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Updated Standard of Care Cements Ruling in Health Benefits Dispute
Proton beam radiation therapy is used to treat various forms of cancer. Rather than using X-rays, proton therapy directs focused energy from protons at tumors. […]
How Can I Tell If My Benefit Plan Is Governed by ERISA?
ERISA is an acronym for the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. Most people have never heard of ERISA, but its comprehensiveness impacts the vast majority of American workers and their dependents. The original intent behind ERISA’s enactment was to remedy pension plan abuses; however, just prior to Congress’ passage of the ERISA law, the scope […]
How to Defeat Ambiguities in Disability Insurance Claim Forms
The start of every disability insurance claim is the completion of forms the claimants is required to submit to receive benefits. While the forms are ostensibly designed to be clear and straightforward, the questions asked on the disability insurance claim forms often confuse claimants, and ambiguities in disability insurance claim forms can lead to misunderstandings and delays in the processing of claims. […]
Severance Pact Forecloses Right To Pursue Disability Claim Later
Lawyers who represent employees in severance negotiations should be aware and take heed of the recent New York federal court ruling in Schuyler v. Sun Life Assurance Co., 2023 WL 2388757 (S.D. N.Y., March 7, 2023). That case illustrated a dangerous pitfall that may unwittingly result in unintended unfortunate consequences based on the court’s finding that an employee’s release of her employer also waived the employee’s right to sue her disability insurer. […]
Denied Sight-Unseen: Why Are Non-Examining Doctors So Prevalent in the Disability Insurance Industry?
Accessing mental health treatment can be difficult, even with health insurance. Critical laws are in place to expand access to mental health treatment by requiring equal coverage of mental health and medical/surgical care. […]