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July 28, 2011 —
A lawsuit was filed recently at the District Court for the District Of New Jersey against the Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential) by a former employee of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey for unlawfully discontinuing benefit payments to the disabled plaintiff. In Denise Hodges V Prudential Insurance Company of America & Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon), the plaintiff Denise Hodges alleged...
July 26, 2011 —
In the case of Andrew Gary Sigai V Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc. and Philips Electronics North America Corporation, as Administrator of the Philips Electronics North America Long Term Disability Program, the plaintiff Gary Sigai, through a disability attorney, filed a lawsuit against Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc (Sedgwick CMS) at the District Court for the District of Kansas.
The Alleged Facts of the Sedgwick Disability...
July 25, 2011 —
Anita Barajas has taken her disability claim to the United States District Court of Arizona in an attempt to force University Physicians, Inc. ("UPI"), CIGNA Group Insurance, and Life Insurance Company of North America to provide her the disability benefits she is entitled to. An Office Medical Specialist 2 for UPI, Barajas became disabled on July 8, 2008 when "fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ("CFS"), Sjorgen's syndrome, and depression...
July 22, 2011 —
Recently, the CIGNA Group Insurance and its subsidiaries (CIGNA) faced a barrage of disability insurance lawsuits filed against the company and its subsidiaries across the country allegedly for denying long term disability (LTD) benefits by ignoring overwhelming medical evidences that supported the plaintiffs' disabled condition.
The Plaintiff v Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company:
The case of The Plaintiff v Cigna Health and Life...
July 21, 2011 —
An employee of Xerox Corporation files a lawsuit against Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc., Sedgwick Claims management Services, Inc., and The Prudential Insurance Company of America for disability benefits. An employee with Xerox for 10 years, Andrea Calhoun brought a lawsuit against her employer and Sedgwick under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) 29 U. S. C. § 1001, et seq. "seeking to overturn a denial by...
July 20, 2011 —
With disability insurance lawsuits occurring up and down the eastern US coastline, Sun Life Insurance Company has a lot of litigation to settle. Just in May 2011, Sun Life was hit with two complaints from disability insurance benefits claimants, one in the United States District Court District of New Jersey (Kevin Giblin v. Sun Life and Health Insurance Company et. al) and the other in the United States District Court for the District of South...
July 19, 2011 —
Ricky C. Hampton, an insurance sales agent with Alfa Mutual Insurance Company (Alfa) has filed a lawsuit against his own disability insurance company, Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston. A position described as light, Hampton was required to work forty hours per week, five days a week and was frequently asked to perform the following duties, all of which were documented in his job description.
Perform physically in an office for at...
July 18, 2011 —
An employee of 3M Company as a Key Account Manager for 30 years, the claimant was shocked to find out that his security net disability insurance plan was not so secure when Sedgwick Claims Management failed to meet its obligations to provide him disability benefits should he become disabled while working at 3M Company. With no other options available to resolve his issue with 3M Company and Sedgwick, the claimant engaged the services of a...
July 15, 2011 —
John McGinnis has filed a lawsuit against Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada because the insurer denied him his disability insurance benefits and life insurance coverage as dictated by ERISA 29 U.S.C. § 1001 et seq. According to the Complaint that McGinnis and his disability attorney filed in the United States District Court of New Jersey when the insurance company denied him his disability benefits and life insurance benefits the insurer was...
July 14, 2011 —
The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals reverses district court's holding that Unum Insurance Company could rely on its Summary Plan Description ("SPD") as a basis for its decision to deny benefits to insured when the SPD did not contain any language about the self reported symptoms limitation. Unum failed to comply with the disclosure requirements set out by the Employee Retirement Income Securities Act of 1974 ("ERISA"), 29 U.S.C. § §...
July 14, 2011 —
James H. White filed a lawsuit against Prudential Insurance of America in the United States District Court For The Eastern District of Pennsylvania for the insurer's termination of White's disability benefits after paying him disability benefits for twenty-four (24) months. Claiming that White's disability was the product of a pre-existing metal illness, Prudential Insurance terminated White's disability benefits because his policy with...
July 13, 2011 —
Disability Lawyer Sues Cigna For Denying Long Term Disability Benefits After Paying for 11 Years
In Susan Sheehan Vs Cigna Group, Life Insurance Company of North America, a disability attorney filed a lawsuit at the District Court District Of Massachusetts claiming that the giant disability insurance company Cigna Group (Cigna), had contravened the provisions of the Employment Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) in its handling of a client's...
July 12, 2011 —
A disability lawyer recently filed a lawsuit against the Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston (Liberty Life) at District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. In Rita Dirks Vs Liberty Life Assurance Company Of Boston, The Charles Schwab Corporation Long Term Disability Plan And The Charles Schwab Corporation, it was alleged by the plaintiff Rita Dirks that Liberty Life had violated the provisions of the Employee Retirement Income...
July 11, 2011 —
Through a disability insurance lawyer, a lawsuit was filed at the District Court for the District of Utah by a disabled Network Design Engineer formerly working at Unisys. In the lawsuit, it was claimed that the Aetna Life Insurance Company's (Aetna Life) failure and refusal to pay the plaintiff long term disability (LTD) benefits under an employee welfare benefit plan underwritten and insured by Aetna Life constituted a breach of the terms and...
July 8, 2011 —
Recently the Court of Appeal Fifth circuit rendered their opinion in the case of Mary Ann LETTER, Individually and as Executrix Administratrix of the Estate of Timothy D. Letter vs. UNUM PROVIDENT CORPORATION; Unum Life Insurance Company of America. They ruled that the plaintiff Mary Ann Letter, individually and as acting as the estate of her husband Timothy D. Letter was not entitled to recover Accidental Death And Dismemberment (AD & D)...
July 7, 2011 —
Colorado disability lawyer files lawsuit against Unum Life Insurance Company Of America for denying long term disability benefits and wrongfully asserting no objective test exist to diagnose fibromyalgia
In Kelly Ann Curtis vs Unum Life Insurance Company of America, a Colorado disability attorney filed a lawsuit on behalf of a disability claimant against the Unum Life Insurance Company of America (Unum) at Denver County District Court. The...
July 6, 2011 —
Disability Lawyer Sues Sedgwick Claim Management Services
In the case of Richard Shane Burnett Vs Sedgwick Claim Management Services, Inc. D/B/A AT&T Integrated Disability Service Center, filed at the District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the plaintiff Richard Shane Burnett alleged that he is eligible for short term disability (STD) benefits under an employee benefit plan provided by his employer.
The Alleged Facts Of...
July 5, 2011 —
For a disability insurance contract, one of the most important clauses in the contract will be the "own occupation" definition of what constitutes disability. The implication of this clause is that if you become "disabled" due to sickness or injury and are unable to work in your specific line of work, the insurance policy will pay you disability benefits even if you decide to work in another line of employment.
However, for group disability...
June 30, 2011 —
Recently a disability attorney filed a lawsuit against the Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston (Liberty Life) at the Superior Court of the state of California. In the case of Cassie Ray v Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, the plaintiff alleged that by denying the plaintiff's claim for disability benefits, Liberty Life, among other things, had caused the plaintiff to suffer damages. This disability policy is not governed by ERISA as...
June 29, 2011 —
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (Northwestern Life) was recently sued by a disability lawyer for the violations of the Washington Insurance Fair Conduct Act and Washington Consumer Protection laws. In Kurt D. Bennett v The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, the plaintiff alleged that Northwestern Life in denying the plaintiff's claims for disability benefits was in violation of the above mentioned laws and breached the...
June 28, 2011 —
Recently, a former account clerk of the Katz Insurance Group filed a lawsuit against the Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company (Fort Dearborn Life) through a disability attorney at the District Court for the District of Maryland. In the case of Tosha Pederson v Fort Dearborn Life Insurance Company, the plaintiff alleged that Fort Dearborn Life had acted arbitrarily and capriciously in its decision to deny the plaintiff's claim for long term...
June 27, 2011 —
A disability attorney recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of his client at the District Court for the Eastern District of Washington against the Hartford Insurance Company (Hartford). In the case of Robin (Hunt) Hankel v The Hartford Insurance Company /The Hartford Financial services Group, the plaintiff was a woman employed in the health Safety and Environmental Management/ Engineering field for Harpers. While employed with Harpers, she...
June 23, 2011 —
Claiming four counts of misconduct by UNUM Life Insurance Company in the denial of her disability claim, Cynthia A. Keller filed a lawsuit on May 2, 2011 in the Eastern District of Michigan Southern Division. After exhausting all her administrative appeals to the insurance provider, Keller hired a disability lawyer who prepared her complaint stating that UNUM is guilty of breaching its obligations under ERISA, asking for injunctive and...
June 22, 2011 —
Mark Linder filed a lawsuit against UNUM Life Insurance Company of America (UNUM) in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania under ERISA, 29 U.S.C. § 1132. Linder was forced to seek Court mandated relief when his disability claim was denied by UNUM even though he was classified as totally disabled by his medical provider.
Linder has petitioned the Middle District Court of Pennsylvania for his past due short...
June 20, 2011 —
On April 29, 2011, Dr. Phillip W. Watson and his disability attorney filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court Southern District of Florida as a last resort to settle Watson's claim that in violation of ERISA, Title 29, United Stated Codes 1000-1461, Paul Revere Life Insurance Company arbitrarily decided to deduct part of his disability benefits payments when Watson applied for his early Social Security retirement benefits...
June 17, 2011 —
This case began in the United States District Court of the Southern District of Florida on April 8, 2011 when Northwestern Mutual refused to pay the plaintiff's disability benefits as specified in a Northwestern Mutual Life (NML) disability insurance policy.
Plaintiff's Two Northwestern Mutual Policies
The plaintiff was issued a NML disability income insurance policy in November 3, 2006, with an expiration maximum benefit period date of...
June 15, 2011 —
From 1997 to 2003, Bobby Nelson worked as a buyer for AMCOM until he became completely and totally disabled due to the displacement of a lumbar intervertebral disc in his lower back. Mr. Nelson's last day of working full-time at AMCOM was December 26, 2003. Three days later, he had posterior and anterior fusion of the L4 and L5 vertebrae performed on his lumbar spine. The surgeon also placed bilateral pedicle screws and a disc fixator device in...
June 15, 2011 —
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June 13, 2011 —
Liberty Mutual Disability Denial Lawsuit Filed By Missouri Disability Attorney
Carol Snyder and her disability lawyer filed a civil complaint against Liberty in United States District Court in the Western District of Missouri because Liberty denied her claim for short-term disability benefit payments.
Ms. Snyder, a software developer lead for Zurich American insurance, was no longer able to work with reasonable continuity as of May 5, 2009...
June 10, 2011 —
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 disability lawyer alleged that Prudential has wrongly denied payments after paying her disability benefits for 7...