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Are LTD benefits taxable or non-taxable? It depends.

Posted by on May 31, 2018 in Articles, Articles - Disability and Critical Illness | 0 comments

Are LTD benefits taxable or non-taxable? It depends.

When assessing a litigated claim for long-term disability benefits, one very important consideration an insurance denial lawyer must always be aware of is whether the long-term disability benefits are taxable or non-taxable under the specific disability policy at issue in the claim. Long-term disability benefits are typically taxable under a policy when an employer pays a portion (or all) of the insurance premiums on a disability policy.  Long-term disability benefits are typically non-taxable under a policy when an employee pays 100% of...

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My most memorable case of 2016.

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in Articles, Articles - Disability and Critical Illness, Articles - General | 0 comments

My most memorable case of 2016.

The past year has seen many interesting and surprising cases land on my desk. But my most memorable case involved a woman I’ll call April. April had been employed by a financial institution for a number of years when she developed cancer that forced her to stop work in May 2001. She applied for long-term disability benefits under her employer’s group insurance policy. Her claim was approved and benefits were paid starting in November 2001. Although the cancer treatment went well, April developed a number of mental illnesses...

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The insurer contacted my doctor directly.

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Articles, Articles - Disability and Critical Illness | 0 comments

The insurer contacted my doctor directly.

Your disability insurance company has asked your treating physician to complete a questionnaire regarding your ability to work and current medical condition, what should you do? Requesting that updated questionnaires be completed by a claimant’s treating physicians seems to be standard in the review process. Usually, these forms consist of yes or no questions, check boxes and requests for comments on restrictions and limitations. If you know the insurance company has requested such questionnaires from your physicians it is a good idea...

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