ERISA Disability and Health Case Histories and Random Musings by an ERISA Disability Lawyer

Mark Twain said, "Write what you know."   Over the past 25 years, I have handled just about every kind of long term disability claim denial case there is, everything from heart attacks, strokes, cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, accidental injury, IBS, headache syndromes, broken eardrums, diabetes  to somatoform disorder.  I have also handled numerous health benefit claim denials for medical providers.

 

All ERISA claims have two things in common: (1) The facts of each case are unique; and (2) the law is always the same (until it changes).  So I thought it might be interesting to take some histories from the cases I know best, my own, and write a short blog post for each one.  Although each one is different, the same issues surface again and again. It seems insurance companies can only come up with so many ways to screw over claimants.   After a couple of decades, a lawyer can get pretty good at identifying the pattern.  Read through the posts that interest you.  And you too may see the patterns I see every day.  I have only included full client names in those cases that were litigated; and thus, are a matter of public record.

 

Also, from time to time, I may throw in some commentary about the practice of law in general and some perspectives about the life of a sole practitioner ERISA lawyer. 

Sometimes it just takes the right lawyer.

Amy H. (Self-Funded Plan administered by Aetna / Magellan) Amy was admitted to the hospital for treatment of a serious illness. Prior to admission, benefits were verified payable at 80% "Usual, Reasonable & Customary" (URC) charges, subject to a $5,000 out of pocket maximum. Amy had executed an assignment of benefits, by which she had expressly assigned all Plan benefits to the hospital. Accordingly, the hospital, as assignee, "stood in the shoes" of Amy and had standing to assert whatever rights she had, relating to the plan, including the right to pursue administrative remedies or pursue legal action to recover benefits. See: Misic v. Building Service Employees Health & Welfare Trust 78

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Attorney at Law

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Palm Desert, CA 92255

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