In Florida, 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 question 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 Florida – in fact, anywhere in the United States, or anywhere internationally, and we’ll explain to you why.
In the past few years, Nick Ortiz has represented individuals from Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and even claimants around the world (prior clients have lived in Morocco and the Philippines, for example).
The reasons why Nick Ortiz can represent people anywhere in the state are (A) he is admitted to every bar in the state of Florida; (B) 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. At the end of the day, that means most of the work in a file is paper-driven, involving a lot of brief writing and a lot of correspondence by mail. There are very few court appearances required. For these reasons, 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.
The long and short of it is this: 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 Florida, then please give us a call right away at (888) 321-8131 to discuss your legal rights, and even if you’re outside the state, we do look at those on a case-by-case basis, so you should still give us a call. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss your legal rights with you.