Monthly Archives: February 2013

Justin Frankel Selected as a “Top Ten” Legal Eagle by Long Island Press

We represent disability policyholders nationwide, but it's always nice to receive a nod of recognition in New York, so we were very pleased that both Justin Frankel and Jason Newfield were the only Long Term Disability Insurance attorneys to be selected in Long Island Pulse Magazine's annual Legal Eagles issue, which highlights highly-rated lawyers on Long Island. Making this even more exciting was that Justin Frankel was selected as one of the "Top Ten" Legal Eagles for 2013 on Long Island. When we consider how many attorneys there are on Long Island (and there are thousands in Nassau and Suffolk counties), being named to the "Top Ten" is even better. We like to believe that this recognition by Long Island Pulse and its readers is a direct result of the commitment that we have made as attorneys to the needs of disability claimants. Our practice has remained focused...
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Court Determines Long Term Disability Insurance Claimant Entitled to Benefits

A Federal court in Oregon has determined that a claimant on long term disability should have her LTD benefits reinstated, which were wrongfully terminated by Aetna. The claimant, who worked directly for the Assistant General Counsel for Boeing, submitted a claim in 2009, which was initially accepted by Aetna, as claim administrator, and paid by Boeing. The claimant had a long history of orthopedic problems in her spine, and had multiple surgeries in an effort to secure relief from her difficulties. She was disabled due to the functional limitations of her orthopedic problems, as well as the chronic pain, for which she took considerable pain medications.Her treating doctor provided objective evidence to support her impairment and demonstrated that she was functionally unable to engage in her work. The Court was troubled by Aetna's failure to afford meaningful consideration to the claimant's treating providers' opinions, noting that a "treating physician has...
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