Blog Posts by Jay Symonds
On a regular basis our disability lawyers write about disability insurance cases and other related disability claim issues around the country which we believe are education and informative for disability insurance claimants. Please contact us if we can assist you. Check out our Blog, Frequently Asked Questions, Insurance Company or Disabling Conditions pages to learn more.
June 20, 2019 —
In Sue Ray v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company, W.D. Washington, July 31, 2018, Plaintiff filed suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) to recover long-term disability (“LTD”) benefits, which Reliance Standard denied on the ground that plaintiff could perform her “Regular Occupation” and was...
October 2, 2017 —
In Thomas A. Gonda, Jr., M.D. v Permanente Medical Group, Inc., et. al., plaintiff Thomas Gonda, a thoracic surgeon for The Permanente Medical Group, Inc., suffered double vision, headaches, memory loss, and difficulty focusing on and completing tasks following an accident in which he was hit by a car while riding a Segway. The accident also...
August 24, 2017 —
In Rouleau v. Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, plaintiff Michelle Rouleau, a Registered Nurse (RN) for a Hospital, had a history of intractable lower back pain dating back many years. As an employee of the Hospital, she was covered by a Group Long-Term Disability Insurance policy issued by Liberty Life (Liberty).
August 7, 2017 —
In Cathleen Kennedy v. The Lilly Extended Disability Plan, plaintiff Cathleen Kennedy, an executive Director of Human Resources, had a history fibromyalgia dating back many years. As an employee of Eli Lilly and Company, she was covered by The Lilly Extended Disability Plan (“the Plan”), which was administered initially by Anthem Life and...
February 24, 2017 —
In Armani v. Northwest Mutual, plaintiff Avery Armani, a Controller for an insurance agency, injured his back while lifting a heavy back-up power supply at work. As an employee of the insurance agency, he was covered by a Group Long-Term Disability Insurance policy issued by Northwest Mutual (NWM).
Under the terms of the...
May 24, 2016 —
The answer to this question is very fact specific in each case. Not every disability policy has a limited pay period for a mental condition. Most employer provided long term disability policies will limit mental health disabilities to either 12 or 24 months. In the situation where a claimant has both physical and mental disabilities, then it...
April 1, 2016 —
It is a common occurrence for a disabled employee to be offered a severance agreement when they can no longer work due to a disabling medical condition. An employee must take great caution as the severance agreement may eliminate all future rights to any short or long term disability benefits. Here is an example of a potential client that recently...