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How Do You Decide Whether To Take A Case?

I look at the following factors: the nature of the person's disability and impairments; the strength of the medical evidence supporting disability; the duties of her job; the policy or plan governing her disability claim; the policy or plan definition of disability; the amount of benefits at stake; the presence of various policy or plan provisions that limit or offset disability benefits; the duration of benefits; the unreasonableness of the decision to deny benefits; the amount of time left to appeal; and, any statute of limitation concerns (i.e., is it too late to file suit). It should be noted that if a claimant has already pursued his or her appeal on their own, but has not submitted appropriate supporting information, this may substantially lessen the chances of success in court. Additionally, an award of Social Security disability benefits is relevant evidence of disability in ERISA cases.


Seth has always been compelled to excel, whether it meant earning his Eagle Scout as a teenager, participating in theater, debate and varsity football in high school, his Rhodes Scholar candidacy in college, or opening his own law firm. He also perseveres in situations others might shy away from, whether it involves sky-diving, rappelling down a mountain, white-water rafting, participating in marathons and triathlons, writing a novel, or lecturing nationally to large audiences about the vagaries of ERISA.


Seth is committed to serving disabled individuals. He is proud of his work in prominent organizations such as the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) and Hospice. Seth is past-Chair of both AAJ's & TBA's Disability Law Sections, past-President of the Chattanooga Trial Lawyers Association, a 2-time recipient of the Pro Bono Excellence Award, and a 7 year member of the Board of Directors for Hospice of Chattanooga.