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Disability: ERISA

The attorneys at LEVIN  SITCOFF PC have extensive experience in ERISA cases and have helped numerous clients achieve successful settlements.

ERISA, or the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, is a federal law that provides protection for individuals who participate in most voluntarily established pension and health insurance plans offered by private industry. ERISA sets minimum standards for these types of plans, requires that the plans have a grievance and appeals process for participants who are denied benefits, and gives participants the right to sue for withheld benefits and breaches of fiduciary duty.

A client of LEVIN SITCOFF was injured in a bicycle accident and sustained injuries that kept her from performing her job. Her disability insurer paid her disability benefits for 18 months before determining that she could return to work full time, despite her doctor's opinion saying she could not work. In a landmark decision, the court held that LEVIN SITCOFF could proceed with a bad faith claim as well as an ERISA claim against the insurance company. LEVIN SITCOFF took the matter to trial and won a judgment. The insurance company appealed to the Tenth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. That court affirmed the original judgment, and LEVIN SITCOFF's client was able to collect ongoing disability benefits.

Disability: Professionals

LEVIN SITCOFF's attorneys have successfully represented professionals in many occupations who have been denied disability payments by their insurance carriers. In many cases, lump sum recoveries have been in the seven figures.

Professionals LEVIN SITCOFF have represented include:

  • Accountants
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Bankers
  • Cardiologists
  • Dentists
  • Financial managers
  • Human resource executives
  • Internists
  • Lawyers
  • Legal secretaries
  • Marketing managers
  • Neurologists
  • Ophthalmologists
  • Oral surgeons
  • Realtors
  • Sales managers

Significant Disability Outcomes:

  • $7.5 million settlement for value of future stream of benefits in the seven figures
  • $1.9 million settlement of bad faith claims for wrongful denial of disability benefits
  • $1.2 million settlement for wrongful denial of disability benefits
  • $800,550 settlement for disability benefits denied prior to LEVIN SITCOFF representation

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