It is not often we say positive things about disability insurance companies, but Guardian Insurance Company and Berkshire Life Insurance Company are two companies that usually try to do the right thing for their policy holders. Guardian has been in existence since 1860 and has over 5,000 employees. In 2001 Berkshire Life merged with Guardian. Berkshire Life sells individual ERISA exempt disability policies and Guardian sells Group disability insurance policies. Guardian has over 42 billion dollars in assets under management and revenues have exceeded 7 billion dollars.
In this episode disability insurance attorneys Gregory Dell & Stephen Jessup of Attorneys Dell & Schaefer discuss Guardian and Berkshire Life Disability Insurance Companies and their handling of long term disability insurance claims.
More specifically we will discuss:
- A New York disability insurance case about a dentist that was claiming total disability but Berkshire Life was claiming the dentist was residually disabled.
- What is a “dual occupation”?
- A Florida case against Berkshire Life discussing how to determine what a person’s “own occupation” is at the time he is or she becomes disabled.
- The ability to be collect total disability benefits and continue to work in a different occupation.