on trying to treat each patient as an individual. The same holds true for lawyers.”
Business Owner – from AVVO.com
“By way of perspective, I have worked very closely with at least 20 lawyers – some retained personally, others related to my business needs. A few of the lawyers were generalists and some had practice areas that were more narrowly defined. In the case of Mr. Frankel I sought an attorney who focused on private disability rights and benefits as I had quite unexpectedly become disabled. Further, it was clear to me that “going it alone” with the insurance carrier was not prudent with substantial money at state.
I spoke to three lawyers who claimed to specialize in this practice area and Mr. Frankel was the only one of the three to convince me. As it turns out, he went way beyond my expectations. As a client I was treated as an individual, paperwork was completed successfully, and he continues to represent me — all dealing, for example, are through Mr. Frankel. He is an excellent communicator whether in person, by phone or by email. Similarly, the office staff is pleasant and efficient.
It is worth noting that, on at least one occasion, the insurance company attempted to find a way to reduce their obligation to pay. Mr. Frankel was on top of this and was able to get the carrier to decide in my favor.I would recommend, without reservation, Mr. Frankel to anyone needing legal advise and assistance related to private disability insurance benefits.”
MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL – from AVVO.com
“It was the most uncertain time in my life when I met Jason Newfield, who provided a reassuring and caring environment to walk through a challenging process. As a medical professional at the peak of my career, it was devastating to come to terms with the realization that I would no longer practice due to physical problems with my dominant hand. With Jason’s knowledge and experience we successfully navigated the waters of disability insurance…FCE’s, IME’s, and many forms. Recently, Jason was instrumental in maximizing a settlement from one Disability Insurance Company….and many years later I still receive monthly benefits from another.
From day one and through the years, Jason has always been compassionate, organized, responsive, and a truly talented source of support. Thank you Jason!”
HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL – From AVVO.com
“Mr Frankel helped me navigate a challenging professional disability claim. The most significant challenge is that insurance companies enjoy collecting premiums, but find every loophole to avoid a legitimate claim. They are armed with a team of attorneys that are difficult for the average person to litigate or even negotiate with. As a health care provider I had the good fortune to hire Mr Frankel to begin the claims process.His knowledge of the process in the health care industry is exceptional. With preplanning he was able to navigate a process that has every opportunity for denial.
Most importantly he clearly explains the facts and does not talk in legalese so that you can understand the process.
His thoroughness in preparation helps the process be more of a good chess game than a potential nightmare. It was clear that I was dealing with an expert on the matter that was most concerned about the process and not generating a fee. It was a challenging case due to the many details and substantial disability payments the insurance company was responsible for. He was able to get payments started within the month and have payments continue through the challenge process.
The integrity and thoroughness of Mr. Frankel made the process more successful and with resulting minimal stress knowing that I hired the right person to challenge the proverbial insurance giant. In my almost 20 year health care career I have had the opportunity to work with and establish relationships with many attorneys. I can confidently say he is one of the best at his craft with exceptional integrity.”
KNOWLEDGEABLE AND CARING – From AVVO.com
“After attempting to submit a claim to my insurance company for long term disability benefits, I was denied. I found myself in a situation where I was unable to return to work and extremely ill. It was difficult enough dealing with the illness, but fighting an insurance company was beyond overwhelming.I hired Jason and his team to assist with an appeal. They spent hours upon hours investigating my case, gathering medical records and truly understanding my condition.
They not only went above and beyond what I would have expected of a law firm, but they were so compassionate and understanding.Every time I had a question or concern, Jason would respond immediately. I was informed that the insurance company reversed their decision right before I was admitted to the hospital for the third time this year. I am now collecting benefits and I truly feel so blessed to have found such an amazing group in what has been the most difficult time of my life.”
EXCELLENT ADVOCATE – from AVVO.com
“I was destroyed by multiple medical problems and had no idea where to turn. I came across Justin Frankel and his partner by internet and by local referral. I was immediately pleased with his caring phone calls, emails, and informative instructions on the nature of the laws of disability and in the proper ways for me to work with my insurance company. Basically I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of paperwork and detailed and difficult questions and I needed a go between being severely ill and trying to deal with the quagmire of strangely worded questions, and forms. Mr. Frankel and his staff have been consistently open, honest, helpful, and took charge in being my advocate.
This process was unbelievably long, complicated, and even with a successful appeal this did not stop the onslaught of forms, refusals, delays, and demands from the insurance company. Mr. Frankel and his staff were absolutely friendly, able, reduced my fears and stress, and took charge in fighting for me. I could not have possibly done this on my own. My case is straight forward and clearly with multiple medical problems clearly and easily documented in the records and by my own physicians. However repeated delays, and denials were extremely frustrating.
I am so amazingly glad I have chosen to work with this firm. I am so pleased to recommend Mr. Frankel and his wonderful staff. Thank you so very much.”
Disability Legal Representation for an Appeal – from AVVO.com
“Mr. Newfield was referred to me by a professional colleague with a similar issue.From the start, my affairs both physical and emotional were handled by him personally with the utmost discretion and direction.He, as well as his office, are well organized and responded promptly to my inquiries. I was keep immediately aware of any correspondence through their office.Each and every aspect of the situation was examined and discussed and was handled with a persistent determination.He is extremely knowledgeable and confident about disabilities and the workplace.He helped me get through my difficult issues with compassion and support.Mr Newfield’s tenacity was demonstrated in his every movement towards the issues and their resolution.As time passed and a request was made to the office it was handled quickly and efficiently.The office is fair, personal, professional, easy to communicate with and has been successful.”
Chiropractor – from AVVO.com
“While in private practice as a Doctor of Chiropractic, the realization that the incidence of disability resulting in the inability to work and earn income was greater than dying. As such, it was important to protect myself in case of my own misfortune of not being able to practice, help others and be paid for my services. As luck would have it, after 25 years of practice I developed debilitating symptomatology which was confirmed by objective tests-in a nutshell I was unable to continue practicing my profession. Knowing full well insurance companies use any and every opportunity to deny a claim, I decided to be proactive and hire a specialist in disability insurance claims.
After performing my own research and asking for recommendations, I contacted Jason Newfield, Esq. This was by far the best decision I could have made. My first meeting with Mr. Newfield went well and set aside any fear, trepidation or cynicism I may have had preceding my meeting with any attorney. Having been in practice for years, I have had heard and witnessed my fair share of horror stories of self serving attorneys who win at the expense of their clients, but not vise-a-versa. Mr. Newfield clearly laid out my options of what he could and would do for me; financial considerations, potential pitfalls and challenges, costs incurred, etc. He assured me I would have access to him and his staff and he proved to be proactive, forthcoming and competent every step of the way. After reviewing my policies, he knew what I was eligible to claim and maximized the terms of my policies.
He exceeded my expectations of financial reimbursement by what was rightfully mine by contract and ensured I received my full benefits from my insurance carrier. Hiring Mr. Newfield was the best and smartest decision I made. He ensured the entire process was seamless vs. a potential hardship.I have referred clients to him and will continue to do so.
If ever placed in the unfortunate position of needing sound and professional advice and assistance in dealing with any disability issue, I urge you to do nothing until you speak with Mr. Newfield. It will be the best action step you take-protecting your rights and benefits. Always remember, your insurance company may become your biggest adversary.”
SUFFOLK COUNTY, NY
“Having to file a permanent disability claim with an insurer is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, usually happening unexpectedly. Having read his credentials and involvement in the education of others in the business, I was not at all disappointed in the representation Justin Frankel offered in resolving my claim. His advice and counsel to me was professional and appropriately advised. With my claim and, I am sure many others, there were factors which, although true and accurate, could have provided pitfalls for the insurer to exploit in honoring their contract.
Justin was able to deal effectively and quickly with each one, leading to a fully successful conclusion on my behalf. One other note about Justin’s representation: he did not run up his fees with unnecessary minutia. This was an extremely appreciated quality at a time when a claimant may have financial concerns about the future, and waiting periods to collect any awards that are due. I would highly recommend Justin Frankel for a time when you need someone with his skills and advocacy.”
“I have known Jason Newfield for several years, and I recommend him without reservation. It is hard to accept giving up one’s life long career in medicine because of illness. I am still struggling with it. Jason Newfield obviously could not restore my health, but, by his efforts, he helped me deal with the disability insurance people to considerably offset my loss of income. I remember the first day when he looked at my policies and without sugar coating the situation, he reassured my wife and me that things were going to be OK.
He was right.
I asked Jason if he would accept a contingency fee arrangement. He said yes, but advised against it. He favored an hourly rate arrangement because he felt strongly that I would succeed in obtaining benefits and that I would be paying him too much money if we went with the contingency plan.
He was right.
Jason is competent, empathetic, easy to talk to, and seemingly always available by phone or email. His support staff is excellent, always sensitive to my needs and quick to either connect me or relay a message to Jason. I learned in medicine, no one knows everything and having a network of consultants is necessary for a successful practice. Jason subscribes to this concept and makes use of this as the need arises. Jason Newfield is a skillful navigator through the quagmire of obtaining disability insurance payments. He is empathetic, reliable and an honest attorney. Hire him, lean on him; he will be there for you.”
CHIROPRACTOR, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK
“I have been in practice for over 26 years, but due to health reasons realized that I was unable to continue practicing in my chosen profession. A friend and trusted attorney recommended that I speak with Jason Newfield, Esq., known to be a specialist representing claimants in long term disability insurance and other insurance claims and litigation.Hiring Mr. Newfield for his guidance on correct protocol in phasing out of practice and obtaining the maximum benefits allowable from my long-term disability insurance policy was one of the smartest decisions of my life!
I truly believe I would not have been as successful, and my transition and ultimate outcome would not be the same without his advice, direction and confidence. Jason Newfield, Esq. is a man of knowledge, compassion, endless drive and dedication. He made a potentially difficult and contentious process seem effortless with his approachable, determined and insightful manner. He is a true professional and absolute pleasure to work with.Over the past two years, while working under the guidance of Mr. Newfield, insightful strategy and research was executed to aggressively pursue a partial disability claim, which resulted in receiving benefits well beyond my expectations.
Working directly with the partner of a law firm creates a dynamic where my questions are answered immediately and accurately. This approachable interaction eased much of the stress and anxiety that is inherent with this process and helped to facilitate a smooth transition of my claim. Calls and e-mails have been returned in a respectful and expeditious manner.”
C-Suite Executive, Mid-50s, New York State
“Nothing I write can come close to adequately describing the outstanding representation Jason Newfield provided my wife and me.I purchased optional long term disability when I was hired into the position I was separated from in 2012 due to multiple disabilities. When I purchased the optional plan, I did not anticipate the horrific events that took place after I became unable to perform the duties required by that position. After being denied long term disability benefits by the insurance company, my wife and I found ourselves distraught, wondering how we were going to manage finances, along with caring for our beloved pets.
After speaking with several attorneys, we found Jason. We were immediately drawn to Jason’s straightforward approach. Jason wanted the insurance company to honor their policy. This was refreshing to hear, given our previous consults with firms wanting to settle for a lump sum. We found that the amount we were likely to receive was nominal at best.During the entire process of appealing the decision to deny my benefits, it was clear that Jason was an expert. His eventual appeal letter to the insurance company was comprehensive and cited several case decisions, to include those associated with the insurance company from which I had purchased my insurance.
Mr. Newfield and the Law Firm of Frankel & Newfield, PC, are without peer as far as I’m concerned. My wife and I are convinced that without Jason’s representation, we would have been continually denied the benefits we paid for and were entitled to.If you are dealing with any insurance company related to any type of disability claim, I strongly recommend that you contact Jason Newfield. He will give you the straight, unveiled scoop. That needed to be done and was left with a sense of satisfaction, calmness and contentment. I am convinced that I had made the right choice in selecting Mr. Newfield to represent me.”
Engineer, New York State
“I was a new resident of NY State and suddenly found myself dealing with a debilitating illness and eventual career derailment. I wasn’t getting anywhere with my employer’s Short-term and Long-term disability claim process and had no source of income to maintain my livelihood and was in danger our losing our dream home.My health condition was very poor and found it extremely difficult to keep up with Dr.’s diagnostics, office notes, lab results and the subsequent barrage of insurance claims forms and bureaucracy. I realized that I needed an experienced attorney to deal with my type of illness (Chronic EBV), and could manage to a successful disability claim.
When I researched Frankel & Newfield’s website, I was impressed by their clients’ testimonials. It was like reading my own story. Also, I learned of Mr. Frankel’s Ethics award voted on by his peers and felt reassured that I was dealing with a top professional in the legal field. I was able to work out a contingency agreement for F &N to map out a process and execute a successful short-term and long-term disability claim with my former employer and their insurance carrier. Having them on my side made all the difference in the world and they were always available and responsive to my questions and concerns as we went through the claims process.
I would most definitely recommended Mr. Frankel and his organization. They are true professionals and I gladly give them my strongest endorsement for people who find themselves in a health crisis that totally turns their world upside down. They can get you right-side up.”
“I spent many frustrating months corresponding with my insurance company after becoming disabled following a motor vehicle accident. They not only flooded me with mountains of complicated papers but when they finally agreed to pay, they offered me only one tenth of the amount of monthly benefit for which I was entitled.In desperation, I interviewed several attorneys in California, where I live, but I did not seem to be able to find an attorney who could really help me.
It was only after talking to Mr. Justin Frankel that my situation finally turned around and the change was indeed impressive and swift.Within two weeks after Justin took over the management of my claim, my insurance began paying me not only the full monthly benefits on a regular basis but they sent me a full year of retroactive payments as well. A cost of living increase followed shortly thereafter as well as a refund for all yearly premiums.When the insurance company attempted to alter the agreement a year later, Mr. Frankel intervened on my behalf and they stopped harassing me ever since that time.
Justin Frankel has not only been most instrumental in getting me the full disability benefits, but he has been very professional and helpful throughout the last three years. He has always been very thoughtful and prompt in all his responses as well as extremely fair and understanding with his billings.
In sum, I feel extremely blessed to have met Mr. Frankel and I would recommend him whole heartedly not only to my family and friends buy to anyone who is struggling to receive their disability benefits.”
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