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April 2010 Archives

FRANKEL & NEWFIELD EDUCATE DENTISTS ON DISABILITY INSURANCE ISSUES AT GREATER LONG ISLAND DENTAL MEETING

The law firm of Frankel & Newfield was pleased to show our support for the dental community by participating in this year's GLIDM. Dentists, orthodontists, periodontists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, dental practice administrators and others in the dental professional gathered at the Huntington Hilton for a day developed to the arts and science of dentistry. During the evening session on April 21, Justin Frankel presented a program on disability insurance geared to the specific needs of dentists.

FRANKEL & NEWFIELD WINS ERSIA APPEAL AGAINST CIGNA FOR GEORGIA MAN WITH HIV/AIDS

Our client was a 44 year old man from Georgia, working as management consultant for a large financial management firm. He filed a claim for disability insurance when his illness, HIV/AIDs, became too debilitating and he could no longer work. His monthly benefit was sizable - and CIGNA denied his claim from the very start.

ERISA APPEAL AGAINST THE HARTFORD REINSTATES BENEFITS FOR COLORADO RESIDENT

Disability benefits were being paid to our client, a 51 year old man who was a high performing, high income insurance agent from Colorado. Working in the insurance business is no guarantee that a disability insurance policy claim will go smoothly - there's no 'professional courtesy' in this business.

GOOD MORNING AMERICA REPORT ON DISABILITY INSURANCE COMPANY TACTICS SPARKS FLOOD OF CALLS

Good Morning America investigative reporters Chris Cuomo and Gerry Wagschal have reported on several cases on claimants whose benefits were cut off after disability insurance companies used undercover surveillance videos. The response to these reports has been dramatic, and a follow up broadcast aired this week in response to the flood of calls generated by the story.

Benefits Awarded to Chronic Fatigue Claimant

A Federal Court has determined that a claimant suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome satisfied her burden of demonstrating that she was unable to perform the material duties of any occupation, entitling her to reinstatement of her disability insurance benefits. The Court held that the claimant had medical evidence of her condition (CFS), had subjective complaints which served as evidence of her impairment, along with strong support from her treating providers. Further supporting the opinion from the Court was Social Security's determination of impairment.

Court Reinstates Claimant with Orthopedic Impairments

A Federal Court in Michigan has ordered Met Life to reinstate the claim of a Bearing Point employee, whose claim had been terminated on the basis of a paper review by a well known insurance company provider. The Court took issue with a number of aspects of the claim handling, in reaching the result that Met Life abused its discretion. The Court noted that even the arbitrary and capricious standard of review "has some teeth" and considered numerous aspects of the claim handling to be indicative of a financially conflicted fiduciary.

JUSTIN FRANKEL TO ADDRESS DENTAL PROFESSIONALS AT GREATER LONG ISLAND DENTAL MEETING - DENTISTS FROM NASSAU, SUFFOLK, QUEENS, NEW YORK COUNTIES

As a result of years of repetitive movements and maintaining awkward positions, typically for long hours, dentists tend to have back, shoulder, arm, wrist, hand, head and neck problems. Many find themselves struggling to continue to practice, or completely unable to practice, and so dentists, orthodontists, periodontists and other dental professionals file disability insurance claims. Disability insurance companies love to sell policies to dentists - they can afford high premiums for these private policies - but they hate paying on claims.

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