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Unconscionable Provisions in Insurance Contracts

Jan 15, 2019 | Blog |

Policyholders — health, disability, property, etc. — may sometimes find that the insurer has an unreasonable amount of power over them, perhaps more than they anticipated when they purchased the policy years before.  This is unsurprising.  Insurers often design and execute unfair contracts that are designed to put the policyholder in a distinctively weakened position comparatively. If you’ve had your claim denied or mishandled due to an underlying contract provision that you believe is unreasonably oppressive, then you may have a right to bring a lawsuit against your insurance carrier on the basis of “unconscionability.” Let’s explore how unconscionable contracts […]

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Cost of Living Adjustments and Disability Insurance Coverage

Jan 14, 2019 | Blog |

Though your disability claim may be airtight, recovering benefits through your private disability insurance policy is not necessarily the “endgame.”  What may seem to be an adequate recovery could be rendered inadequate years later if your benefits are not adjusted for cost of living increases.  After all, one dollar in 2018 is worth significantly less than one dollar in the year 2000. Disability policyholders who are concerned about the sufficiency of their coverage over the long-haul can purchase a supplemental cost of living adjustment (COLA) rider that will result in a steady increase in their benefits as time passes. Let’s […]

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Common Issues in Business Overhead Expense Insurance Disputes

Jan 11, 2019 | Blog |

Chicago Insurance Attorney Insurers frequently act in ways that are hostile to the interests of a policyholder, in part because they hope that they can reduce their liabilities by forcing a policyholder to stop pursuing an otherwise legitimate claim for benefits.  This is especially true in the business overhead expense (BOE) insurance context, where the payouts can be quite significant (depending on the circumstances). BOE insurance benefits can be critical for enabling a business to survive until the covered individual recovers from their disabled condition, or until a transitionary decision can be made (and a plan executed).  If you’ve had […]

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Building a Comprehensive Application for Disability Benefits

Jan 10, 2019 | Blog |

Chicago Disability Lawyers If you’ve been disabled — due to an injury, illness, or other condition — and are submitting a claim for benefits pursuant to your private disability insurance plan, then it’s important that you work with an experienced attorney to coordinate with stakeholders and help you put forth a comprehensive application for disability benefits.  Failure to submit a comprehensive application for benefits could give the insurer justification for denying an otherwise legitimate disability claim and set you back quite a bit (with regard to timely recovery of benefits). Disability Claims Are Frequently Denied In both the public and […]

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How is Business Overhead Expense Insurance Different Than an Individual Disability Policy?

Jan 9, 2019 | Blog |

Chicago Insurance Attorney If your business is covered by private business overhead expense (BOE) insurance, you may be wondering how a claim brought under the BOE insurance plan differs from a disability benefits claim.  Business overhead expense insurance is a unique and somewhat non-standard form of insurance that covers small and medium-sized businesses in the event that a valuable individual — typically the owner, but sometimes a different employee within the company — is disabled and therefore can’t work for the company.  The benefits payout from a BOE insurance plan can help a business survive until the disabled employee recovers […]

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Variable Income and Disability Insurance Coverage

Dec 19, 2018 | Blog |

Chicago Disability Lawyers If you work as a freelancer, salesperson, or in some other capacity where your income is variable on a day-to-day, week-to-week, or month-to-month basis, then you may be concerned about the potential impact on your disability insurance plan and the benefits that you are entitled to receive (in the event that you do actually suffer a disabling injury, illness, or condition). Policyholders with variable income may find they are at something of a disadvantage.  Insurers are constantly looking to minimize their costs, and if you have a variable income, they will almost certainly look to underestimate your […]

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What Happens to Life Insurance Proceeds if the Primary Beneficiary Dies Before the Insured?

Dec 4, 2018 | Blog |

If you’re a life insurance beneficiary — primary, secondary, or tertiary — then you may be wondering how proceeds will be distributed if one of the other beneficiaries has died before the insured.  When a primary beneficiary die before the insured, this can cause a significant shift in the distribution of proceeds and may impact the claims that various beneficiaries have to the death benefit. Let’s explore. Unclaimed Proceeds are Paid to the Estate Suppose that the life insurance policy listed only a single, primary beneficiary, and that beneficiary died before the insured, or perhaps simultaneously — for example, the […]

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Common Life Insurance Beneficiary Disputes

Dec 4, 2018 | Blog |

In the context of life insurance, it’s not at all that uncommon for the beneficiaries to be in conflict with one another — after all, the benefits amounts may be significant, and there may be inconsistencies in the distribution of benefits that were not known to the beneficiary prior to the death of their loved one.  For example, the spouse of the deceased may be surprised to find that the first wife of the deceased was actually the beneficiary at time-of-death, and therefore has a legitimate entitlement to the benefits at-issue.  This can quite clearly give rise to a dispute. If […]

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Seventh Circuit: ERISA Plan Can Be Penalized for Failure to Disclose Fee Schedules and Rate Tables used to Determine Usual, Reasonable, and Customary Rate

Dec 4, 2018 | Blog |

By: Andrew B. Bryant How insurance plans determine “usual, reasonable, and customary” pay rates for healthcare claims submitted by out-of-network (“OON”) providers is a frequent bone of contention in medical reimbursement disputes.    In the recent matter of Griffin v. Teamcare, the Seventh Circuit addressed the issue of whether a medical provider who had obtained an assignment of benefits from a patient was entitled to request, and receive, the data underlying the Plan’s decision-making process as to rate of pay for OON services.   In the case, Dr. W.A. Griffin contacted the Plan prior to delivering treatment to the insured patient.  The […]

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Disability Insurance: Insurers May Conduct Surveillance

Nov 30, 2018 | Blog |

If you’ve submitted a claim for disability benefits with your insurance company or are interested in challenging the initial denial of benefits – whether such benefits are available through an individual plan or a group plan – then there’s a chance that your insurer will conduct surveillance on your activities.  Surveillance evidence (photos, video, text, audio, etc.) can be used to call into question the severity of your disability and could damage your ability to secure the benefits you’re rightfully owed. Insurers May Conduct Surveillance In the past, insurers would sometimes hire investigators to perform initial surveillance of disability claimants.  […]

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