Our client, a 62 year old former pharmaceutical sales rep, had been receiving long term disability benefits with Hartford Insurance Company for nearly six years due to chronic back pain, which had resulted in six surgeries in a span of several years, when Hartford abruptly terminated his claim for long term disability benefits.
A recent lawsuit filed against Guardian Life Insurance Company highlight an issue that comes up regularly for disability insurance claimants that have minor children and are approved for Social Security Disability Benefits. Monica Johnson has been receiving long-term disability benefit payments from Guardian Life (Guardian) since August, 2003 as result of her becoming completely and totally disabled in April, 2003. Under the terms of the group long-term disability benefit plan Monica purchased while working for EBE Office Source, Inc., Guardian is allowed to offset her monthly benefit payment according to the amount of Social Security disability income she receives.
Lily Rubinstein filed suit against CIGNA Life Insurance Company of New York, Griffon Corporation Long Term Disability Plan, and Griffon Corporation Life Insurance Plan in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York when the insurance provider abruptly denied her disability benefits after approving short term benefits six previous times. The insurer took away Rubinstein’s disability benefits even though her condition remains the same as when they approved her claim the last six times and even though medical opinion is that Rubinstein risks a stroke if she goes back to work.
A former Customer Service Representative (CSR) for COX Enterprises Inc. (COX) recently filed a lawsuit through a Nevada disability attorney against the AETNA Life Insurance Company (AETNA Life) at the District Court for the District Court of Nevada. In Sandra Rada v Cox Enterprises Inc as Plan Administrator & AETNA Life Insurance Company as Claims Administrator, the plaintiff Sandra Rada alleged that AETNA Life had not provided the plaintiff with a full and fair review of her claim for long term disability (LTD) benefits and thus seek the Court to review Aetna Life’s decision under a de novo standard.
A 49 year old woman said to be suffering from degenerative disc disease and disabling pain recently filed a lawsuit at the District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against the Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential). In the case of Kimberly Maserang v The Prudential Insurance Company of America, the plaintiff’s Iowa disability lawyer alleged that Prudential has wrongly denied payments after paying her disability benefits for 7 years. Despite a worsening of the plaintiff’s medical condition, Prudential determined that the plaintiff is no longer disabled.