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Big Law Employee Sues Unum Group for Denial of Benefits

Big Law Employee Sues Unum Group for Denial of Benefits June 22, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Greeneville, TN: On May 14, 2018, Janet Mitchell, a former employee of the mega law firm Jones Day, filed a lawsuit against both Unum and Jones Day in a Tennessee Federal Court. Mitchell states that she suffers from a constellation of health conditions that prevent her from being able to work, including coronary artery disease, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, hypertension, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She alleges that Unum denied her claim for long-term disability benefits even though several of her treating physicians provided Unum with medical reports supporting her claim. Yet Unum denied her claim without ever having one of its own physicians examine her. The lawsuit says the denial was issued in bad faith, in order for Unum Provident to meet its monthly target.
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Ninth Circuit Champions Wrongly Denied Disability Claimant

Ninth Circuit Champions Wrongly Denied Disability Claimant June 8, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Los Angeles, CA In Bowlin v. The Prudential Life Insurance Company of America, the United States District Court for the Central District of California overruled Prudential’s decision to deny long term disability benefits to a worker who gave evidence of many physical and psychological ailments. Bowlin is something of a rarity in long term denied disability lawsuits because the plaintiff won. Maybe it’s a trend in California, though.
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Unum Insurance Lawsuits Gain Momentum

Unum Insurance Lawsuits Gain Momentum May 18, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
Ellicott City, MD: A former Maryland project manager for a real estate company has accused the Unum Group of suspending her monthly disability payments after 26 years of payments when she was elected to serve part-time on the Howard County Board of Education. Five years after notifying Unum life insurance that she had been elected to the Board of Education position, her benefits were terminated and she does not know why.
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Fibromyalgia sufferer wins denied disability claim lawsuit against Hartford

Fibromyalgia sufferer wins denied disability claim lawsuit against Hartford May 4, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Seattle, WA: Long term denied disability lawsuits have a way of careening into highly technical territory about the appropriate standard of legal review or the precise process for deciding appeals. Not so with Reetz v. Hartford Life & Accident Ins. Co. . This was an evidence case.
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Another Chance after LTD Denial? Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Continues to Crumble in MetLife Lawsuit

Another Chance after LTD Denial? Arbitrary and Capricious Standard Continues to Crumble in MetLife Lawsuit April 25, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
New York, NY Alexander Sigal was deeply depressed and, after a period of hospitalization, found himself unable to work as a computer programmer. Benefits under his employer’s MetLife long term disability plan were eventually terminated, and his administrative appeal was denied. His ensuing MetLife LTD lawsuit, however, revealed a fatal flaw in the denial of his appeal.
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Unum: You Win Some, You Lose Some

Unum: You Win Some, You Lose Some March 26, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Grand Rapids, MI: While you rarely hear about it, the fact remains that in some cases an insurance company that denies an insured short, or long-term disability benefits sometimes gets it right. To wit, a federal magistrate in Michigan earlier this month determined that Unum Life Insurance Company of America was within its rights to discontinue disability benefits after two years, noting that the plaintiff's wrongly denied disability claims were not credible.
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Liberty Mutual Administrator Must Consider Evidence of 'Broken Heart'

Liberty Mutual Administrator Must Consider Evidence of 'Broken Heart' March 13, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Youngstown, OH Shelley Westfall and her son both worked at the same WalMart distribution center. Her son died while working there, and Shelley could not bring herself to go back to work at that location. When her long term disability benefits were discontinued, she filed a lawsuit alleging that her denied disability appeal had been wrongly decided because the plan administrator refused to consider evidence of her disabling emotional state.
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A Tale of Two Unum Lawsuits

A Tale of Two Unum Lawsuits March 12, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
Gibsonia, PA: Tucked in amongst a seemingly never-ending barrage of positivity stemming from the Unum camp with regard to investment, expansion and financial performance are the ever-lurking Unum insurance lawsuits alleging bad faith insurance and similar frustrations after an insurer that happily accepts monthly premiums suddenly does an about-face and pulls that plug when it comes time to pay up.
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A New Way for Unum Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Fight Biased Medical Review

A New Way for Unum Lawsuit Plaintiffs to Fight Biased Medical Review March 5, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC: Unum lawsuits frequently claim the insurance behemoth relies on unfair, inadequate or biased medical review to deny long term disability benefits. If and when the case goes to trial, courts tend to defer to whatever the plan administrator decided. A plaintiff could get depressed.
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Diagnosed with Lyme Disease, Plaintiff is Denied by Unum Disability Insurance

Diagnosed with Lyme Disease, Plaintiff is Denied by Unum Disability Insurance February 14, 2018. By Gordon Gibb.
San Diego, CA: A medical professional who could no longer fulfill the functions of her occupation due to a diagnosis of Lyme disease, had her long term disability benefits claim denied by her LTD provider. Plaintiff Laura Wakil holds that Unum unfairly denied her LTD benefits that were rightfully hers' according to the terms of her policy, and she is taking the insurer to court after filing an Unum lawsuit in an attempt to achieve benefits resulting from her disability.
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