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June 2013 Archives

Overturn Standard's Termination on Vocational Issues for Cancer Patient

One of the more agonizing forms of cancer, particularly for individuals accustomed to active jobs that involve constant interactions with employees and customers, is throat cancer. Our client, formerly a director of Parking and Security for a hospital, spent several years being in charge of the facility, a team of employees and vehicles, in an environment that required being able to speak clearly to convey instructions every minute of the day - during working hours and even when off premises.

Court Finds Sun Life Unreasonable in Evaluating Pre-Existing Treatment

A Federal judge in Missouri has determined that Sun Life acted unreasonably, where it sought to apply a pre-existing limitation clause in its long term disability insurance policy to deny coverage to a claimant. Often, ERISA group LTD policies have provisions which will serve to bar coverage for long term disability insurance, even where a claimant receives the full amount of short term disability coverage.

Cigna Disability Settlement - What does it mean for you?

Claimants who have had problems with their Cigna long term disability insurance policy or who are about to file a claim may be concerned about what may happen as a result of the massive multi-state insurance settlement recently announced. This multi-state settlement involved California, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Maine and Massachusetts.


After successfully defending our client when Liberty Mutual first terminated her disability insurance benefits during the "Own Occupation" period of her policy, our client was relieved and hopeful that she could focus on managing her illness. In an unusually aggressive move, Liberty Mutual terminated her disability insurance benefits a second time, only a short time later, when her claim was in the "Any Occupation" review process.

Court Finds Sedgwick to be Arbitrary and Capricious

A Federal Court in Florida has found that Sedgwick, a third party administrator for long term disability insurance claims, acted in an arbitrary and capricious manner in the handling of a claim for long term disability benefits. The claimant suffered from a myriad of medical conditions including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and other co-morbid conditions.

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