Short Term Disability Claims

Short Term Disability

Short term disability insurance benefits may not be covered by ERISA, but properly pursuing them can have long term impacts. 

Short term disability claims are tricky. Sometimes they are covered by ERISA, and sometimes they are not.  You should seek the advice of a disability attorney as soon as your claim is denied. Regardless of the amount at stake, an appeal of such a denial can have significant repercussions on future long term disability claims.

A short term disability claim may develop into a long term disability claim. The case must be properly documented from the beginning for a later long term disability claim to be successful. 

Contact an experienced ERISA short term disability lawyer today for help with your claim for short term disability benefits.

What is short term disability?

According to, short term disability can be defined as "an injury or illness that keeps a person from working for a short time." The definition of short term disability (and the time period over which coverage extends) differs among insurance companies and employers.

Examine your disability policy or plan to see what is covered before you file a claim. An experienced short term disability lawyer can help you interpret your plan documents.

What qualifies for short term disability?

Any illness, physical condition, or injury which prevents you from performing the basic skills required to perform your job for some period of time prescribed by the policy or plan can qualify you for short term disability benefits


For a list of disabling medical conditions, click here.

The successful appeal of a short term disability claim may provide the basis for a long term disability claim or appeal.

We have successfully handled short term disability claim appeals, which later allowed long term disability benefits. Short term disability and long term disability policies are often administered separately, even by different companies. However, often, you can pursue a short term disability claim and a long term disability claim simultaneously.


Contact one of our experienced ERISA attorneys for more information.

Temporary Disability

Our experienced ERISA disability attorneys and long term disability lawyers advise on how to improve the chances of qualifying for short term disability benefits and how to preserve your rights to claim long term disability benefits later.


Watch for policies or plans with these exclusions or limitations of coverage. Ask an experienced disability lawyer to help you determine what you plan covers.

Short Term Disability FAQs

Who qualifies for short term disability?

Whether short term disability is covered depends upon the language of the policy or plan which provides that benefit. Coverage is limited to the named insured or if an employer-provided plan, an employee meeting the definitions in the plan.

How long does short term disability last?

Short term disability benefits usually last 90 to 180 days but can last up to two years. How long short-term disability lasts depends entirely on the plan or policy.

What does short term disability cover?

Short term disability provides some portion of your wages, usually a fixed percentage, during your period of disability.

How do I get short term disability?

In order to qualify for short term disability benefits, you must follow the procedures set out in the plan or policy.

When does short term disability start?

Short term disability benefits start when the period prescribed by the plan or policy for the duration of the inability to work are reached.

What are some reasons short term disability can be denied?

There are many reasons that short term disability benefits are denied, such as an alleged failure to meet the definition of disability under the plan or policy. For example, the policy may only provide benefits if you cannot do all of the principal duties of your job.

Contact an experienced disability attorney today for a

free initial consultation

If you are thinking about filing a short term disability claim or your short term disability claim has been denied, you need the help of an experienced ERISA disability attorney.


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The Martin Law Group is dedicated to being your go-to ERISA attorneys and long term disability lawyers. Whether you are pursuing a long-term disability claim, life insurance benefits, or your pension or retirement benefits, we will meet with you face-to-face to discuss your claim at a location convenient for you. 


In an effort to make disability claims as easy as possible, we offer a free initial consultation. We often work with clients in Huntsville, Mobile, Birmingham, Montgomery, Dothan, Tuscaloosa, and Florence, in Alabama, as well as with clients in Columbus, Meridian, Jackson, Hattiesburg, Tupelo, and Gulfport, Mississippi, and surrounding areas.

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