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September 2013 Archives

Court Rules Against CIGNA on Dependent Offset Efforts

A New York Federal Court has ruled against CIGNA and in favor of a long term disability insurance claimant, on an important issue for many claimants. This is whether CIGNA is permitted to offset for benefits paid to a dependent, such as a child. At issue in this case was whether CIGNA was permitted to offset benefits and potentially recover an overpayment of benefits paid to the claimant, for benefits received from Social Security and paid on behalf of the claimant's minor child.

Will Congress Investigation Impact LTD Claims?

We understand why Congress is looking into fraud by less than 1 percent of Social Security disability beneficiaries and less than 1 percent of disability payments from December 2010- to January 2013. Frankel & Newfield does not handle Social Security disability claims, but our clients depend on both their private/ERISA disability benefits and Social Security disability benefits to pay bills and take care of their families.

Federal Appeals Court Reverses Decision of Insurer, Finds Principal Insurance to be Arbitrary and Capricious

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals, hearing a case which came of the Federal Court in New York's Southern District, has overturned the decision of the District Court judge and determined that Principal Insurance was arbitrary and capricious in its denial of benefits to an insured with a long term disability insurance claim. The claimant, a partner in a law firm, suffered from bilateral tinnitus which was accompanied by ear pain, hearing loss, headaches and vertigo.

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