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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 […]

A Thanksgiving Message from Frankel & Newfield

When we started this firm, our vision was to maintain a deliberately small, focused long-term disability insurance practice where we, as the partners, would work closely with our clients to help them during a time of stress and worry. When clients work with Frankel & Newfield, they work with Justin Frankel and Jason Newfield. We […]

Can “Magic Mushrooms” Be a Solution to Anxiety and Depression – If FDA Give Its Blessing?

Anxiety and depression are two leading factors for disability claims. With about 29 states and the District of Columbia now permitting the use of medical marijuana, and cannabis now showing up seemingly everywhere, from your breakfast smoothie to skin care, what’s coming next? According to this article from Vogue, “Magic Mushrooms” May Be an FDA-Approved […]

Justin C. Frankel and Jason A. Newfield are Named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers 2018 List

Partners Justin C. Frankel and Jason A. Newfield have been selected to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list as two of the top New York metro area lawyers for 2018. Both Mr. Frankel and Mr. Newfield were named Super Lawyers from 2013 – 2018, and Mr. Frankel was selected in 2011. Each year, Super […]

Biomarker Could Change Everything About Depression Disability Claims

For the first time, a study has shown that low levels of a specific molecule in the blood can be linked to both the severity and the duration of depression. A collaborative study from Stanford University and Rockefeller University and several other research institutions have found that people who suffer from depression have lower levels […]

Risks of Lasik Surgery Include Disabilities

The promises sound great – no more glasses, no more contact lenses – unlimited vision. And for most people, Lasik surgery is a life changer. But not everyone has a success story. Many men and women who undergo Lasik surgery are left with double and triple vision, an inability to drive at night, painful dry […]

Federal Court Overturns LTD Denial by Sedgwick’s Dr. Mendelssohn

Our disability insurance law firm has come up against Sedgwick, a third party administrator of disability insurance claims, and Dr. Martin Mendelssohn, an orthopedist who is a hired gun for many insurance companies, performing paper only reviews supporting claim denials and terminations, so it is always rewarding to read about a federal judge who agrees […]

Federal Court Finds CIGNA Failed to Provide Claimant with a Full and Fair Review

In an ERISA disability case that began with an appeal filed in 2014, a plaintiff sought a judicial review of the determination by Life Insurance Company of America (LINA, a member of the CIGNA family of disability insurance companies) that his occupation did not fall under the classification of Sales Personnel and therefore he was […]

Leading Senate Democrats Follow California Inquiry; Colorado, Washington and Connecticut Also Looking Into Aetna’s Process of Claims Review

If you’re not already mad as hell about how decisions are made by disability and health insurance companies already, reading the deposition of Dr. Jay Iinuma, a medical director for Aetna Insurance, will certainly send you in that direction. We are linking to this deposition here, because we believe that every person who has an […]



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