Former financial trader files lawsuit against Connecticut General Life Insurance (MetLife) seeking lifetime long-term disability benefits

Attorneys Dell & Schaefer has filed a long-term disability breach of contract lawsuit in federal court against Conneticut General Life Insurance Company (“Connecticut General”) seeking lifetime disability benefits. Our client, a former floor trader on the American Stock Exchange, was disabled due to bipolar disorder, a sickness, from March 1995 until April 2006. In 2004, while our client was totally disabled due to his bipolar disorder, he suffered a hernia injury while carrying a television to his car. Our client ‘s disability policy has been administered by MetLife insurance company, which means that MetLife made the decision to deny his benefits as of age 65.

In the days and weeks that followed our client’s hernia injury, our client underwent horrific pain and discomfort, ultimately leading him to have surgery to repair the hernia. After an initial surgery which failed to repair the hernia, he underwent a second surgery with doctors in New York City, and then a third, none of which ever relieved all of his pain and discomfort. Our client’s Connecticut General long-term disability policy provided that benefits would be paid to either age 65 for sickness or lifetime for a disability resulting from an accidental bodily injury. MetLife has taken the position that our client is disabled by a sickness and therefore only entitled to benefits until age 65.

In October 2004, our client notified MetLife of his disability resulting from a right inguinal hernia and provided more than sufficient proof to MetLife that he could not perform his former duties as a floor trader on the floor of the American Stock Exchange due to his accidental hernia injury. Despite the abundance of medical evidence supporting his disability claim, and the clear and convincing evidence that his hernia injury resulted from an accident, MetLife was no convince that his hernia was caused by an accidental injury.

Our client initially sought the assistance of an attorney whose practice did not focus in disability insurance. The previous attorney assisted our client with the filing of a civil remedy notice of insurer violation with the State of Florida Department of Financial Services but ultimately advised that she could not litigate against insurance companies the likes of MetLife or Connecticut General. Attorneys Dell & Schaefer have filed a lawsuit and we will have the burden of proving that our client’s hernia was caused by an accidental injury resulting in total disability. If successful, our client, a 61 year old, will continue to be eligible for benefits for the rest of his life.

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I was approved for LTD benefits through my group insurance carrier, but to later have my LTD benefits terminated by them as well. I felt totally defeated and devastated. My case at times, with the going back-and-forth with the insurance company was challenging to say the least, intimidating, extremely exhausting to the point there were many times I wanted to give up. My family and I determined that I needed an attorney who understood the complexity of my case, my medical condition and the various LTD and ERISA rights/laws. My family and I reached out to Dell & Schaefer to help assist me with my case, I spoke with Attorneys Dell & Schaefer about my case for an hour, they were very compassionate towards my family and I. My Attorney handled my case with the insurance company with a relentless and dogged determination. He thoroughly walked me through and explained the legal process and my options at each stage.

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My attorney’s professionalism, research and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. His perseverance and diligence was impressive. In addition, Vanessa Arriaga, was very thorough, reliable and driven to help me in every way possible. Ms. Arriaga provided outstanding dedication to my case, she provided me with prompt information in a timely manner, explained new information to me if my attorney wasn’t available, as well as if I called with additional information or questions she was patient, knowledgeable and provided personal attention and compassion.

My attorney demonstrates all the right traits a client looks for in an attorney, respect, honesty, hard work and integrity! Thank you for your helping me win my case and assisting me in the next chapter as a client.

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