Prior to her disability Hadar Meiri was Vice President, Human Experience Strategy Director for MediaVest USA, earning an annual salary of $165,000. In July 2014 she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer for which she underwent a total thyroidectomy. She had also had a history of Hashimoto’s Thyroditis and Hypothroidism. Following her surgery she continued experiencing fatigue and weakness. She also developed symptoms of brain fog, poor memory, fatigue, and poor focus.
Continue Reading US District Court Judge Orders Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company to Pay Long-term Disability Benefits to Disabled Executive After It Denied Thyroid Cancer Claim

In Rassekh Sobh v. Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company, Hartford paid the plaintiff benefits beyond his own occupation period as a Technical Operations Lead for Chase Bank and into the any occupation period. During that time, plaintiff had two back surgeries and claimed he was disabled. His medical records and reports from his treating physician supported his claim and he received disability benefits for many years from 2009 to 2014. His treating physician, Dr. Dryer, waffled between supporting his disability claim, failing to respond to Hartford’s request for an opinion and reporting plaintiff could work in a sedentary job.
Continue Reading Appeals Court Upholds Hartford’s Termination of Disability Insurance Benefits


A recent case out of the Northern District of Illinois reminds us of the hundreds, maybe thousands, of disability insurance cases we have had against Hartford insurance company. Although we did not handle this particular case, we believe our video and discussion about this recent case will be helpful to those who have had their long term benefits terminated.

Continue Reading Hartford’s Attempt to Limit a Nurse’s Long Term Disability Claim Is Reversed By Illinois Federal Judge

This is yet another case shedding light on the importance of timely exhausting administrative remedies before filing an ERISA lawsuit. In this recent case, which was decided by a U.S. District Court in Arkansas, Mr. Deaton, a former Walmart Stores employee, was on claim for disability with Walmart’s disability insurer, Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company (“Hartford”).
Continue Reading Arkansas court grants Hartford’s motion for summary judgment for claimant’s failure to exhaust administrative remedies

A California federal Judge recently reversed Hartford’s denial of long term disability benefits to a former manager that was initially approved from 2008 until July 2011. Hartford once again relied on their use of video surveillance and an IME report to wrongfully deny LTD benefits. Thankfully the claimant in this case took Hartford to court and won. While our disability attorneys have handled hundreds of cases against Hartford, this case was not handled by our law firm. The Judge’s opinion in this case was outstanding as it addresses all of the wrongdoing done by Hartford.
Continue Reading Hartford Approves Disability Benefits At Any Occupation Stage and Then Denies LTD Benefits, But Court Reverses

A recent ruling in a California ERISA lawsuit against Hartford discusses 2 interesting issues: 1) retroactive benefit awards when a case is remanded back to the carrier for a full and fair review; and 2) awards for attorneys fees and costs.

Continue Reading California Court Denies Retroactive Benefit and Attorneys Fees Awards Despite Remand Back to Hartford for a Full and Fair Review

The Connecticut Plaintiff, Heimeshoff, filed an ERISA lawsuit against Hartford challenging their denial of long-term disability benefits. Hartford filed a Motion to Dismiss as Heimeshoff filed her lawsuit past the 3-year statute of limitations which was clearly stated in her policy. The District Court granted Hartford’s Motion to Dismiss and Heimeshoff appealed.

Continue Reading Supreme Court Grants Writ of Certiorari in ERISA Lawsuit, HEIMESHOFF V. HARTFORD