Sedgwick Abuses Discretion After Paying Benefits and then Terminating

The claimant was employed by AT&T and became disabled due to panic attacks, depression, fibromyalgia, and migraine headaches. Her claim was originally approved by Sedgwick in 2001 and the claimant was able to get Social Security benefits. In 2010, Sedgwick terminated the benefits.

The federal judge ruled that Sedgwick was wrong and abused its discretion in denying the long term disability benefits. Sedgwick's reviewing doctors found "steady improvement" in the claimant's condition after 2006. The court found that Sedgwick reched this conclusion after cherry picking evidence from a portion of the medical records. The court was also highly critical of Sedgwick's use of the excuse "there are no objective synonyms" when the primary disabling diagnosis was a mental illness.

Don't be bullied by companies like Sedgwick and don't let them cherry pick evidence to deny a long term disability claim. They have an incentive to deny claims, and these are the sorts of lengths they will go to.

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