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Episode 8 Prudential Disability Insurance Company

  • Prudential Disability Insurance Company (Ep. 8, part 1/2)
  • Prudential Long Term Disability Insurance Claims (Ep. 8, part 2/2)

Prudential Insurance Company has more than 42,000 employees, revenues in excess of $32 billion and is one of the largest group / ERISA disability insurance companies in the world. Our law firm has an extensive history of handling disability insurance claims against Prudential in courts across the country.

In this episode disability insurance attorneys Gregory Dell, Stephen Jessup and Cesar Gavidia of Attorneys Dell & Schaefer discuss Prudential Disability Insurance Company and their handling of long term disability insurance claims. More specifically, we discuss an ERISA disability class action filed by our firm against Prudential, a bad faith lawsuit resulting in a $15 million dollar jury verdict, a case in which Prudential’s disability denial was reversed for requiring objective evidence, and our law firm’s ERISA disability victory in Hawaii.

If you have had any kind of experience with Prudential that you would like to share with the thousands of disability claimants that visit our website each month, we encourage you to post your comments about your experience.

Please note: Disability insurance attorney Gregory Michael Dell created Disability Insurance Law TV in order to educate long term disability claimants about common issues related to long term disability insurance claims. New episodes are filmed on regular basis. Our disability videos are for informational purposes only and they are not legal advice.

There are 4 opinions so far. Add your comment below.

Inez Logan:

I recieved benifits from Apr. 5, 2011 until Oct. 3, 2011. Is there any way to get an extension?

Attorney Greg Dell:


If you continue to satisfy your policy’s definition of disability and your policy provides benefits for a period of benefits longer than the 26 weeks you stated, then you should be able to continue receiving benefits. If your claim was for short term disability benefits, then you will not receive any further benefits unless you have along term disability insurance policy.

John Anonymous:

I have a non-work related traumatic injury leaving my right arm paralyzed since February of this year. So far one plastic surgeon and one neurosurgeon have committed to my dominant arm and hand never being the same again. Surgery may be eminent. Currently I am on short term disability with Sedgwick knowing that in three more months I will have to go long term with Prudential.

My employer WANTS me to return to work “as is”. I WANT to return to work but feel I may be forced into the disability trap. My employer is saying they are okay with me being one handed and will provide an employee that I may supervise to perform two handed tasks. I’ve been told if I need time off for medical needs they will work around that as well. Obviously I am good at what I do and there is a necessity for my knowledge and skill.


1. What if I, or my employer, feel that I can not perform my duties satisfactorily, or if my duties change, or my position is eliminated, or for some other reason beyond my control I become unemployed after the 30 day return to work claim period?

2. What if Prudential decides I can work one handed denying that I’m disabled?

3. Is there a legally binding document to protect me from these and other scenarios before committing to returning to work?

Attorney Stephen Jessup:

John Anonymous,

With respect to (1) if the situation you described does occur you may no longer be considered disabled under the disability policy if the reason is related to anything other than disability. (2) You will have to undergo the administrative appeal process and/or litigation to attempt to secure your benefits. (3) The scope of the question is too broad to provide any insight that would ease your mind as to your return to potential work. Please feel free to contact our office should you have any additional questions.

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