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Surgeon Who Can’t Perform Surgeries May Not be “Totally Disabled,” Says Court

In our previous post, we looked how one California court analyzed the interpretation of “total disability” as applied to a gynecologist’s claim for disability benefits.  In this post, we look at another California case, Gross v. UnumProvident Life Ins. Co., … Continue reading

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When Doctors Become Patients

A recent New York Times article by Eric D. Manheimer, medical director of Bellevue Hospital Center and author of the memoir “Twelve Patients”, gives a firsthand account of what it’s like for a physician to suddenly become a patient.  This … Continue reading

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Once ERISA, Always ERISA: How and why to avoid having your disability insurance policy controlled by The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974

Disability insurance carriers have increasingly used The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) to their advantage.  While ERISA was supposed to be for the protection of employees, it is actually being used to protect insurance companies and employers. … Continue reading

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Comitz | Beethe: Solid Record With All Major Disability Insurance Carriers

Phoenix-based Comitz | Beethe and its attorneys have resolved cases in Arizona and nationally with all of the leading disability insurance companies and third-party administrators  in the country, including, among many others: Berkshire, Boston Mutual, CIGNA, Disability Management Services (“DMS”), Disability Reinsurance … Continue reading

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AAJ Names Ten Worst Insurers

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently released its report on “The Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America.” The AAJ reached its conclusions after a thorough investigation of insurers’ legal and financial filings. Read the entire report: The Ten Worst Insurance Companies in … Continue reading

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Colorado Enacts Legislation Blocking Bonuses for Denials

In March 2010, the Colorado Senate proposed legislation aimed at prohibiting insurers from paying bonuses or other financial incentives to claims adjusters for denying or delaying meritorious claims or medical care. The legislation was prompted by a 60 Minutes investigative … Continue reading

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Unum Increases Profits While Workers “Gut it Out”

In an interview, Unum CEO Thomas Watjen remarked that the recession has led to fewer disability claims being filed, because workers are increasingly insecure about their position at work and are more likely to “gut it out” rather than file … Continue reading

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ABC News: The Insurer Who Spied on Me

ABC’s Good Morning America recently reported on an insurance company performing video surveillance of disability insurance claimants and then unfairly cutting off their benefits. Read:  The Insurer Who Spied On Me

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Too Sick to Work? They Disagree

SmartMoney Magazine has a shocking article in the February 10, 2010 edition regarding the tactics of insurance companies in fighting with disabled insureds over whether they are “too sick to work.” For Lori Dawson, the calls of concern would come … Continue reading

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Unum Reduces Future Claim Reserves

Unum, one of the largest disability insurance companies, has increased its profits by reducing an account that holds reserves against future claims. According to Barron’s, by slashing these reserves, Unum was able to add $292 million to its $1.1 billion … Continue reading

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