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December 2009 Archives


Our client, a Global Product Manager with a large international bank, suffers from a painful orthopedic condition that makes it impossible for him to perform in his job. Hartford went after his disability insurance benefits on several fronts, and we fought back and won.

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS for all the wrong reasons?

The holidays are a time of joy and celebration. But if an injury or illness has made it impossible for you to work, the holidays are an especially challenging time of year. If you are up against what seems like a Great Wall of Disability, where the long term disability insurance policy that you counted on has instead become an obstacle that you can neither go around, over or through, it may be time to consider retaining an attorney. If you are not sure what your next move should be, call our offices. You have enough to deal with. We can help.

Court Finds Decision Arbitrary and Capricious

Despite acknowledging that the abuse of discretion standard of review is quite deferential to plan administrators, a court has determined that Harvard's termination of benefits was an abuse of discretion. The Court found the administrator improperly rejected the panoply of supporting physicians, and that the only medical opinions that were unfavorable to the claimant were those procured by the administrator. The Court also was troubled by the failure to consider both Social Security and Workers' Compensation awards.

MSNBC Reports: Job Losses Send Disability Claims Soaring

The impact that the twin forces of a deep recession and an aging boomer population is having on increasing disability claims across the country is no news to Frankel & Newfield. The phone calls and emails received in our office over the last six months are from people between a rock and a hard place. In a kinder economic environment, the workplace might have been more flexible with doctor's appointments and more than usual sick days. Today there's little room for employees with problems, regardless of circumstances. And once a disabled person is out of work, there are fewer opportunities, and fewer options. A formerly healthy and hardworking person who is out of work and applying for disability because of illness or an accident should not be treated like a slacker.

Prudential Disability Insurance Policyholder - A Successful ERISA Appeal from Frankel & Newfield

Despite bringing in one of the insurance industry's big guns for hire - a doctor whose practice is more focused on helping insurance companies keep a healthy bottom line than with patient care - Frankel & Newfield has won an ERISA appeal for yet another client.

Reality TV and Disability Insurance Claims

Reality TV wanna-be's seem to be everywhere lately, taking their search for fame and fortune beyond the bounds of common sense. An interior designer from California appeared on a home improvement show while collecting disability insurance. Sadly for him, an employee for the insurance company was a big fan of the show. He was convicted for insurance fraud and tax fraud and had to pay the private insurance company more than $150,000.

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