Is it too late to apply for long term disability from your employer even after seven years?

March 27, 2009 by Tips for Disabled People  
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This disability was from the job. My friend’s husband had a nervous breakdown on the a job that he’d work at for 30 years. This happened about six or seven years ago. He’d worked for St. Mary’s hospital. He’s currently on SSI Disability and was told that it was too late to apply for long term disability from his former employer. I didn’t have any answers for them. They’ve recently obtained an attorney who will take his case on contingency. I wondered why they didn’t file for this in the beginning. But I just thought I’d find out for them.

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2 Responses to “Is it too late to apply for long term disability from your employer even after seven years?”

  1. ironjag on March 30th, 2009 11:17 am

    Disabilities Feedback: I’m sure most state/federal laws protect employers after a certain number of years from having to pay on disability claims of this sort. It is not sound business policy to hold liability over an employer’s head indefinitely as most disablities that are employment-connected should manifest themselves a lot sooner than 7 years.

    It is going to be hard to make the connection between the job and the disability that far down the road. I hope this lawyer can find some way of getting your friend compensation through one of the systems out there. The fact that they are willing to take it on a contingency basis means they are willing to take a risk to try….that’s good. Contingency is risky for the attorney because he takes a loss if your friend gets nothing. The loss coming from all the work being done with no one paying him any fees UNLESS he collects.

  2. AL on March 31st, 2009 4:50 am

    Disabilities Feedback: You should ask your friend if they are drawing Disability Benefits from Social Security and not SSI as you mentioned. I believe that what he is drawing and not SSI.

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