Accidental Death

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What Is Accidental Death Insurance?

Accidental death insurance, also known as accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, is a type of insurance that supplements basic life insurance coverage. AD&D insurance pays benefits in addition to life insurance if the insured dies as a result of an accident or suffers a catastrophic injury that results in limb amputation or loss of […]

Accidental Death Ruling Highlights Flaw in ERISA Deference

Since the publication in 1943 of James M. Cain’s noir classic, “Double Indemnity,” there has been a public fascination with accidental death insurance. Surprisingly, even when a sudden and unexpected death occurs other than as a result of a heart attack or other clear-cut medical condition, the issue of whether the death was accidental or […]

Divided Court Backs Denial of Accidental Death Claim

Causation is always a key issue in accidental death insurance claims as a recent 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision teaches. In Arruda v. Zurich American Insurance Co., 2020 WL 880548 (1st Cir., Feb. 24), the 1st Circuit overturned a judgment in favor of the plaintiff, Denise Arruda, in relation to an accidental death insurance […]