Disability Insurance Industry News

This video shows disability attorneys Gregory Dell and Stephen Jessup discussing a win against Hartford’s denial of disability insurance benefits to a Human Resources director who was suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). In addition to the usual symptoms associated with arthritis of joint pain and swelling, his impaired cognitive functioning was of more concern to him. His initial claim for benefits was approved when Hartford agreed he was disabled from working in his own sedentary occupation.
Continue Reading Disability Attorneys Discuss the Transition From Inability to Work in “Own Occupation” to “Any Occupation”

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Principal terminates surgeon’s residual disability claim after following claimant with surveillance and determining his activity level indicated he could operate on a full-time basis.
Principal Reinstates Benefits of Orthopedic Surgeon Unable to Work Full-Time After Attorney Rachel Alters submits Appeal


Resolved Cases:
Retail clerk suffering from arthritis, chronic knee pain, chronic back pain, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder who was denied long term disability benefits after Cigna performed a questionable in house review is back on claim after Dell & Schaefer Appeal.
After Appeal Filed by Attorney Alexander Palamara, Cigna Overturns its Previous Denial of Long Term Disability Benefits for Retail Clerk Suffering from Bipolar Disorder and Chronic Pain


FAQ:
We have recently reviewed Lincoln denial letters in which Lincoln only appears to rely on MDGuidelines to determine an insured’s medical restrictions and limitations.
Is Lincoln Relying on MDGuidelines to Review Disability Appeals?

In this video, Attorneys Gregory Dell and Victor Peña discuss general trends with Disability Insurance companies. They note that no matter how large an insurance company is, nor how long it has been in business, all disability insurers seem to have the goal of denying as many claims as possible. The insurance companies are in the business of making money, and the more people they have on claim, the less profit there is to the business.

There are more than 40 long term disability (LTD) insurance companies, and they all seem to have different behaviors, which often change as a company undergoes new management, hires new workers, and develops new strategies. At Dell & Schaefer, we have learned how to work with each one of them and know how they each deal with a claim.
Continue Reading Disability Lawyers Discuss How the Largest Insurance Companies View a Claim for Disability Benefits

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Dr. Julie, a Pediatrician with ovarian cancer and neuropathy in her hands was initially denied long-term disability insurance benefits by Reliance Standard Insurance Company. After being referred by a local lawyer to Attorney Cesar Gavidia, he and his Appeals Team, successfully appeal the denial and recover over nine months of owed benefits as well as on-going monthly benefits.
Reliance Standard Insurance Company Overturns Decision to Deny Long-term Disability Benefits to Pediatrician With Ovarian Cancer


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After handling Appeal for Software Developer who became disabled due to a stroke, Attorney Cesar Gavidia files lawsuit in U.S. District Court Against Aetna Life Insurance Company. After being ordered by the Court to mandatory mediation, Aetna and the client reach a confidential settlement resulting in dismissal of the lawsuit.
Attorneys Dell & Schaefer File Lawsuit in Federal Court Against Aetna Life Insurance Company After it Denied Long-term Disability Benefits to Former Software Developer


Disability Insurance News:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides indirect evidence that the little bloodsucking mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas are becoming more numerous.
Summer 2018 – Welcome to Mosquito, Tick, & Flea Season

Resolved Cases:
A Respiratory Therapist suffering from Knee Pain and Severe Lumbar Spine Conditions gets LTD claim approved after appeal by Attorney Alexander Palamara.
Respiratory Therapist whose claim was denied without a proper review gets LTD Claim Approved after Appeal to CIGNA


Disability Insurance News:
Although this case was not handled by our firm, it is an important Court decision for any claimant needing assistance with a disability insurance denial.
Aetna Life Insurance Company Ordered by Federal Court Reconsider the Claim of Amazon Employee Disabled Due to Urinary Incontinence


Resolved Cases:
Attorney Gavidia prepared Sally’s Appeal addressing both her physical and mental limitations. It was important to establish that Sally’s physical limitations were the primary cause of her disability, and aggravated her long-standing mental health issues. However, by themselves, her physical conditions caused her to be totally disabled. After receiving the Appeal Aetna overturned its decision and reinstated Sally’s disability claim.
After Aetna denied Ms. Garner’s long-term disability claim, Ms. Garner filed suit against Aetna, and the Court overturned Aetna’s decision and ordered it to pay Ms. Garner’s disability benefits

Disability Insurance Claims FAQ:
Doctors face a unique set of challenges that must be handled properly when it comes to filing a claim for disability insurance benefits to ensure the best chance of claim approval.
Disability Insurance Challenges for Doctors


Disability Insurance News:
Aetna Criticized for obvious bias in reviewing LTD claim.
Indiana District Court criticizes Aetna for denying benefits to Amazon Employee


Disability Conditions:
This little known genetic condition can result in a disability insurance claim. How can Attorneys Dell & Schaefer assist you with a EDS claim?
Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Long Term Disability Claims

Resolved Cases:
Assurant overturned its previous denial of long term disability benefits for Maine Sales Consultant
In July 2013 a number of medical issues, including the debilitating effects of chemotherapy treatment as well as recurrent breast cancer forced Ms. C to stop working and submit her claim for disability benefits first under her employer’s short-term disability (STD) policy and then continuing under its long-term disability (LTD) policy.


Disability Insurance News:
Lincoln Financial Denial of LTD benefits after paying for 9 Years is Reversed on Appeal
Disability insurance attorney Alex Palamara was able to win an ERISA appeal against Lincoln Financial on behalf of his client. In this video, Alex discusses the issues with case and the negligence of Lincoln Financial in failing to properly investigate a long term disability claim. Alex and attorney Gregory Dell provide some tips for how to possibly avoid a long term disability denial.


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Trinity Health Care Registered Nurse Wins Cigna Long Term Disability Appeal
Nurse suffering from terrible back conditions gets reapproved for Long Term Disability Benefits with Cigna after Attorney Alexander Palamara files an administrative appeal.

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After appeal filed by Attorney Jay Symonds, Prudential overturned its previous denial of long term disability benefits for New York Financial Control Officer
Disabled Financial Control Officer that was denied LTD benefits by Prudential is on claim after Dell & Schaefer Appeal.


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After it had previously overturned a denial after an initial Dell & Schaefer Appeal, Liberty denied our client’s claim again. After a new appeal, Liberty has now agreed to reinstate our client yet again
After again denying Dell & Schaefer client after it had previously reinstated claim, Liberty once again Agrees that Client is disabled and reinstates LTD Benefits.


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Standard Overturns Denial of Benefits to Shareholder of Major Law Firm
Victor Pena wins appeal for former shareholder of Carlton Fields suffering from migraines and vestibular disorder.


Disability Insurance News:
Social Security Approval Does Not Mean Disability Insurance Benefits Must be Approved
11th Circuit Court of Appeals upholds lower court’s finding that Aetna’s denial of benefits was not wrong.


Resolved Cases:
Attorneys Dell & Schaefer Appeal Team Lead by Attorney Cesar Gavidia Successfully Appeal CIGNA’s Denial of Benefits to Disabled Lockheed Martin Tech Manager With Traumatic Brain Injury
Team Led by Attorney Cesar Gavidia Appeal CIGNA’s Wrongful Termination of Benefits and Win.

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Hartford Reinstates Disability Benefits to HR Manager
Following an ERISA Appeal submitted by Dell & Schaefer, Hartford reinstates disability benefits to an HR Manager suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis.


FAQ: Disability Companies:
What Can I Expect When Seeking Long Term Disability Benefits from Northwestern Mutual?
Our disability insurance lawyers have helped hundreds of Northwestern Mutual long term disability insurance claimants to obtain long term disability benefits. Watch our video.