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When Should I Speak with a Disability Insurance Lawyer?

Apr 23, 2019 | Blog |

As you prepare to file a disability insurance claim, you might hear a lot of conflicting opinions about whether you need a lawyer. While you may be tempted to postpone hiring an attorney, it’s typically in your best interest to consult with one before you file a disability claim — rather than at the end of the process. Below, Bryant Legal Group explains why hiring a disability lawyer early on in the process can strengthen and streamline your claim. Your Administrative Record Can Make or Break Your Disability Claim If you’re filing for employer-sponsored disability benefits, your claim is controlled […]

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Depression, Anxiety, and Disability Insurance: A Claimant’s Guide 

Apr 16, 2019 | Blog |

Globally, depression is the number one cause of disability. While mental health conditions are finally getting the attention they deserve, long-term disability (LTD) insurance companies are still reluctant to approve and pay claims related to depression and anxiety. If you’re considering an LTD claim for depression or anxiety, you need to review your plan documents carefully and prepare your evidence. Keep reading to learn more about the essentials of a successful mental health LTD claim. What Is Depression? Depression is much more than just feelings of sadness. You may suffer from major depressive disorder if you experience: Persistent sadness or […]

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ERISA: When do “Lifetime” Healthcare Benefits Last a Lifetime?

Apr 10, 2019 | Blog |

District Court Rules that Pension’s Healthcare Benefits Last a Lifetime By: Andrew B. Bryant The Northern District of Illinois recently addressed the question of whether healthcare insurance benefits under an ERISA pension plan lasted for a lifetime for two plaintiff retirees, despite the termination of the collecting bargaining agreement that established those benefits.   In Its analysis, the Court noted that unlike pension benefits, insurance benefits (such as healthcare benefits) do not automatically vest by contract to plan members.  Such benefits can be terminated by an employer.   However, a plan agreement may by its terms vest such insurance benefits to plan […]

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Third Circuit: “Own Occupation” and “Regular Occupation” Interchangeable

Apr 10, 2019 | Blog |

Christopher Patterson v. Aetna Life Insurance Company, No. 17-3566 (3d Cir. 2019) By: Stephen A. Jackson Patterson became disabled after back surgery and Aetna began paying benefits under a group long-term disability plan in 2007.  In 2014, Aetna terminated those benefits after concluding Patterson was no longer disabled because he could fulfill the material duties of his “own occupation” as performed “in the national economy.”  The term “own occupation” was not defined in the policy. Aetna determined Patterson’s “own occupation” “in the national economy” was sedentary and that while he could not do a job in a “heavier category” he […]

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Do You Know the Deadline for Filing Your ERISA Claim?

Apr 9, 2019 | Blog |

Do You Know the Deadline for Filing Your ERISA Claim? Even if You Think You Do, You May Be Wrong While ERISA claims come with many obstacles, one of the most challenging is a disability insurance company’s right to shorten their plans’ appeal deadlines. Unfortunately, courts won’t give disabled workers and professionals who miss these deadlines much (if any) leeway. Unfortunately, once a deadline expires, it’s usually too late, and you’ll lose your right to benefits. The team at Bryant Legal Group is happy to meet with people who have missed their appeal deadline and will be there to guide […]

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Multiple Sclerosis and Disability Insurance: A Claimant’s Guide 

Apr 3, 2019 | Blog |

A multiple sclerosis (MS) diagnosis leads to a lot of questions, and you’re likely hearing conflicting information about your chances of receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits. Keep reading to learn more about LTD benefits for MS, why this process is so complicated, and how you can strengthen your claim. What Is Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? Multiple sclerosis is a disease of the central nervous system that causes your immune system to attack your myelin, a fatty substance that covers and protects your nerves. When myelin is lost or damaged, plaque or scarring builds up on the nerves, making it more difficult […]

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Individual vs. Group Disability Income Insurance

Feb 15, 2019 | Blog |

Chicago Disability Lawyers Whether you have purchased individual or group (i.e., employer-sponsored) disability coverage can have a significant impact on your premiums, duties, and — eventually — ability to recover benefits. Many would-be insureds do not realize that there are material differences between individual and group disability insurance coverage, and simply choose a plan based on the projected cost.  Though cost is a perfectly reasonable factor to consider when choosing a disability policy, it’s also important to evaluate how the unique aspects of each policy might affect its “true value” given the circumstances. Consider the following. ERISA Qualification Group disability […]

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Life Insurance: Understanding Pre-Existing Conditions

Feb 8, 2019 | Blog |

Chicago Life Insurance Attorney Life insurance claims can be significant, and as such, they are often denied.  Beneficiaries may be taken by surprise, thinking that the act of securing benefits would have been straightforward.  In truth, however, insurers will take advantage of any opportunity to justify the denial of a significant benefits payout, in the life insurance context and otherwise. Many life insurance claims are denied on the basis of the individual covered by the policy (the deceased individual) having failed to properly inform the insurer of a pre-existing condition that would have led to a higher premium rate or […]

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Video Surveillance Footage vs. Video Surveillance Summary Report

Feb 7, 2019 | Blog |

Court Questions if Insurer Actually Watched Video Surveillance Used to Deny LTD Claim, or Just Read the Report By: Andrew B. Bryant In our September 2, 2018 blog article on the use of video surveillance in an insurer’s investigation of a disability claim, we saw how video surveillance of a long-term disability (LTD) recipient’s daily activities significantly contradicted statements made by that benefit recipient, and ultimately discredited the claim for LTD benefits.   A recent District Court decision out of the Central District of California shows the flip-side – how an insurer’s reliance on video surveillance (or in this case the […]

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ERISA Appeal Best Practices

Feb 1, 2019 | Blog |

Experienced ERISA Denial of Benefits Attorney The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) was enacted in the 1970s with the intention of protecting plan beneficiaries from fund mismanagement and fiduciary manipulation, but has now grown into a much broader regulation that covers all aspects of the benefits claim submission and administrative appeal (through Department of Labor regulations), and litigation processes. If you are a plan beneficiary in an employer-sponsored benefit plan (e.g. disability, life, retirement, health, etc.) then there’s a good chance that your benefits are governed by ERISA–the unique set of rules that apply to such plans.  These rules can […]

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