A Federal District Court in Pennsylvania recently dismissed the case of a long-term disability claimant who claimed damages resulting from Prudential Insurance Company‘s delay in the approval of her claim for long-term disability insurance benefits. Although the claimant was eventually awarded disability benefits by Prudential Insurance Company, she still filed a lawsuit for the damages she allegedly suffered due to the carrier’s delay in approving her disability benefits. The Court ultimately dismissed all of her claims against the carrier for the delay. As a disability insurance law firm that handles cases nationwide, it appears that the lawyer who filed this lawsuit was not a Pennsylvania disability insurance attorney. This case provides a good summary of how restrictive and unfair ERISA can be, but an experienced disability insurance lawyer would not have filed this disability lawsuit against Prudential. Check out our video on why ERISA is an unfair law. To understand the Court’s ruling, let’s take a look at the case of Carolyn Jobe v. Prudential.
A recent opinion from the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan shows how difficult it can be get a court to award disability benefits instead of just remanding a wrongful termination decision back to the plan administrator. Although the Court in this action remanded the case back to the plan administrator for a new review, it did award the claimant’s Michigan disability attorney partial attorney’s fees. To understand the Court’s decision, lets take a closer look at the case of Luda Blajei.
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Ohio National Life Insurance loves to tell disabled doctor “no”
As disability attorneys we deal with long term disability insurance carriers such as Ohio National Life Insurance Company on daily basis. Most insurance companies do not have good reputations for fair claim handling so it is not unusual for our attorneys to encounter some opposition while handling a disability insurance claim. The conduct of Ohio National in a long term disability claim our lawyers are handling on behalf of a family medicine physician is disturbing. The conduct is even more disturbing because Ohio National’s most recent letter states, “Ohio National has acted reasonably and fairly in the handling of [Dr. X’s] claim.” While our client continues to be paid disability insurance benefits each month, Ohio seems to thinks that by paying disability benefits they are acting reasonably.