It’s estimated there will 281,550 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in 2021, as well as 49,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. Worse, it’s estimated that 43,600 women will die from breast cancer in the U.S. this year. How many of these deaths could have been prevented through early detection and […]
Does the Court Award Attorney Fees in ERISA LTD Claims?
Most employee group long-term disability insurance plans are governed under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or ERISA, a set of federal laws that protect the rights of policyholders. Among other things, ERISA gives policyholders the right to appeal an insurance company’s decision to deny a claim for LTD benefits. The law offices […]
Parkinson’s Awareness Month – What are the Disability Benefits Available If You Have Parkinson’s Disease?
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, so let’s take some time to discuss Parkinson’s disease (PD). With over 200,000 new cases diagnosed each year, it’s important to know what Parkinson’s disease is, how it can be treated, and the disability benefits available to those who are unable to work due to the symptoms of their PD. […]
Why Connecting Multiple Impairments is Important in an LTD Disability Benefits Claim
Many individuals who apply for Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits are unable to work due to multiple impairments. While a single impairment may not make a person disabled enough to qualify for benefits, the combined effect of connecting multiple impairments can. Individuals who file claims for multiple impairments must be able to demonstrate how each […]
How Will a Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion Impact Your LTD Insurance Claim?
Having a pre-existing medical condition could make it harder for you to get long term disability (LTD) benefits from your insurance company. There are limits to what an LTD benefits insurance plan will cover. They’re described in your insurance policy as “exclusions.” Exclusions are written into every LTD insurance policy. The purpose of these exclusions […]
Collecting Attorney Fees in an ERISA Disability Lawsuits
If you are forced to file an ERISA lawsuit against an insurance company for unfairly denying a claim for disability benefits, can you ask to be reimbursed for attorneys’ fees as part of your settlement? If an insurance company has denied your claim for disability benefits, ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974), the […]
What Remedies Can You Recover From An ERISA Disability Lawsuit?
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) is a federal law enacted to protect an individual from pension and insurance fraud. Its rules apply to almost all employee group short term and long term disability policies. Among other things, ERISA gives a policyholder the right to appeal an insurance company’s decision to deny […]
Private versus Group Disability Denials: What You Need To Know
People purchase disability insurance to provide supplemental income in the event that they become too ill or injured to work. There are two types of long-term disability insurance policies: group and private. Group disability insurance policies are purchased by employees as part of a “group” insurance plan provided by their employers. Private disability policies are […]
Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment Could Cost You Disability Benefits
If you are filing a claim for long-term disability benefits, always follow your doctor’s instructions and review your disability policy. You may lose your disability benefits if it can be determined that you failed to follow prescribed treatments. Don’t let this happen to you. Insurance companies like to use failure to follow prescribed treatment as […]
Can your Long Term Disability Insurance Company require you to turn over your Social Security Award?
Workers who have bought long term disability insurance plans through your employers and have become too sick or injured to work may be encouraged by their insurance company to apply for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration as well. Sometimes this can be a terrible mistake. An insurance company will ask you to apply […]