Termination Of Disability Benefits Was Unreasonable, Federal Judge Determines
JOPLIN, Mo. - A disability claimant is entitled to long-term disability (LTD) benefits under a plan's any-occupation standard because the plan's termination of benefits was unreasonable based on the fact that only one doctor, who performed a file review, determined that the claimant was not disabled under the any-occupation standard, a Missouri federal judge said Dec. 6 (Jamie S. Flanagan v. Lincoln National Life Insurance Co., No. 17-5060, W.D. Mo., 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 206031).