Shelter Disability Services

Shelter Disability Services

Don't put your benefits and your future in the hands of amateurs. Our attorneys specialize in winning disability claims nationwide.

Firm Overview

Bill Allison has been fighting for the rights of disabled people for over 35 years.

Whether your claim is for Social Security Disability, or long term disability insurance benefits or both, our attorneys will help you navigate the treacherous waters and make sure that we leave no stone unturned to get you ALL the benefits you deserve.

If you have a question about how the process works, be sure to check out our web site!
Main Office
William T Allison, Attorney at Law
910 Pierremont Road
Suite 410
Shreveport  LA  71106
  • (318) 861-8432
  • (318) 935-0696
Long Term Disability
Bill Allison has successfully fought for his disabled clients for over 35 years, but now devotes his time to ERISA benefits claims. These are probably the hardest disability cases to win, which is why Bill focuses only on ERISA cases
William T. Allison, Attorney at Law, is a successful lawyer who has championed the cause of the disabled for over 35 years. He has helped author bills in the legislature and has testified on proposed changes to laws that affect the disabled. Although some might call him a sole practitioner, he is not alone in his fights.

Bill is of counsel to Fischer, Hathaway, & Manno, Attorneys at Law, the well known workers' compensation and personal injury law firm, and to the pre-eminent Social Security disability firm, Disability Law Center, LLC. By forming these associations, and associations with other ERiSA lawyers around the country, Bill is free to devote all his time to ERISA benefits litigation wherever a case may arise.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

Our firm philosophy is simple: We strive to be the very best in the fields of law that impact disabled people.

Bill Allison began his law career working for a law firm that represented corporations and insurance companies. He quickly became disenchanted with that work and realized that it was not his calling

Leaving the security of the law firm was not an easy decision to make, but representing the disabled was where his heart was. In the first few years, he handled a variety of cases, but over the years narrowed his focus to disability law.

As Bill honed his skills in the discipline of disability law, he continued to narrow his focus and now only represents people with claims arising from ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act). This is possible because of his association with two law firms who are among the best in the areas of Social Security disability, workers' compensation, and personal injury law.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

William T. Allison, Attorney at Law, handles only ERISA cases.

Other lawyers in Fischer, Hathaway, & Manno (Timothy R. Fischer, Donald Hathaway, and Mark Manno) are experts in the fields of personal injury and workers' compensation law. The lawyers of the Disability Law Center, LLC (P. Brian Spurlock, Robert K. Moffett, John P. Pintado, W. Gary Kennan, James R. Hashek, Nora S.J. Wilson, and JackA. Quarles, Jr.), are experts in Social Security law, and do nothing else.

Our lawyers are each experts in their fields. And all this expertise is in the varying fields that serve our disabled clients, including ERISA benefits claims, Social Security benefits claims, workers' compensation claims and personal injury cases.

We leave no stone unturned in fighting for our clients

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

There are a lot of workers' compensation claims lawyers, but most of them have no expertise in ERiSA or Social Security. There are lots of Social Security lawyers but most of them have no expertise in ERISA or in workers' compensation. There are lots of personal injury lawyers (just watch TV for a moment; it is hard to miss their commercials), but they rarely have any expertise in ERISA, worker's compensation or Social Security law.

There are some ERISA firms around the country, but most of them have no expertise in the other areas of law that impact disabled people.

Then, there is the unfortunate fact that many lawyers who practice in these other areas occasionally handle ERISA claims. It is my belief that this explains, to a large degree, why the win/loss statistics for cases in which a judgment of the courts are entered are so dismal.

ERISA cases are different than other cases. Most of the work has to be done before suit is filed. In the usual ERISA case, once the suit is filed, the Claimant can no longer add anything to the record. Let me explain:

ERISA cases are tried by a judge sitting without a jury. The "trial" consists of the judge reviewing the insurance company's claims file. As strange as it might seem, the judge doesn't decide whether the Claimant is entitled to benefits. He only decides whether the insurance company acted in good faith. It is certainly possible for two people to have different opinions concerning just about any topic and both be in good faith.

In the typical ERISA case, the Claimant will never have his or her day in court, never get to take the witness stand and tell his or her story, never get to call witnesses and introduce evidence to support his or her claim. There is nothing that any lawyer can do about this, but experienced ERISA lawyers know how to present the case in the best light despite these obstacles.

The only thing that the judge will see is the insurance company's claims file, so it is important to ensure that the claims file contains everything that could possibly help the Claimant. Experienced ERISA lawyers have learned the way around these restrictions and even though there will never be a real trial in most ERISA cases, we do win our clients' cases by making sure that what the judge sees contains every record favorable to the clients.

Case in point: Bill Allison was consulted by an emergency room doctor who had been out on disability leave for 7 years. He had spine problems. Hartford Insurance Company hired investigators to follow him and record video of his activities. They saw him go into a gym and work out, and they videoed him playing tennis. They terminated his benefits.

We took the case. We got his treating neurosurgeon to write a letter saying that exercise was recommended for people with his spinal condition. Through research I found a list of typical duties of an emergency room physician and sent it to my client. He reviewed it and made a few changes. I then sent the list of duties and copies of my client's medical records to the head of the emergency medicine residency program at a large state medical school and obtained an opinion that these were typical duties of an emergency room physician and that my client could not do them.

I then had him get a functional capacity exam and told him to take the list of duties with him. The examiner was of the opinion that my client could no longer work as an emergency room physician. But we were still not through. I bundled all this information and sent it to my client's treating neurosurgeon and asked him for an opinion about whether my client could work as an emergency room physician. He sent us his opinion that our client was physically unable to perform the duties of that job.

Now we were ready to send all this to Hartford. Remember, if we had just filed suit, none of this good evidence would have ever been seen by the judge. As it was, Hartford came to its senses and actually reversed its decision. No suit was necessary, no trial was necessary. Our client was (and is) a happy man.

William T. (Bill) Allison

William T. (Bill) Allison has represented disabled workers for over 35 years. After graduation from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Bill went to work for a downtown firm representing insurance companies. He says he learned a lot about trial work and about how courts functioned in that job, but his heart just was no
  • Bar Number: 2420
    Louisiana , 1971
  • Tulane University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1971

William T. (Bill) Allison

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