Kirk & Blum/CECO Environmental Employee Files Lawsuit Against Lincoln Financial Group For Wrongful Termination Of Long-Term Disability Benefits

An attorney has filed a Federal disability lawsuit in Ohio Federal Court against Lincoln Financial Group (Lincoln). The Plaintiff, George P., was employed by Kirk & Blum, a subsidiary of Ceco Environmental, as a metal fabricator. This employment enabled the Plaintiff to be covered by a group insurance policy provided on behalf of Ceco Environmental employees and insured by Lincoln.

In George P. v. Lincoln Financial Group, Plaintiff seeks reinstatement of long-term disability benefits that were wrongfully terminated by Lincoln.

Facts of the Lawsuit Against Lincoln

Plaintiff was employed until April 2009 when he could no longer work due to physical impairments. He was treated by his physician who issued a certificate where he could not work due to limitations imposed by arthritis, hips, and hands, bilateral carpal tunnel syndrome, knee pain, and other ailments.

Plaintiff filed an application for disability benefits after the 180-day Elimination Period, which Lincoln granted, paying the Plaintiff his maximum monthly benefit of $540.00.

Lincoln Terminates Plaintiff’s Long-Term Monthly Disability Benefit Payments

Lincoln informed Plaintiff on August 13, 2010 that it was terminating Plaintiff’s monthly benefits effective October 11, 2010 on the basis that the medical evidence did not support the Plaintiff’s claim that he was still disabled according to the terms of the Plan.

Plaintiff hired an attorney to assist him with his claim. A series of letters were exchanged between the Plaintiff and Lincoln. Plaintiff appealed the denial, but Lincoln denied the appeal even though Plaintiff was approved for Social Security Benefits and has been receiving them since October 2009. Due to exhausting all administrative remedies, Plaintiff has filed this ERISA lawsuit against Lincoln.

Filing Of Disability Lawsuit Against Lincoln

In this lawsuit, the Plaintiff claims that Lincoln committed the following wrongful actions against the Plaintiff:

Plaintiff Wants Following Relief From The Court

Due to the wrongful actions of Lincoln against him, Plaintiff seeks following reimbursement from Lincoln:

Videos, Questions, Resolved Cases, Lawsuit Summaries & Company Reviews

disability insurance companies complaints

View videos, articles, resolved cases and claimant reviews about your specific disability insurance company.

Leave a comment or ask us a question

There are 2 comments

  • Debra,

    Unfortunately, if your policy is governed by ERISA you do not have legal recourse relating to “fraud, malice, oppression and insult towards” you. Your only legal recovery is for unpaid benefits. As you have learned Lincoln has taken a position that although you have a diagnosis it does not equate to a disability under the policy. You will have to file an administrative appeal of the denial. Please feel free to contact our office to discuss how we may be able to assist you in filing same.

    Stephen JessupAug 12, 2015  #2

  • I need to file a claim against Lincoln Financial Group for committing actions that constituted fraud, malice, oppression and insult toward me the Plaintiff in wrongfully denying my STD claim for Disability. They had my MRI reports supporting my Erosive Arthritis in my Right Foot and they denied me. How do they go over what a Doctor says and makes a decision without reviewing supporting document’s?

    Disabled in TN

    Debra PaceAug 11, 2015  #1


Do you work in my state?

Yes. We are a national disability insurance law firm that is available to represent you regardless of where you live in the United States. We have partner lawyers in every state and we have filed lawsuits in most federal courts nationwide. Our disability lawyers represent disability claimants at all stages of a claim for disability insurance benefits. There is nothing that our lawyers have not seen in the disability insurance world.

What are your fees?

Since we represent disability insurance claimants at different stages of a disability insurance claim we offer a variety of different fee options. We understand that claimants living on disability insurance benefits have a limited source of income; therefore we always try to work with the claimant to make our attorney fees as affordable as possible.

The three available fee options are a contingency fee agreement (no attorney fee or cost unless we make a recovery), hourly fee or fixed flat rate.

In every case we provide each client with a written fee agreement detailing the terms and conditions. We always offer a free initial phone consultation and we appreciate the opportunity to work with you in obtaining payment of your disability insurance benefits.

Do I have to come to your office to work with your law firm?

No. For purposes of efficiency and to reduce expenses for our clients we have found that 99% of our clients prefer to communicate via telephone, e-mail, fax, sessions, or Skype. If you prefer an initial in-person meeting please let us know. A disability company will never require you to come to their office and similarly we are set up so that we handle your entire claim without the need for you to come to our office.

How can I contact you?

When you call us during normal business hours you will immediately speak with a disability attorney. We can be reached at 800-682-8331 or by email. Lawyer and staff must return all client calls same day. Client emails are usually replied to within the same business day and seem to be the preferred and most efficient method of communication for most clients.


Bruce R. (Arizona)

Steve Dell has done an exceptional job with my disability application process. The firm is extremely well managed. They have acquired an incredible amount of experience over many years. I recommend them for disability insurance claims without reservation. 

Don (Florida)

I called this firm a few months ago completely disparaged due to a company cutting off disability benefits at a time that nearly caused me to lose everything.

Attorney Alex Palmera and Danielle worked hard to reach an amicable settlement and my case was settled a few months later. This is a good firm and the specific expertise in disability claims saved me countless hours of hassle at a time when an already fragile state existed.

Thank you Mr. Palamara and Danielle.

Sandra B. (Arkansas)

I have nothing but good things to say about how my buyout was handled with my disability claim. The level of professionalism was amazing. All of my questions and concerns were answered either by Danielle L. or Alex P. in such a timely manner and with such care I would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone needing to approach their provider with buyout options.

They did a fantastic job communicating between the provider and me, always keeping my best interest at heart and always answering my many many questions. They really did take most of the stress out of this whole situation. I would give them a 10 out of 10 for every step of this crazy journey. Thank you so much for helping me through this.

Brenda R. (New York)

I needed assistance with an appeal for a LTD claim that was initially denied. Stephen understood what needed to happen to win the appeal and he did win the appeal for me.

Michael C. (Virginia)

Greg Dell and his assistant Anneli have been extremely responsive and helpful, not only our initial consultations, but in follow-ups 1 and 2 years later with the insurance company to ensure that they comply with their agreements (which they did), as well as a separate and only slightly-related inquiry about our health insurance. I always hear back from them very quickly, which is rare and greatly appreciated.

Speak With An Attorney Now

Request a free legal consultation: Call 800-682-8331 or Email Us