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July 2012 Archives

Liberty Mutual Denies Grieving Mother's Claim, We Overcome MCN Review

Long term disability insurance companies are not known for warmth or compassion, but this particular denial has a particularly cold feel to it. On Easter morning, without warning, the only child of our client, a 53 year old woman, passed away. Our client was overwhelmed by grief, anxiety and depression, and was unable to concentrate in her job as a senior claims adjuster with an insurance company. Her work history was excellent - she had been with the company for 35 years.

Insurers Facing Rising Loss Ratios for Disability Insurance

Bad news for long term disability insurance companies invariably means worse news for long term disability policyholders. We've seen it in the past, and this recent article from Insurance & Financial Advisor has a dire warning for policyholders - but you have to read between the lines. Long-term disability insurance companies experienced greater loss ratios in 2011 than in the two previous years - and you can believe that they didn't do that well in 2012 either.

Aetna Found Arbitrary and Capricious on Termination of Long Term Disability Insurance Claim

A Federal judge in Ohio has determined that Aetna's reliance upon well known insurance pandering doctors contributed to a finding that its termination of a long term disability insurance claim was arbitrary and capricious. Aetna relied upon a number of doctors that regularly perform paper only medical reviews for insurers, including Dr. Richard Kaplan, Dr. Philip Marion, and Dr. Elena Mendelssohn.

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