Andrew Hamelsky Discusses the Future of Covid Disability Insurance Litigation Claims
Litigation against insurance companies for failing to pay disability benefits to people who can no longer work after having Covid-19 is on the way. Andrew Hamelsky, Chair of the Life, Health, Disability and ERISA Group, was interviewed by Bloomberg Law to discuss Covid disability lawsuits delayed by deadline extensions and the pandemic.
"In the beginning of the public health crisis, the process for getting medical records was slow," said Hamelsky. “It’s gotten much better in the last six months.” The claims that are coming in are mostly being paid, he added.
Deadline extensions from the Labor Department, difficulty getting medical records from doctors reeling from the public health emergency, and many people still working from home has drawn out an already lengthy internal appeals process beneficiaries must go through with an insurer before they can take their case to court. While the delay has stalled litigation for now, disability insurance lawyers expect to see more cases filed in the future, as people return to their offices after periods of telework and learn how Covid might affect their ability to work in the long term.
Read the full article in Bloomberg Law.
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