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Our Practice Areas
At Bryant Legal Group, we excel at representing professionals and disabled individuals in insurance benefits litigation.
"I appreciate the prompt replies I get to my emails and phone calls. They are also very patient with my many questions and want to make sure I have a clear understanding. The result of their thoroughness, knowledge, and experience was a very quick turnaround and a positive result. I would recommend this firm should you need legal assistance."
Jane W., Client
Trusted by Medical and Legal Professionals
We Never Represent Insurance Companies
At Bryant Legal Group, we only represent people with claims against insurers and benefit plans. Because we never represent insurance companies, our clients know that we will do everything we can to help them get the benefits they deserve.
Our Experience and Reputation Speak for Themselves
Our attorneys have battled difficult insurance companies for decades and have earned a reputation as some of Chicago’s top insurance lawyers. And more importantly, we’ve also collected millions of dollars in insurance benefits for our clients.
We Deliver Client-Centered Solutions
Our clients are our top priority. We treat them as individuals and work with them to find solutions that meet their specific needs and expectations.
We Value Transparency
It can be difficult to travel with a disability. That’s why our team keeps our clients updated and communicates with them regularly, helping them avoid unnecessary trips to our Chicago office. We also offer flexible fee arrangements.
Deep Industry Insight
Over the years, we’ve learned a lot about insurance company tactics and perspectives through depositions of high-level executives and intense negotiations with their in-house counsel. We leverage our collective knowledge to build powerful strategies and practical solutions.
Meet Our Team
When you work with Bryant Legal Group, you’ll benefit from a team of respected legal and medical professionals. Besides being skilled advocates, our team frequently publishes and presents their insights at a national level.
Dr. Ted Patras, MD
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Our Chicago disability and healthcare insurance lawyers can explain your legal options and identify strategies that align with your goals. To schedule your initial consultation, fill out our convenient contact form and our team will follow up with you right away.
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is much more common than you think. About 37 million people live with CKD, and many more cases are undiagnosed. Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the United States; every day, about 340 people start dialysis. Many people assume they need to be in kidney failure before they qualify for long-term disability benefits. At Bryant Legal Group, we help people get the disability insurance benefits they deserve, even before they require dialysis or a kidney transplant. Keep reading to learn more. What Is the Difference Between Chronic Kidney Disease and Kidney Failure? […]Read More >
Dentists, orthodontists, endodontists, and other dental professionals often purchase long-term disability (LTD) insurance as a safety net. Many of these providers have built thriving businesses, and they know that an unexpected illness, injury, or disability can endanger everything they’ve worked for. However, you may be surprised to discover that dentists, like many other professionals, have a hard time getting the disability insurance benefits they deserve. At Bryant Legal Group, we represent dentists and other medical professionals in their ERISA and private disability insurance claims. Here, we outline some important factors you need to consider as you prepare your LTD claim. […]Read More >
An estimated 1.5 million people live with lupus in the United States, and roughly 16,000 more are diagnosed each year. If you’re living with this complicated disease, you know its challenges first-hand. Lupus is hard to diagnose and treat, and many people won’t understand how this “invisible” condition affects your life. At Bryant Legal Group, we’re here to help. Our lawyers assist people living with lupus and other autoimmune disorders through their disability insurance claims. In this article, we discuss the essentials of lupus-related claims and suggest some simple ways you can strengthen your application for benefits. (Please note that […]Read More >
If you have a serious medical condition, you may worry that you’ll soon be unable to keep up with the demands of your job. In fact, one of the most common questions we hear is, “Can I apply for disability insurance if I’m still working?” The answer is that you typically cannot receive disability insurance benefits before you leave your job — but you can start preparing your claim. In this article, our disability insurance lawyers explain the basics of a disability insurance application. We’ll also give you a disability checklist that will help you prepare your claim. Chronic and […]Read More >
When you live with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or another mental health condition, it can be hard to maintain employment. At Bryant Legal Group, we know how frustrating it is to suddenly find yourself unable to control your symptoms, especially if you’ve worked hard to build your career. Insurance companies, however, take a different view. Because they’re for-profit companies, insurers see long-term disability claims for mental health conditions as an expensive burden. That’s why insurance companies often add limitations and exclusions that can affect your ability to get long-term disability benefits for mental illness. Most (but not all) group long-term […]Read More >
When you’re unable to work due to an injury, illness, or chronic condition, the last thing you want to do is wait for disability insurance benefits. Unfortunately, many short-term and long-term disability policies contain “elimination periods” that must pass before you can receive compensation. What Is an Elimination Period? Under most disability insurance policies, you must wait a period of time before the insurer will pay out your benefits. This waiting period is called the elimination period. Most short-term disability policies have an elimination period of between 0 and 14 days. Long-term disability policies have varying waiting periods, but 90 […]Read More >
Let’s be clear: there is nothing “independent” about UNUM’s medical examinations. The disability insurer works closely with a network of doctors and medical providers whose primary goal is building cases against you and other UNUM claimants. If an insurance adjuster schedules you for an IME (independent medical examination), you need to be prepared. However, you can beat a UNUM IME. As part of our UNUM series, Bryant Legal Group outlines the IME process, discusses some IME doctor tricks, and explains how you can protect your long-term disability claim from a damaging IME report. What Is an “Independent Medical Examination?” Most […]Read More >
“It’s easier if we talk this over face-to-face,” says your UNUM claims adjuster. “We’ll drive to your home to go over the paperwork.” They suggest an in-person meeting. Unfortunately, UNUM’s field visits aren’t always designed for your benefit. Like many long-term disability insurance companies, UNUM uses these interviews as an opportunity to investigate claimants, and at times, discredit them. At Bryant Legal Group, we’ve handled many UNUM long-term disability claims that involve both employer-sponsored and private insurance plans. We’ve seen most of the company’s tactics firsthand, and we can help you combat them. In the second part of our UNUM […]Read More >
UNUM is one of the United States’ largest insurers and is notorious for denying long-term disability claims. At Bryant Legal Group, we fight for disabled claimants, helping them get the benefits they deserve. Over the years, we’ve handled many claims against UNUM, both involving employer-sponsored and private insurance policies. In our UNUM series, our team of disability insurance lawyers will explore the many reasons behind the insurance company’s frequent denials. Here, you’ll learn how financial incentives can skew UNUM’s claim decisions. As UNUM Grew, It Inherited Lots of Expensive, Private LTD Policies For high-net-worth professionals, private long-term disability policies are […]Read More >
Today, more than ever, we’re painfully aware of how infectious diseases can dramatically impact your life. Whether you’re dealing with coronavirus, influenza, MRSA, C. Diff, or another disease, you’ll likely need time to rest and recover before you return to work. And, due to some diseases’ severe symptoms and long-term effects, you may become permanently disabled. At Bryant Legal Group, we want to help you regain control. Our disability insurance lawyers help people living with both acute and chronic diseases with their long-term and short-term disability claims. In this article, we’ll explain the basics of a disability claim involving an […]Read More >