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Disability Insurance Attorneys Archives

What Does “Material and Substantial Duties” Mean in a Disability Claim?

We often use the phrase that a person is “unable to perform the material and substantial duties of their occupation” in our representation of claimants. What exactly does that mean? The term “Material and Substantial Duties” is often a defined term in policies for Disability Insurance. This often includes BOTH private Individual policies, and group […]

Aetna Is Defeated In First Circuit On Arbitrary And Capricious Denial Of Claim

Frankel & Newfield has represented more than a few Aetna disability insurance claimants where the court has noted the conflict of a company that serves as reviewer and payor of claims. In this case, Aetna suffered defeat at the First Circuit Court of Appeals, where it was the Appellant, seeking to have the Circuit Court […]

Social Media Posts Become Even More Dangerous for Insurance Claimants

We have shared several times in the past few years about the perils of social media for disability claimants. But the issue of how insurance companies are utilizing social media posts has taken a new turn, and there is reason to be concerned. Earlier this year, the New York State Department of Financial Services, the […]

Aetna Ordered To Trial In Connecticut Federal Court On ERISA Disability Case

A Federal Judge in Connecticut has ordered Aetna to trial on a denial of group long term disability insurance claim, under ERISA. The Court denied the parties’ motions for summary judgment, and has stated that “A trial will be scheduled for the earliest date.” The parties submitted competing reports from experts – Aetna relying upon […]

Summer is Lyme Season – What That Means for Disability Claims

A mild winter is usually followed by an increase in the number of ticks in the spring and summer. This summer, the number of ticks that carry several disease have increased, as have the number of ticks infected with diseases that threaten humans. In addition to Lyme, people need to know about the Powassan virus, […]

We Overturn Reliance’s Termination of Disability Benefits for Former Registered Nurse at Highly Regarded Hospital in New York

Our client, a 56-year old Registered Nurse at one of the top 25 ranked best hospitals in New York State, retained the services of our firm to fight for her wrongfully terminated disability claim – after Reliance Standard found her disabled for the past 5 years and paid her benefits. Our client was diagnosed with […]

What Triggers Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

New research suggests that the body’s response to infection may be responsible for onset of a Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), according to research from King’s College in London. The study, reported by The Guardian, found that an overactive immune response appears to be a trigger for persistent fatigue. CFS is a debilitating long-term condition where […]

How Much Information Access is Too Much?

“I filed a disability claim and signed a document that gave the company the right to get information about me, which I thought was fine – until I started getting requests for everything from my personal finances to my transcripts from college. How much information do they need, and how much am I supposed to […]

Yes, You Still Need to Get Disability Insurance

Despite all of the battles that we wage on behalf of clients and their families, we still advise our clients, colleagues and friends to make sure they have disability insurance policies in place. We also advise those who are employees to look into purchasing additional private disability policies. The disability insurance coverage provided as part […]



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