Disability Insurance Lawyer Blog

Summertime is Surveillance Season for Disability Insurance Companies

Private investigators who work for disability insurance companies love summertime, especially summer holiday weekends. They are accustomed to missing family events because they are busy recording your family events. Summer is when the outdoors beckon and people who have spent far too many hours in bed, on the couch or in doctor’s offices want, even if just for a short while, to feel like they have a normal life. It’s understandable – and the investigators take advantage of that. The studied nonchalance of videotaping others while giving the appearance of checking for email messages on a cell phone and the amazingly small sizes of cameras and audio recorders has made assembling a file of records of your activities outside of the house frighteningly easy. You may not have left the house for weeks – but the one time that your family gathers for an outdoor barbeque is the time that...
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Partner Jason Newfield Invited to Speak at National ERISA Litigation Conference

Partner Jason Newfield has been invited to take part in the ERISA Litigation Conference, presented by American Conference Institute in October with a topic that has grown in importance in a wide variety of practice areas. Jason will be taking part in a discussion of ERISA as it impacts disability law. He is in very distinguished company – other invited speakers are from global law firms, no less than ten judges will participate in the conference and a number of marquee name insurance companies involved in the long term disability claim arena, including Guardian Life Insurance, CIGNA Insurance Group, AIG and The Hartford. Learn more about the conference here....
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WRONGFUL TERMINATION OF AN ERISA DISABILITY CLAIM FOR MS PATIENT

Disability insurance lawyers Frankel & Newfield are very pleased to report that we have successfully appealed an ERISA denial for a client who suffers from MS. Our client applied for disability benefits from his CIGNA disability policy, which was part of his employee compensation package from a global pharmaceutical company. CIGNA paid his benefits for a few months, and then without warning, terminated his claim. Click here to learn more about this case. If you suffer from MS or a similar progressive disease, there are certain issues that you need to be aware of to protect your disability benefits. If you have questions, call our office at 877-LTD-CLAIM (877-583-2524). ...
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CIGNA and the Consumer Affairs Website

We’ve noticed an uptick in the number of long term disability insurance complaints posted on the Consumer Affairs website concerning CIGNA, and that always grabs our attention. In fairness, this is a self-reporting website and it is not affiliated with Consumer Reports or with any government consumer affairs agency. But the satisfaction rating is pretty bad, with an endless series of personal stories of people who are being subjected to stress, phone calls, repeated requests for paperwork and what appears to be an overwhelming number of unhappy disability claimants. Perhaps the most striking was the man from North Carolina who had a heart attack, died and was brought back to life, who suffers from cardiac problems complicated by diabetes. He had his case closed without notice in early April. But the woman who was told “get another job” when her claim was denied was pretty heartless also. Websites like Consumer...
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