I thought I would authorize release of my medical records, complete some forms and get paid the benefits to which I was entitled. I was wrong, and really got an education on how disability insurance carriers try to save money through patently egregious practices. I reached out to Ed and he not only answered all of my questions in the very first call, he identified the mistakes that I was about to make, and took over my claim completely.
Eric Harris, D.D.S.
Professor, Arizona School of
Dentistry and Oral Health
Had they not predicted every issue with my disability claim, I am certain I would have unknowingly prejudiced my rights.
J. Alan Rappazzo, M.D.
I filed a claim under my disability policy and was receiving significant pushback from my insurer. It was a lot to deal with, and I’m so grateful that Ed stepped in and took the reins on my disability claim. It provided me with the reprieve I needed to focus on my health and move forward with finding new opportunities where I could make a difference.
Terry Roach, M.Ed., R.K.T.
Former Professional Cyclist
President, Body Stabilization Training, Inc.
They gave me the peace of mind that everything that could be done was being done.
Drue Smethers, M.D.
Former Chief Medical Officer
Blue Cross Blue Shield - Arizona
After filing, it soon became apparent to me that my insurance company was going to take advantage of the fact that my condition was slowly progressive and that I did not want to undergo a serious surgery. I would have never received payment without Ed.
Ted Byers, D.D.S.
Multiple attorneys (each asserting expertise with disability claims) ill-advised me to wait to come back to them after my claim was terminated. Finally, to my extreme good fortune, I consulted Ed. Instead of waiting for my claim to get terminated, he immediately intervened and blocked my carrier’s execution of what had become a successful formula to defraud claimants of their rightful benefits.
Catherine Toye, M.D.
I can’t thank you enough for your work on my claim and attention to detail.
Brenda Kuhn, M.D.
I endured interview after interview, and explained my condition and my occupation over and over again, but to no avail. Finally, I contacted Ed, and he stepped in, got the company to back off, and ultimately negotiated a buyout with the insurance company, so that I no longer have to deal with them anymore.
Former President and Executive Producer
I didn’t have the knowledge or wherewithal to deal with what I may or may not be doing right on my claim, and it was giving me so much stress. They were constantly requesting information, wanting to speak directly with my doctor and I just needed someone to handle this for me. I could not imagine what would have happened if I proceeded without Ed.
Dan Hoffman, D.D.S.
It was fantastic talking to Ed! He knew my policy’s requirements before I even showed him the policy. After he reviewed my medical records, I really didn’t have to explain my condition, symptoms, what I did for work or why I couldn’t work—he understood everything perfectly and in a very precise and nuanced way.
James Chipman, D.D.S.
Founder, Southern Arizona Endodontics
When I called Comitz | Stanley, I was so relieved. They took over everything and I felt like a huge burden was lifted from my shoulders.
Karen Godwin-Canulla, M.D.
Ed did a great job with my claim . . . . He really educated me about the claims process and I realized other professionals needed to hear what I had learned, so I asked Ed to speak to the members of the Arizona Dental Association . . . . He did an incredible job, his presentation was both informative and interesting, so much that we invited him back to speak several times . . . . He is passionate about what he does, and it shows.
Karen Panietz, D.D.S.
Former Member of CE Committee,
Arizona Dental Association
Once Ed got involved, the insurance company changed its tune and eventually overturned the denial and paid me. Ed then sued them for breach of contract and bad faith, and we settled. Ed and his team were amazing. My only regret is that I wish I had called him sooner.
Real Estate Developer
Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (1998)
Ed and Derek helped me through an extremely difficult time . . . . They took over my claim and handled everything, so that I could focus on my family and moving forward with my life. They were very accessible and easy to get a hold of, and really took the time to talk through things with me. It was clear that my claim was a priority to them.
Collin Bowerman, D.M.D.
From our first call, it was clear that Ed was extraordinarily knowledgeable about disability claims, that he knew the insurance company’s playbook, and that he knew how to get results.
Chris Griffin, Esq.
Former Insurance Defense Litigator
Lord, Bissell & Brook
I head North Star’s disability insurance department. Our independent financial services company has 150 advisors and over 120,000 professional clients. Many of those clients are doctors and dentists who trust us to ensure their future and financial goals are well taken care of in the event of a disabling injury or illness. I’ve given presentations with Ed and we have discussed developments in the industry at length. His industry knowledge is unmatched.
Disability Insurance Specialist and
Head of Disability Insurance Operations
North Star Resource Group
On complex matters involving professional athletes and disability insurance, I turn to Ed Comitz for advice and representation.
Dana Hooper, Esq.
Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Professor, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Perhaps the most authoritative source on private disability law.
Jennifer Barnes, Esq.
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Comitz | Stanley has been an invaluable resource to our Association's members.
Kevin Earle, M.B.A, M.P.H.
Former Executive Director, Arizona Dental Association
Honorary Fellow, American College of Dentists
Former Executive Director, NJ Board of Medical Examiners