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Category: Long Term Disability / ERISA

New York Social Security Disability Bar Dinner

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Had a great time last Thursday night at the New York Social Security Bar Dinner. Along with five other attorneys and staff from my office, we got a chance to socialize and laugh with old friends and colleagues, including Richard Morris and Vic Fusco. Judge Emanuel Poverstein from the Long Island Office of Hearings & Appeals was presented with the Lester Rosen Memorial Award – the highest honor an Administrative Law Judge in the New York region can attain. In his acceptance speech, Judge Poverstein humbly described the role of a Social Security Judge: “Helping the most vulnerable in our […]

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Spitzer Rips AIG and Greenberg Workers Compensation Fraud

Monday, June 6, 2005

Here is New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s complaint alleging fraud against mega workers compensation insurance carrier AIG and its former CEO, Hank Greenberg. Thanks to Matthew Lerner and his New York Civil Law Blog for bringing it to my attention. If the allegations are to be believed, it appears that Greenberg was a rogue CEO who would not take the legal advice of his own lawyers when they told him that AIG was defrauding the New York Workers Compensation system. If you read the complaint in detail, look at factual allegation #93. It alleges that AIG had secret “side […]

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When Your HMO Says "No"

Thursday, March 31, 2005

You need life saving cancer treatment, but your HMO will not pay. What are your rights? Can you enforce them in time? I recently went to a great seminar on this topic at the Nassau County Bar Association given by my good friend, Susan Slavin. Susan was one of the pioneers of breast cancer litigation in the early 1990’s, and continues today as a leading ERISA and disability rights attorney. So what do you do when you get an HMO denial? In most states, including New York, you have a right to an External Appeal by an Independent Panel not […]

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Cancer’s Impact on Long Term Disability Claims

Monday, March 28, 2005

Are you able to work after a diagnosis and treatment for cancer? Is this a better measure of treatment success for working age people? Most cancer survivors are able to stay on the job, according to a new study found in the current issue of the journal Cancer and reported by Reuters. The nation’s largest long term disability insurance company, UnumProvident, recently reported that cancer is the leading cause of long term disability claims in the United States. According to the new study, survivors of early detectable cancers ( breast, prostate, skin, thyroid and uterus) had the lowest risk of […]

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