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. 

Health claims denied based on application of undisclosed medical criteria.

Spencer Recovery Centers, Inc., vs. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (Related Cases) Case Nos: SACV 00-786 DOC, SACV 00-787 DOC, SACV 00-788 DOC This case involved three claims for health benefits for three patients treated at a residential treatment facility, providing rehabilitative treatment for alcoholism and drug dependency. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) denied all three claims. Patient No. 1 was a 29 year-old male, with a 6 year history of alcohol dependence. He regularly consumed up to 24 beers or 2 fifths of liquor a day. He had been in detox 3 times, the most recent detoxification being 4 months prior to his admission. He had also been in and out of psychiatric ho

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