In California, employer-funded disability insurance policies (as well as those paid by the employee as part of a group plan benefit with the employer) may provide short-term disability benefits and long-term disability benefits. There is one questions that we get all the time, and that is, “Can I hire you if I’m not in your local area?”
The answer is yes: Nick Ortiz and the experienced legal team at Ortiz Law Firm can represent individuals anywhere in the United States – in fact, anywhere in the world – and we’ll explain to you why.
Ortiz Law Firm is based primarily in Pensacola, Florida, but because most group plans are governed by ERISA, Nick Ortiz can handle a case anywhere in the United States. In fact, he has represented claimants from all over the U.S. and even claimants around the world (prior clients have lived in Morocco and the Philippines, for example). For those of you in California, he also has a bar law license in the state of California, so he can represent claimants at any bar in the state of California.
The reasons why Nick Ortiz can represent people anywhere in the state:
- he is admitted to every bar in the state of California, and
- Most long term disability cases (not all, but most) are governed by a federal regulation called ERISA.
Under ERISA, you do not have the right to a jury trial, and – in most cases – you do not have the right to engage in extensive discovery. What that means is at the end of the day, most of the work is paper-driven, involves a lot of brief writing, and a lot of correspondence by mail. There are very few court appearances required, and as a result, we can handle a federal court case anywhere in the state.
In terms of communicating with you, we use an electronic signature service for a lot of the correspondence, and then we e-mail and fax and communicate by phone, so everything can be done by mail, fax, and e-mail.
For those of you who are outside of Florida and California, Nick Ortiz handles those cases as well. In fact, in the past few years he has represented individuals from Alabama, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Arizona, and several other states.
We evaluate each case on a case-by-case basis. Nick Ortiz can either be admitted to your local federal court by what we would call a pro hac vice admission, or he can file a lawsuit here in the state of Florida. Again, what we do is we evaluate each case on a case-by-case basis.
The long and short of it is you should not allow our geographic location to limit your contacting us to see what we can do to help you. If you’re in the state of California, then please give us a call right away at (888) 321-8131 to discuss your legal rights, and even if you’re outside California, we do look at those on a case-by-case basis, so you should still give us a call as we would welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal rights with you.