The resolved case summaries listed below are a small sample of the cases resolved by Attorney Alex Palamara. The facts of each client's disability claim are different and you should not create any unjustified expectations about your case based upon the past results we have achieved. To see a complete list of resolved cases by our firm by please click here.
April 1, 2019 —
Prior to filing for disability, our client was employed as a Manager of Data Engineering Analytics for Avanade. A job he loved and excelled at (and financially rewarding), our client was unfortunately forced to stop working in August 2017 due to significant heart issues. Fortunately, his employer provided him coverage under a Long Term Disability...
March 20, 2019 —
My now client worked for SAP America, Inc. as a Senior Solutions Sales Executive for nearly seven years. She made a great salary working at a job and employer she loved. Her work required superior cognitive and analytical skills and was both challenging and rewarding. Unfortunately for her, in December of 2016, she suffered a serious head injury...
January 9, 2019 —
Our client was previously employed as a Computer Systems Engineer. In this occupation, he was responsible for support and maintenance of a real-time system that allows pipeline controllers to monitor pipelines across the United States. Unfortunately for him, he was suffering from Lumbar Discogenic and Facetogenic Pain, Lumbar Radiculopathy...
December 26, 2018 —
Our client was previously employed as a Registered Nurse at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in California. She worked faithfully there since 2007. Being a nurse was more than a job, it was her life. Unfortunately for our client, she was forced to stop working in July 2016 when the pain from her lower back issues made it impossible for her to...
November 7, 2018 —
On August 26, 1988, our now client was hired by the Worth County School District. She worked as the School Nutrition Manager, essentially a Cafeteria Manager, where she managed a staff of 8 and ordered, served, and prepped food for students. For over 27 years, our now client worked consistently at a job she clearly enjoyed that became her life...
October 31, 2018 —
Prior to becoming disabled, our client had worked at Grady Management, Inc., a well-respected full service real estate firm in Maryland, since April of 1978. For 37+ years, our client worked for Grady and worked his way up to become the Vice President of Priority Engineering Services. Obviously his work at Grady was more than a job, it was his...
September 27, 2018 —
An Industrial Maintenance Supervisor was forced to stop working after degeneration of the spine and several failed lumbar spine surgeries left him unable to work. His conditions were so bad that he required the use of a wheeled walker and he was left unable to sit or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. As a result of his inability to...
August 20, 2018 —
A Registered Nurse was initially forced to stop working in 2013 due to various conditions, including: enthesopathy in the hip region, lumbago, myalgia/myositis, lumbar spondylosis, lumbar degenerative disc disease, lumbar facet syndrome, and chronic pain syndrome. When the pain from her multiple medical conditions left her unable to work, the RN...
August 2, 2018 —
To say my client had an intellectually demanding job is an understatement. The corporation he worked for operates in 35 countries and employs over 12,000 people worldwide. As a Senior Global Tax Director, amongst many duties, he was charged with developing and coordinating the Tax Policy of the company to ensure timely international tax compliance...
July 23, 2018 —
After receiving benefits for only 2 months, a retail clerk responsible for processing manufacturer returns was denied continued Long Term Disability Benefits by Cigna. Though she suffered from arthritis, chronic knee pain, chronic back pain, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, Cigna felt justified in its denial of her claim.
July 5, 2018 —
This case is unique and a valuable lesson for all of those receiving LTD Benefits. Prior to Dell & Schaefer getting involved with this claim, our now client worked as a Computer Programmer for ACI Worldwide. She was hired by her employer in April of 1986 and worked there all the way through December of 2005. Unfortunately for her, she suffered...
June 28, 2018 —
An Accountant for LA County was forced to stop working in 2009 after suffering the crippling effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, and numerous other debilitating conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Bodily Pain, Osteoarthritis, Neck Pain, Cervical Disc Disease, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Low Back Pain, and Lumbar Disc Disease. Due...
June 11, 2018 —
Despite Prudential’s numerous attempts to deny our client her long term disability benefits, Attorney Alexander Palamara was able to successfully identify the egregious mistakes in Prudential’s newest reviews and this resulted in Prudential’s second decision to overturn a denial on this claim. Our client once again has ongoing and current...
May 31, 2018 —
After a very long fight, a former employee of the National Student Clearinghouse is now on claim after an administrative appeal filed by Dell & Schaefer. Prior to filing for disability, our client was a Director of Information Security responsible for security strategy, security programs oversight, and security development for an online national...
May 14, 2018 —
A Respiratory Therapist was forced to stop working due to bilateral degenerative knee conditions which required a total knee replacement. Over time, the knee problems resulted in worsening lumbar spine problems, which required surgical intervention as well as numerous steroid injections and physical therapy treatments. The severe lumbar spine...
April 12, 2018 —
After receiving Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits for two years due to severe back conditions, a Nurse who formerly worked at Albany Memorial Hospital (which is part of the Trinity Health System) was denied continued LTD benefits after Cigna made a determination that she no longer satisfied the definition of disability under the policy.
March 26, 2018 —
Although it took two separate appeals to convince Lincoln to approve our client's long term disability claim, we are happy to announce that our client, who previously worked as a Project Manager for Biomet, Inc., is now approved and fully paid. She recently received all the back benefits she should have been paid since December 20, 2015 and is now...
March 7, 2018 —
Initial Denial, Initial Appeal, Benefits Reinstated and Benefits Terminated
After receiving full payment of short term disability benefits, a hospital admissions clerk with Catholic Health System, Inc. suffering from morbid obesity, osteoarthritis, and chronic back pain was denied long term disability benefits despite her ongoing medical...
February 27, 2018 —
Insurance companies often deny benefits based on an inability to complete a preexisting condition investigation without any consideration to the merits of the disability claim. Unfortunately, an insurance company’s inability to complete a preexisting investigation is often due to its own mismanagement of the claim file and lack of due...
December 8, 2017 —
In the past 2 years, Dell and Schaefer and Attorney Alexander Palamara have had great success in convincing Life Insurance Company of North America, which is commonly known as CIGNA, that its decisions to deny continued Long Term Disability Benefits to employees of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office were incorrect. For our previous story, please...
November 2, 2017 —
Disability insurance companies are always trying to deny disability claims based upon a pre-existing condition.
In this claim our client was a police officer in Washington DC and the Standard insurance company denied his long term disability benefits. In this claim we were able to get the Standard disability denial reversed at the ERISA appeal...
September 26, 2017 —
Disability insurance attorney Alexander Palamara discusses the importance of continuing medical treatment throughout the duration of a disability insurance claim.
In this case the claimant was denied LTD benefits by Liberty Mutual of NY within a few months of winning a prior disability claim denial.
This denial was likely due to an...
August 10, 2017 —
Before contacting our firm, our client had been out on disability since March of 2005. Prior to 2005, our client worked for Pinelawn Cemetery for 13 years as a Sales Counselor. Unfortunately, he was forced to stop working in March of 2005 due to various medical conditions including Chronic Pain Syndrome, Severe and Progressive Coronary Disease...
June 28, 2016 —
As one can imagine, the occupational requirements of a Corrections Deputy Sheriff are physically and mentally difficult. Due to the risks of working in such a field, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office provides a long term disability (LTD) insurance policy for all sworn Law Enforcement Division Deputy Sheriffs, Sergeants, Lieutenants and other...
June 24, 2016 —
Due to conditions that included Polyneuropathy, Encephalopathy, Osteomyelitis, Radiculitis, and Degenerative Disc Disease with Myelopathy, a Registered Nurse of Fresenius Medical Care North America was forced to stop working in June of 2012. Luckily for her, her employer provided coverage under a Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance policy with...
April 26, 2016 —
Cigna insurance company made a horrible decision to deny long term disability benefits to a former Palm Beach County corrections officer. Multiple doctors supported her claim for benefits, but Cigna made a decision to deny long term disability benefits. Faced with the only option of filing an ERISA appeal, the claimant hired Attorney Alex...
April 7, 2016 —
A former PACE Site Manager for Sentara Healthcare contacted our office after being referred to us by her Social Security Disability Attorney. After 4.5 years of being on claim, out of nowhere CIGNA denied her continued long term disability (LTD) benefits. She came to us after an appeal she filed on her own had been denied. Fortunately, the LTD...
February 26, 2016 —
A former employee of the Visiting Nurse Association contacted our office after the Life Insurance Company of North America (aka CIGNA) sent her a letter in May of 2015 advising her that after a new review was conducted on her claim they now agreed that she was disabled and eligible for benefits for the limited time period of 09/04/2009 through...
February 9, 2016 —
Disability attorney Alex Palamara wins appeal for an individual suffering with diabetes, back pain, and liver disease. This claimant was cutoff after 7 years of payments. Within months of hiring Alex, we were able to file an ERISA appeal and win a reversal of the denial.
January 7, 2016 —
A former employee of Critigen, Inc. contacted our office after the Life Insurance Company of North America (aka Cigna) denied her claim for Short Term Disability (STD) Benefits. This Client Services Manager had previously worked at Critigen since 2011 but found herself unable to continue to perform the material duties of her regular occupation due...