January 2014 Archives

New Discovery Rules Established In The 10th Circuit

The ERISA Law Center represented Aileen Murphy in her long term disability claim against MetLife. Ms. Murphy worked as a Tax Firm Director for Deloitte & Touche, a position which entailed travel, significant interaction and coordination with others, negotiations with the IRS, and advising clients in complex tax matters. She became disabled by co-morbid conditions: a psychiatric condition and a pain condition as a result of severe back problem. The combination of her conditions together with her medications caused fatigue, balance and vision problems, memory and cognitive problems, as well as chronic pain. Her claim for long term disability benefits was denied. She submitted her own appeal, which was also denied. We filed suit on her behalf in district court and propounded discovery regarding MetLife relationship with the doctors who provided reports for MetLife and Ms. Murphy's claim.

Bogus Surveillance Doesn't Defeat Nurse's Claim

The ERISA Law Center represented Deborah Maher in her long term disability claim against her employer, Massachusetts General Hospital. Ms. Maher worked in the Boston area as a Registered Nurse. She developed chronic abdominal pain and related symptoms which her physicians contributed to chronic pancreatitis, pain syndrome, and fibromyalgia. She was prescribed substantial amounts of narcotic pain medications to control the pain. After receiving long term disability benefits for several years the plan administrator, Liberty Life Insurance Company of Boston, terminated her benefits. After Ms. Maher's first appeal was denied by Liberty, she hired us to submit a second appeal on her behalf.

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