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Judge frowns on LTD insurer cherry-picking medical evidence

On May 8, a federal court in Washington state held that Aetna must pay back and future long-term disability benefits that had been denied to a claimant with multiple sclerosis, depression and other impairments. The judge was especially troubled by the insurer's practice of "cherry-picking" through the medical evidence in the record. 

Disability claimant alleges disturbing claim processing practices

A disability-insurance claimant filed a lawsuit last week that contains alarming allegations of insurance company claims processing practices based on profit motives, rather than on good-faith efforts to determine whether claimants are disabled under the terms of their policies.

Federal judge finds LTD claimant’s CFS, fibromyalgia disabling

In our last post, we talked about the increasing understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome, a disease that presents unique challenges in a long-term disability claim. As we wrote, while the symptoms of CFS are subjective, rather than being objectively provable via medical testing or observation, research is beginning to uncover subtle physical changes associated with CFS patients. 

Medical understanding of chronic fatigue syndrome improving

Here at Roboostoff & Kalkin, we have represented many people who are disabled because of medical conditions that can be hard to prove, giving disability insurance companies an excuse to deny their claims. Chronic fatigue syndrome, known as CFS, is a classic example of this type of illness with its myriad of subjective symptoms. 

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