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Los Angeles Daily Journal Publishes Small Firm Profile on the McKennon Law Group PC Entitled “Shifting Allegiance: No Longer Insurers’ Advocates, McKennon Law Group Attorneys Stand Up for Policyholders”

Posted in: Bad Faith, Breach of Contract, Disability Insurance, ERISA, Health Insurance, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Legal Articles, Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, News, Retirement Plans May 10, 2018

In the May 7, 2018 issue of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, Daily Journal Staff Writer Melanie Brisbon authored a “small firm profile” article on the McKennon Law Group PC.  The article covers the firm’s path to success, starting with its unconventional background: several of the firm’s attorneys left established careers defending insurance companies before “shifting allegiance” to represent insureds, policyholders and claimants.  The firm started with three lawyers, including founding partner Robert J. McKennon and senior associate Scott E. Calvert.  Now, the firm consists of five attorneys and has a thriving practice in insurance litigation representing policyholders, especially involving life, health and disability insurance cases governed by insurance bad faith or ERISA.  The text portion of the profile is …

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Agents, Brokers and Rescission of Insurance Policies

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Agent/Broker, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance April 09, 2018

Generally, an insurer need not investigate statements made in an application for insurance, subject to certain exceptions. Instead, the potential policyholder or applicant must fully disclose all known material information. If a potential insured does not correctly disclose information on an application (even innocently), the insurer may later try to rescind the insurance policy. When an insurer “rescinds” a policy, it renders the contract as if it never existed and frees both parties from their obligations under the contract. Practically, this means that the insurance company is no longer obligated to pay the claims for life insurance, accident insurance, health insurance, long-term care insurance or long-term disability insurance benefits and the policyholder no longer has to pay the policy’s premiums. …

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How to Fight ERISA Long-Term Disability Claims Denials: The Use of Personal Statements

Posted in: Benefits, Disability Insurance News, ERISA April 02, 2018

Pain is a highly subjective, personal phenomenon. Only the person suffering from pain can adequately describe that pain and how that person is affected by the pain. And we know that one person may be capable of tolerating a completely different threshold of pain when compared to another person. Similarly, reports of fatigue vary widely from person to person. Because of the nature of pain, fatigue and other such disabling symptoms, determining whether subjective complaints render an individual disabled for the purposes of long-term disability benefits necessarily relies on the individual claimant’s personal statement/description. Put another way, the individual must explain what he or she goes through firsthand. Not only does this aid in the insurer’s understanding of the insured’s …

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How to Fight ERISA Long-Term Disability Claims Denials: The Use of Personal Statements

Posted in: Benefits, Disability Insurance News, ERISA February 26, 2018

Pain is a highly subjective, personal phenomenon. Only the person suffering from pain can adequately describe that pain and how that person is affected by the pain. And we know that one person may be capable of tolerating a completely different threshold of pain when compared to another person. Similarly, reports of fatigue vary widely from person to person. Because of the nature of pain, fatigue and other such disabling symptoms, determining whether subjective complaints render an individual disabled for the purposes of long-term disability benefits necessarily relies on the individual claimant’s personal statement/description. Put another way, the individual must explain what he or she goes through firsthand. Not only does this aid in the insurer’s understanding of the insured’s …

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Bad Faith Claims Handling: California Department of Insurance Investigates Aetna’s Health Claim Denials

Posted in: Bad Faith, Breach of Contract, Disability Insurance, Disability Insurance News, ERISA, Health Insurance, Insurance Bad Faith, Legal Articles February 21, 2018

On our blog, we frequently discuss the improper tactics insurers use to deny legitimate claims for life, health, disability and other forms of insurance. For our latest article on the pervasive problem in health insurance claims denials, see https://www.mslawllp.com/la-times-report-pervasive-problem-of-improper-health-insurance-denials/. Mckennon Law Group PC has had much experience litigating against health insurers who deny legitimate medical claims. We know this is a rampant problem. So, it was not shocking to us that at least one very large health insurer, Aetna, took highly improper actions to deny medical insurance claims.

On February 12, 2018, the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) issued a press release confirming its investigation of Aetna, one of the largest health insurance providers in the U.S. California Insurance …

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Top 8 Tips for When You Take Your Insurer to Court

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Breach of Contract, Insurance Bad Faith, Life Insurance, Non-ERISA November 29, 2017

If you have a claim that has been wrongfully denied or are currently in the claims handling process, it is important to always keep in mind the potential impact of your conduct on future litigation. When dealing with a sophisticated insurance company, you want to put your best claim forward and be prepared for the potential need to file a lawsuit. In this article, we discuss our top eight tips for when you take your insurer to court, from the importance of hiring an attorney with relevant experience to preparing for the long haul that is litigation against an insurance company.

1. Hire an attorney with experience in insurance litigation who actually goes to trial.
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Does an Insurance Company Need to Deny a Claim to be Liable for Bad Faith Damages? You May Be Surprised to Learn the Answer is "No."

Posted in: Bad Faith, Disability Insurance News, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance, Premiums, Transamerica, Universal Life Insurance August 09, 2017

Every insurance contract is accompanied by an implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, meaning that the insurer cannot “unfairly frustrate” or unreasonably “deprive” the insured of the benefits of the insurance contract. This implied covenant applies to all types of insurance policies, including disability insurance, life insurance, health/medical insurance, long-term care insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and homeowners insurance. If the insurer unreasonably or without proper cause refuses to pay a benefit due under in insurance policy, the insurer may have acted in “bad faith.” This may allow an insured to collect extra-contractual damages, such as emotional distress damages, attorney’s fees and punitive damages. Typically, bad faith allegations follow a decision by the insurance company to deny …

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Robert McKennon Quoted in Los Angeles Daily Journal Article on Important Insurance Coverage Issue

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Bad Faith, Benefits, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance, News, News Blog July 25, 2017

On July 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Daily Journal quoted Robert McKennon of McKennon Law Group PC in an article entitled “Insurance Claim Denial Because Airbnb Rental May Have Wider Implications,” by Andy Serbe.  The article discusses a recently filed complaint, and its broader applications regarding insurance coverage exclusions involving rentals and the impact on the potential for insureds to lose important coverage rights when they engage in once only or sporadic rentals of all or parts of their home.  In the article, Mr. McKennon explains that the insurer failed to define the terms in the exclusion, specifically the phrase “other structures reserved for rental.”  Accordingly, those terms were ambiguous as applied to the facts of the case (the complaint …

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Zubillaga v. Allstate Indemnity Co. California Court Rules in Favor of Insured

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Bad Faith, Benefits, Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance July 07, 2017

Underlying every insurance contract in California is an implied promise of “good faith and fair dealing,” which requires that the insurer act in good faith when handling the insured’s claim.  If the insurer has a “genuine dispute” as to coverage, then the insurer will typically be found not to have acted in bad faith.  In a recent opinion, the California State Court of Appeal reversed a lower court ruling granting summary judgment in favor of the insurer on the genuine dispute doctrine.  Ultimately, the Court found that the insured raised an issue of material fact regarding whether the insurer reasonably relied on an expert opinion to repeatedly undervalue her claim.  In this article, we cover some of the basics of …

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Top 5 Ways Insurers Commit Insurance Bad Faith in Denying Accidental Death or Dismemberment Claims

Posted in: Accidental Death or Dismemberment, Bad Faith, Benefits, Insurance Litigation Blog, Life Insurance June 28, 2017

The McKennon Law Group PC periodically publishes articles on its Insurance Litigation and Disability Insurance News blogs that deal with frequently asked questions in insurance bad faith, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, annuities, accidental death insurance, ERISA and other areas of law.  To speak with a highly skilled Los Angeles long-term disability insurance lawyer at the McKennon Law Group PC, call (949)387-9595 for a free consultation or go to our website at www.mckennonlawgroup.com and complete our free consultation form today.

If you have an individually purchased insurance policy that provides coverage for accidental death or dismemberment, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”) does not govern your claim.  Instead, state law applies to your dispute, including a body of law …

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