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Wheeler v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Seeks LTD Benefits for Injured Seaman

Wheeler v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company Seeks LTD Benefits for Injured Seaman September 14, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
San Diego, CA Christopher Wheeler was a Coxswain/Diesel mechanic, a contractor doing heavy physical work for the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet. On March 17, 2015, he was badly injured during a storm at sea off Bahrain. Hospitals and rehab landed him a computer job for which he had no aptitude or training. When that didn’t work out, his employer, Exelis, Inc. terminated his employment and Metropolitan Life Insurance (MetLife) denied his long term disability benefit application. He filed a long term denied disability lawsuit on August 2, 2018 in the Southern District of California. California’s de novo standard for the review of disability claims under ERISA may work to Wheeler’s benefit.
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Dentist Claims Injury, Unum Claims Sickness to Deny

Dentist Claims Injury, Unum Claims Sickness to Deny September 13, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
San Diego, CA: A dental surgeon has filed a bad faith lawsuit against Unum, or First Unum after the giant insurer denied his long term disability benefits claiming his injury is a sickness. The Unum lawsuit claims that Unum denied the dentist his rightful benefits to protect their own interests.
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Aetna Denies Disability – Is there a Doctor in the House?

Aetna Denies Disability – Is there a Doctor in the House? September 3, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Los Angeles, CA: California's insurance commissioner in February 2018 launched an investigation into Aetna after discovering a former medical director for the insurer (independent medical examiner) admitted under oath that he never looked at policy holder’s records to decide whether to approve or deny their long term disability benefits. Now a California woman has filed a complaint against the huge insurance provider claiming a similar issue.
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Disability Claims Consultant Explains Unum’s Latest Practice to Dispute or Deny Long Term Disability Benefits

Disability Claims Consultant Explains Unum’s Latest Practice to Dispute or Deny Long Term Disability Benefits August 14, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Santa Clara, CA: As a disability claims consultant and former Unum employee, Linda Nee knows just about every trick in the insurance company’s books to dispute and deny disability benefits to claimants. She says that Unum, or First Unum is “nickel and diming” its policy holders by alleging overpayments associated with SSDI and other monthly earnings offsets, including Retirement Income.
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Hartford Insurance Denies Disability Benefits and Pays Millions to bail out a town

Hartford Insurance Denies Disability Benefits and Pays Millions to bail out a town August 13, 2018. By Jane Mundy.
Hartford, CT: Imagine that an injury results in you being disabled and unable to return to work. You apply for long term disability but Hartford, your insurance company, denies your benefits. You don’t have any savings and no other source of income. And then you find out that Hartford, along with two other insurance companies, bails out the town of Hartford for millions of dollars – and not even their policyholders. Wouldn’t you want to be part of that payout? Wouldn’t you be angry, to say the least?
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Summary Judgment for Lincoln National in Barber v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Company

Summary Judgment for Lincoln National in Barber v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Company July 25, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Cincinnati, OH On May 18, 2018, the Sixth Circuit denied Oliver Barber’s appeal in his long term denied disability lawsuit against Lincoln Financial (the marketing name for Lincoln National Corporation and insurance company affiliates). This is likely the end of the road for Barber’s lawsuit, but it was hard fought and thoroughly argued. There is a lot to learn from Barber about how to succeed in future long-term disability lawsuits.
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Court Orders Unum Doctor to Reveal How Much He Was Paid for His Opinion

Court Orders Unum Doctor to Reveal How Much He Was Paid for His Opinion July 17, 2018. By Lori Prapas.
New Orleans, LA Unum Group has come under scrutiny yet again for alleged deceptive practices. This time the insurance giant has lost a battle in the Wittmann v. Unum Life Insurance Co. litigation. Plaintiff attorney Anne Wittmann, who alleges that she was wrongfully denied disability benefits, subpoenaed financial records from James H. Bress, M.D., who Unum hired to review her claim. Unum Group fought back, by moving to quash the subpoena. On July 11, 2018, a Federal District Judge in Louisiana Ordered that the records be turned over so Plaintiffs can ascertain whether his opinion was swayed by a financial dependence on the insurance carrier.
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Surveillance Sinks Liberty Mutual Long Term Denied Disability Lawsuits

Surveillance Sinks Liberty Mutual Long Term Denied Disability Lawsuits July 12, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Boston, MA Fifty minutes and fifty-eight seconds of video showed Donna Cusson walking her dog, shopping, and eating in a restaurant. That was enough to doom her long term denied disability lawsuit against Liberty Mutual. It is an eight-year old case, so some things have changed -- not the fact of surveillance in LTD cases, though. And now it’s not just video tape that LTD claimants have to worry about.
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MetLife Refuses to Disclose Background Claim Processing Principles

MetLife Refuses to Disclose Background Claim Processing Principles June 28, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Jacksonville, FL: On April, 20, 2018, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida denied a Metropolitan Life benefit claimant the right to see the company’s internal claim processing guidelines. Perera v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company actually relates to death benefits, but it relies heavily on an earlier decision in a long term denied disability lawsuit against MetLife.
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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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