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Northwestern Mutual sued by shareholder attorney for underpaying and denying long-term disability benefits

A Washington disability attorney filed a federal lawsuit in the District Court serving the Western District Court of Washington at Seattle against Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company (Northwestern). The Plaintiff, Scott D., worked as a shareholder attorney at a law firm in the state of Washington. Plaintiff was covered under a long-term disability policy purchased from Northwestern, who was contracted by the law firm to provide these benefits to its employees.

In Scott D. v. Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company, Plaintiff is suing Northwestern for the underpayment of and the denial of long-term disability benefits.

The Facts Of The Case Against Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

Plaintiff was a shareholder attorney until approximately July 28, 2005. Plaintiff suffered a disabling injury, which caused him to be unable to work at his profession. Plaintiff is eligible to receive both short-term and long-term disability benefits until he reaches 65 years old. Plaintiff filed for short-term disability benefits, which was accepted by Northwestern.

Northwestern Underpays Plaintiff’s Short-Term Benefits, Denies Future Short-Term And Long-Term Disability Benefits

Plaintiff accused Northwestern of underpaying those benefits. Northwestern agreed to review the additional information supplied by the Plaintiff and agreed that the calculations for payments were inaccurate, but refused to reconsider the mathematical bases for its calculations. Plaintiff asked Northwestern to review the submitted information again, but again, Northwestern refused to accept this approach.

Both the Plaintiff and Northwestern agreed to reconsider the denial within a three-year time period, as that is the time period for reconsideration as defined by the plan. However, Northwestern still has not changed its position to adjust the monthly payments that are sent to the Plaintiff. Due to this impasse, Plaintiff has filed this disability lawsuit against Northwestern.

Disability Lawsuit Filed Against Northwestern By Washington Attorney

According to the terms of the lawsuit, Plaintiff alleged that Northwestern did not provide the following to the Plaintiff:

According to the terms of the lawsuit, Plaintiff alleged that Northwestern committed the following wrongful actions against the Plaintiff:

Plaintiff Seeks Following Relief From The Court

Northwestern’s actions against the Plaintiff has caused the Plaintiff to seek the following relief from the Court:

All other relief that the Court deems equitable and just.

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Our disability insurance lawyers help policy holders seeking short or long term disability insurance benefits from Northwestern Mutual. We have helped thousands of disability insurance claimants nationwide with monthly disability benefits. With more than 40 years of disability insurance experience we have helped individuals in almost every occupation and we are familiar with the disability income policies offered by Northwestern Mutual.

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Our lawyers help individuals that have either purchased a Northwestern Mutual long term disability insurance policy from an insurance company or obtained short or long term disability insurance coverage as a benefit from their employer.

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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.

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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.

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