Roy Law is the only Northwest law firm solely dedicated to fighting companies like The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., usually known as The Hartford, against wrongful long-term disability insurance claim denials. The Hartford is headquartered in Hartford, Connecticut, and it sells long-term disability insurance policies through Washington State, Oregon, Hawaii, Alaska, California, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, and Montana. Roy Law’s disability lawyers handle long-term disability insurance appeals and litigation under Hartford’s group and private disability insurance policies.
Group policies are offered by employers through employee benefit plans, and almost all disputes over those plans are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or “ERISA”. Under ERISA, claimants denied long-term disability insurance benefits must first appeal their denial directly to The Hartford. If their appeal is denied, they may seek judicial review in federal court to recover their back and future benefits, interest, and reasonable attorney fees and costs. Unfortunately, ERISA does not allow recovery of extra-contractual damages, like pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Disputes over private, individual disability insurance policies are governed by state contract, tort, and consumer protection laws. Some states, like Oregon State, only allow wrongfully denied insureds to bring claims for breach of contract. However, other states, like Washington State, allow policy holders to bring claims for breach of contract, bad faith, and for violations of Washington’s Insurance Fair Conduct Act, or “IFCA”. Regardless of these differences, both Oregon, Washington and most other states allow successful litigants to recover their reasonable attorney fees and costs for having to bring legal action to enforce their disability insurance contract with The Hartford.
The Hartford, is a United States-based investment and insurance company. The company’s earnings are divided between ground benefits, mutual funds, and property-and-casualty operations. The Hartford is the 12th-largest property and casualty company in the United States, and it sells its products primarily through a network of agents and brokers, and has been the direct auto and home insurance writer for members of AARP, formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) for more than 25 years. The company’s product offerings include: auto and homeowners’ insurance; business insurance, including workers’ compensation, auto, property, general and professional liability; employee benefits, including disability, life & accident and retiree health, and; mutual funds (sub-advised by Wellington Management).
5 out of 5 starsposted 3 days ago
I was being treated like a thief by an insurance company. I could fill a page with the explanation of the run around that I was receiving ...making me want to drop the case and just forget about hundreds of thousands of dollars that they owed me..insurance commissioner? Forget them. They were completely useless in my case. After many calls to different attorneys offices I found Chris Roy..
I don't know who wrote the bad reviews of this law office...but in my case Chris Roy was tenacious and communicated every detail with me ..believe me ...he made the insurance company pay attention.
Be smart , document your case carefully, and then turn it over to Chris Roy.
Don't get pushed around by an insurance company..be smart, get Chris Roy to help you.
5 out of 5 starsposted 2 days ago
I was like the many other people that wrote a review for Chris Roy. I have paid into my long term disability insurance on and off for over 18 years. I have always tried to keep working despite having 4 brain surgeries and 2 neck fusions in 6 years!! I really believed it would matter, that my hard work and determination would make a difference. I believed that if the day came that I could no longer work, I could be proud and unashamed knowing I had done everything I could to keep working. Instead the opposite was true!! Prudential has taken everything from me and I've been fighting them for 10 long horrible months!!
Thank God for Chris Roy, Danielle Barber and the rest of his staff!!! My only regret is that I didn't hire them from the beginning!! We are still fighting for my benefits but I sleep so much better knowing they are in my corner! They work hard and care about their clients. They are extremely knowledgeable and give me confidence that we are eventually going to be ok!
I saw in one gentleman's review about the Department of Buissness and Consumer Services, that they would not help. This has been true for me as well. It is very disappointing that these organizations do nothing to help the people being victimized by billionaire companies during the worst times of our lives!! I wish we could form some sort of petition with enough signatures that they could not ignore us anymore!!!
5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
Chris Roy JD specializes in defeating (the) Standard Insurance with their dirty tricks; I have no doubt that I would have been just another victim without his expertise. What very much impressed me during my initial interview was his quiet, self-assured confidence - NO arrogance or over-confidence - but a demeanor resulting from experience and sound judgment. Everything that he predicted about my case came to pass as described, meaning that I won my case. It is unfortunate that we, as disabled insured workers, must go to these lengths, but I am fortunate to have Chris Roy on my side.
5 out of 5 starsposted 1 month ago
After denial by my LTD and being treated less than a person Roy Law submitted my appeal. This forced the LTD company into hiring an IME.
After the IME examination my claim was approved. Then the staff at Roy Law interfaced with the LTD to correct numerous accounting errors. His staff treated me with compassion and understanding during the process.
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