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When Denied ERISA benefits, It Is Important To Request The Summary Plan Description (SPD) and All Plan Documents (even if they don't exist)

Posted by Gregory Paul | Jun 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

As an Attorney representing individuals denied disability benefits and life insurance, the first step after receiving a denial letter is to request the claim file and all plan documents including the Summary Plan Description (SPD). The Plan must provide these documents within 30 days of a written request. ERISA requires plan administrators to provide SPDs to beneficiaries. 29 U.S.C. § 1024(b)(1). An SPD must "reasonably apprise [plan] participants and beneficiaries of their rights and obligations under the plan" and must be "written in a manner calculated to be understood by the average plan participant." Id. § 1022(a). ERISA also mandates that plans "be established and maintained pursuant to a written instrument." Id. § 1102(a)(1)

Insurance Company Terminates Disability Benefits

Posted by Gregory Paul | Mar 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

After years of dedicated hard-work for a company, employees expect their employer to make good on their promises. For workers who have disability insurance as a benefit, this means receiving those benefits if the individual becomes sick or injured. Short-term and long-term disability insurance pr...

Increasing Coverage for Disability Insurance

Posted by Gregory Paul | Feb 09, 2017 | 0 Comments

Everyone should have disability insurance. However, because of cost, availability, and lack of information, the majority of working-age Americans are not covered by disability insurance in the event they are unable to work because of an injury or illness. When employers step up and offer disabili...

Malicious Prosecution Could Threaten Disability Benefits

Posted by Gregory Paul | Feb 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

When workers are unable to work due to a debilitating illness or disease, they may be left without a way to earn a living. For workers who have long-term disability insurance through their job, disability benefits will enable them to take care of themselves and their families during the time they...

Workers Rely on Their Employee Disability Benefits

Posted by Gregory Paul | Jan 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Few people ever think they will end up disabled before they get a chance to retire. However, the chances of becoming disabled are higher than most workers believe. For those employees who are fortunate enough to have disability benefits through their job, they may wonder how they could have possi...

Many People Underestimate Their Odds of Disability

Posted by Gregory Paul | Jan 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

When workers and their families are planning for the future, they may look to their employee benefits options. This includes retirement plan options for the day when the employee can retire. It may also include life insurance coverage just in case something goes wrong and they need to make sure t...

Supreme Court May Take Up ERISA Indemnification Case

Posted by Gregory Paul | Jan 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

An Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) is a type of retirement plan that allows employees to take an ownership interest in their company by investing in employer securities. Most ESOPs fall under ERISA protections, which include fiduciary duty provisions. When the manager of an ESOP is not actin...

ERISA Disability Benefits Blog

Posted by Gregory Paul | Jan 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Welcome to the ERISA Disability Benefits Blog on the website. The purpose of this website is to provide information about legal rights when denied long-term disability benefits from an insurance company. My name is Greg Paul and I am an attorney who saw the need for he...

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Greg Paul has over 20 years experience litigating in state and federal courts: 1) Fighting for long-term disability benefits against insurance companies such as Aetna, CIGNA, Guardian,Hartford, Liberty Mutual, Mutual of Omaha, Principal, Prudential, Reliance Standard, Standard, Sun Life, and Unum.