FAQ – I have Been Denied by My Insurer. What Now?

I've Been Denied by My Insurer. What Now?  The answer to this question is simply: if your claim is governed by ERISA, obtain legal representation. Let me explain to you why it is so very important to get an attorney involved, and why it is important to do so immediately.  If your claim is governed [...]


How Can I Get My Attorney Fees Paid in a Long-Term Disability Claim?

If you have a disability insurance policy from your employer, it is most likely governed by ERISA. (Employee Retirement Income Security Act.) Your attorney fees can be recovered if you sue and win. It will be up to the judge to determine whether the insurance company should pay your attorney fees. Under ERISA, a claimant [...]


I Lost My Long-Term Disability Case in Court. Do I have to Pay the Insurance Company’s Attorney Fees?

It is rare that an insurance company will be awarded its attorney fees in defending your long-term disability claim in federal court. While the law allows the insurance company to apply for payment of its attorney fees if it wins your disability case, it is rare that a court will make you pay. In one [...]


How do Insurance Companies Define Your Occupation for Long-Term Disability Benefits?

A long-term disability insurance company cannot define your occupation for you. Long-term disability insurance policies typically pay a benefit if, through injury or sickness, you are no longer able to perform the material duties of your occupation. Insurance companies will often try to "generalize" your occupation so that it will be easier to deny benefits. [...]


Surprise! The Judge Might Not Be Deciding Whether You Are Disabled or Not

There are two different standards by which your case may be judged. The “de novo” standard of review is what you want. “De novo” means “starting anew,” so in the courtroom this means the judges are looking at the original question the insurance company was supposed to answer: does your disability qualify you for benefits [...]


What Is ERISA Disability?

ERISA stands for “The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.” That act covers many employee benefits, one of which is private employer disability insurance policies. There are two types of disability insurance policies, only one of which is governed by ERISA. One type is given to public employees (school teachers, police officers, firefighters, etc.). [...]


Navigating the Challenges of Long-Term Care Insurance Claims

In the US alone, Long-Term Care Insurance is estimated to have covered 8 million people. LTCI policies come in many varieties. The  language of the policies and the  technical requirements for filing a successful claim can be very confusing. The attorneys at Robinson Warncke have  a great deal of experience in presenting LTCI claims and [...]


Social Security denies disability benefits based on list with jobs from 1977

The Washington Post recently published an article addressing one of the common challenges we face in presenting long term disability claims. Although the article focuses on Social Security disability, the concepts are equally relevant to group long term disability claims under the federal law known as ERISA. Most ERISA-governed long term disability policies contain an [...]


Why Is New York Life Handling My Cigna Disability Insurance Claim?

On December 31, 2020, New York Life completed its acquisition of all of Cigna’s group disability, accident, and life insurance business.  As a result, your Cigna benefit claims are now administered by “New York Life Group Benefit Solutions.”  This change applies even if your Cigna claim was approved, and you have been receiving benefits since [...]


Elder Abuse Litigation Seminar

The attorneys at Robinson Warncke have been handling an increasing number of claims and disputes relating to Long Term Care Insurance. Very few attorneys handle these claims, and the work is very specialized. Long Term Care Insurance first became available in the 1960’s and 1970’s in an attempt make the cost of long term care [...]