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Unum, America's Largest Long Term Disability Insurer, Found Guilty of Social Security Disability Fraud

Friday, October 24, 2008

Today’s NY Times reports that a federal jury in Boston has found Unum, the nation’s largest long term disability (LTD) insurer, committed fraud by requiring it’s customers to apply for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits, even though they knew they were not eligible. In addition to Unum, another large disability insurer, CIGNA, is facing a similar lawsuit which has been filed under the federal "whistle-blower" False Claims Act  alleging that the US taxpayer is paying to process these fraudulent claims. In my opinion, this self-dealing referral by long term disability companies has been an ongoing problem for years that I have […]

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Rosasco Attends NOSSCR Disability Lawyer Conference in LA

Thursday, October 23, 2008

I had a great time at the NOSSCR Social Security Disability  law conference in Los Angeles last week.  I actually had a chance to chat with Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue down at the pool.  This is a very bright guy, and in my opinion he is moving the agency in the right direction.  His Deputy Commissioner Linda deSoto and Chief Administrative Law Judge Frank Cristaudo were also quite impressive.  It was also great to break bread at an old Italian restaurant named Matteos with my good friend Larry Wittenburg, probably the best Social Security attorney in North Carolina. As a Member […]

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Long Island Rail Road Disability Claim Scandal Widens

Friday, October 10, 2008

According to an article in Newsday today regarding the LIRR disability retirement scandal, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has now issued subpoenas to four long term disability insurance companies and five Long Island doctors who predominately examined LIRR workers.  This is in the wake of recent reports indicating that a whopping 98% of Long Island Railroad workers retire with disability pensions.  The fact that white collar LIRR employees were getting occupational disability pensions tells you how broken this system really is. The long term disability insurance companies have been identified by the New York Times in their ongoing railroad disability scandal series as […]

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9/11 Remembered: New York's Most Tragic Workers Compensation Accident in History

Thursday, September 11, 2008

As the New York Disability Law Blog has done since its inception, today we pay respects, on the seventh anniversary of 9/11, to the families of all those killed or injured in this devastating terrorist  attack.  I truly hope one of our presidential candidates finally chases Osama  Bin Laden to "the gates of hell".  He has gone unpunished for far too long. That being said, sadly, workers compensation lawyers and disability lawyers like myself are still litigating claims arising from 9/11.  Shockingly, and with far too little publicity, insurance companies are still fighting these claims, causing further anguish and grief to the victims […]

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Social Security Commissioner Michael Astrue Issues Important Statement on Disability Claim Backlog

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Eliminating the backlog of Social Security Disability claims is a moral imperative, according to a recent report issued by SSA Commissioner Michael J. Astrue to Social Security lawyers throughout the country.  We agree!  Too many disabled Americans are suffering financially while they wait for a Social Security hearing. The Commissioner has asked disability attorneys and great organizations such as NOSSCR to help in realizing this goal. We stand ready to assist as long as due process is protected.  Click here for a summary of the Commissioner’s report.

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Good Morning America Reports on CIGNA Disability Insurance Claim Denials

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

                          Good Morning America continues to report on the horrors that claimants experience fighting long term disability insurance companies throughout the country.  The video in this report is a must see for all members of Congress, and should at least give other disabled claimants comfort in knowing they are not alone.  Despite the positive Supreme Court  ERISA ruling in Glenn v. MetLife last week, Congress still needs to address both the delays and the harassment claimants must go through to get the disability benefits they deserve. The two breast cancer cases where the claimants were denied benefits are both heartbreaking and maddening.  A young […]

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US Supreme Court Rules in MetLife v. Glenn: Major Impact on ERISA Long Term Disability Claims Around Country

Thursday, June 19, 2008

    The decision all ERISA long term disability attorneys around the country have been waiting for, Metropolitan Life Insurance v. Glenn, 554 U.S. ____ (2008) , finally came down from the U.S. Supreme Court this morning .  Click here for the full decision. The issues in MetLife v Glenn were whether MetLife, as a plan administrator,  had a "conflict of interest"  by being both the decision-maker and payer of claims, and if a conflict existed, what "standard of judicial review" should be used by the courts when a beneficiary appeals a denial of ERISA long term disability benefits. The Court held: Often […]

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NY Disability Attorney to Attend American Confernce Institute Conference on Litigating Long Term Disability Insurance Claims

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

I’m off to Boston this week to attend the premier LTD Litigation conference in the country.  See the conference schedule here for some of the cutting edge ERISA and medical issues we will be discussing. Some of the best long term disability lawyers in the country will be speaking on trial techniques, mediation of claims and recent case law.  I can always learn more. It should be a winner!  

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New York Disability Lawyer Troy Rosasco Off to Miami NOSSCR Social Security Law Conference

Monday, June 2, 2008

I’m off to Miami Beach (yes – a conference in Miami in June!) tomorrow for the semi-annual NOSSCR Social Security Disability Law conference through Friday.  In between my responsibilities representing the Second Circuit on the Board of Directors of NOSSCR, I plan to take advantage of some of the great seminars NOSSCR always offers.  Every Social Security Disability attorney should try to attend this conference at least once a year to keep their knowledge and skills "cutting edge".   In addition, it gives me a chance to talk with some of the real "thought leaders" in disability law. Seminars this year include "Chronic […]

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Nassau County Workers Compensation Lawyer: Newsday Reports on Permanent Partial Disability Lump Sum Settlements

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

There are literally thousands of former Nassau County workers who are currently receiving lifetime workers’ compensation payments (pensions) for life due to on- the- job injuries.  I know – I have represented a large number of these unfortunate individuals.  These payments are overwhelmingly for workers who have been classified as having "permanent partial disabilities" and are destined to live the rest of their life in pain. According to a Newsday article yesterday, Nassau County is now proposing a $55 million taxpayer funded bond to "sell" these claims to private insurers who would then try to convince the injured worker to settle […]

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