A Tennessee Plaintiff filed an ERISA lawsuit regarding the denial of her short term disability and long term disability benefits, contending that 1) she was disabled under the terms of the plan; 2) that United of Omaha Life’s reliance upon the opinions of medical experts who did not physically examine her was inadequate to provide
The plaintiff Laura Schlitt worked as a Regional Marketing Director for Camden Property Trust. She was a participant to a group Prudential disability insurance policy which was fully insured and administered by Prudential by virtue of her employment with Camden Property Trust.
Disability Benefits Application with Prudential
On January 8th 2010, the plaintiff became disabled…
Unfortunately for employees of AT&T, if you are disabled you will be forced to deal with Sedgwick Claims Management Services Inc. ("Sedgwick"). Sedgwick is a third party administrator that has been hired to administer and make claim decisions on AT&T short term and long term disability claims. The AT&T disability benefit plan is written with…
Plaintiff Robert DeMoss appeals from an order of the district court in favor of the defendant, Matrix Absence Management, Inc. (Matrix).
As an employee of LSI Logic Corporation, Robert DeMoss was a participant in his employer’s LTD group insurance policy administered by Matrix. On May 10, 2002 Matrix found DeMoss eligible for LTD benefits based…
When Rosemary McGahey was denied long-term disability benefits after 24 months, she appealed Harvard University’s decision. She had been approved by Social Security for disability coverage. But Harvard claimed that their standards were different than Social Security’s.
Continue Reading Harvard University Ordered By Massachusetts Federal Court To Pay Long-Term Disability Benefits To A Former Employee
When Vickie Costello left work on May 19, 2006, after a stressful encounter with one of her co-workers, she had no idea that her problems were going to get even worse. In order to return to her job at Logan Aluminum, Inc., her employer required her to sign a “last chance agreement.” Already suffering from…
Donna Scharff was an employee of the Raytheon Company, as well as a participant in both their short-term and long-term disability benefit plans. The plans, privately funded by the Raytheon Company, were administered by MetLife. When Scharff applied for short-term disability benefits and was denied, internal appeals took place before Raytheon gave Scharff their final decision including a statement to refer to the summary plan description for more information on how to file a lawsuit.
Continue Reading Claimant’s Statute of Limitation Non-Compliance Allows MetLife’s Denial Of Disability Benefits To Go Unchallenged
Our client, a pharmaceutical sales representative, was recently denied benefits by her carrier, Cigna, despite clear medical documentation of several severe medical problems that prevent her from performing the duties of her occupation.
Continue Reading Attorneys Dell & Schaefer Files Lawsuit Against Cigna In Hawaii On Behalf Of Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
Our client was a successful, independent financial advisor who owned her own business. On December 21, 2008, while stopped at a red light, her car was struck from the rear by a cement mixer. Within days of the accident she was beginning to experience pain in her neck and lower back. MRI reports indicated multiple herniations of her cervical and lumbar spine.
Continue Reading Lincoln National approves long-term disability benefits for financial advisor injured in car accident
The case of Mary Midgett v. Washington Group International Long Term Disability Plan, 561 F.3d 887 (8th Cir. 2009) is a reminder that there are discrepancies in how Federal courts apply the law with regard to the weight of credibility to give to an insured’s treating physicians versus the opinions of doctors hired by the insurance carrier to conduct reviews of medical records only.
Continue Reading Broadspire And Aetna Deny Long-Term Disability Benefits To Manager Suffering From Fibromyalgia, Arthritis And Cervical Disc Disease