In addition to representing employees holding ERISA-governed group policies, purchased through an employee benefit plan, Roy Law also represents Oregon, Washington, and Idaho residents in disputes over individually-purchased private long-term disability insurance policies. State contract and tort laws govern those disputes.
In Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, private long-term disability insurance policies are written contracts between an insurer and an insured, and an insurance company’s wrongful failure to pay disability insurance benefits is a breach of contract. Proving breach of contract allows an insured to recover actual damages, like back benefits due under the contract, as well as damages incidental and consequential to the breach of contract, like damages arising from an inability to pay living expenses.
Washington and Idaho laws also allow claims for first party bad faith. Proving bad faith allows for the recovery of extra-contractual tort damages like emotional pain and suffering. Moreover, under Washington’s recently enacted Insurance Fair Conduct Act, in certain situations a claimant may be able to recover treble damages. Oregon does not allow first party bad claims.
Under either a claim for breach of contract or bad faith, insureds may be entitled to their reasonable attorney fees should their long-term disability insurance claim prevail.
If you have any questions about Oregon, Washington or Idaho’s contract or tort laws, or how they may impact your long-term disability insurance claim or appeal, please contact us to discuss.
Roy Law does not charge for initial consultations or case evaluations.
5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
Chris Roy fought for me when my private disability company, Unum, suddenly cancelled my disability payments.
In the course of his research to restore my benefits, he discovered that Unum's action was anything but sudden. They had been carefully laying out a plan to cancel my benefits for months before I knew anything about it. Chris Roy carefully pieced together the complicated puzzle pieces of what the insurance company had set out to do: kick me off their policy.
I am permanently disabled, but the insurance company thought otherwise. And they set out to prove it with doctors and consultants that never examined me. The result was a proliferation of false and misleading opinions that the insurance company used to justify the cancellation of my monthly benefit payments.
As soon as I spoke to Chris Roy on the phone for the first time concerning this, I knew that he would be able to help me. He understood the issues and was very familiar with Long Term Disability Insurance company tactics.
Soon after that phone call, we then began the process of assembling an appeal to the insurance company. I had seen several doctors over the course of my disability period, and significant amounts of medical records had to be gathered. This took months, as there were so many. But Chris and his staff worked tirelessly to make sure no relevant details were left out of over 10 years of medical treatment I had received while disabled. Every x-ray, MRI, EMG nerve test, and doctor visit was gathered in pain staking detail.
The appeal was filed in a timely manner. When the insurance company dragged their feet on a response, Chris Roy continued to press for a ruling. We were ready to take legal action if my benefits were not restored.
Shortly thereafter, Unum reversed their decision, and restored my disability payments. My months of worrying were over!
Chris Roy not only got my benefits restored, he helped me save my house. I would not hesitate one moment to recommend his services.
4 out of 5 starsposted 3 months ago
I was very discouraged and at the end of my rope. I was losing my long term disability benefits, but I had no idea how to fight back. In order to be treated fairly I had to hire an attorney! Enter Roy Law. Without having to sue, Roy re-established my monthly benefits, and got my back benefits paid as well. I've extremely glad I made the call to Roy Law!
5 out of 5 starsposted 9 months ago
I became acquainted with Chris Roy when I needed help with a disability claim that had been approved and then denied. In searching for an attorney, I found that attorneys that understand private disability claims are few and far between. I actually contacted an attorney with who I am personal friends and the closest legal firm that he could suggest was in Seattle, Washington.
I have found Chris very down to earth but also very knowledgeable in this type of law. My case is against an insurance company that held the long-term disability for employees where I worked. He has succeeded in winning the first stage of my case and is currently working on the next stage. He knows the law and quotes it to the denying insurance company and then combs through their reasonings and formulates a plan for me to follow. He has taken a great deal of the burden of providing information by being organized and thorough. I have had easy access to him through phone or e-mail and his fees are upfront, straight forward, and reasonable.
5 out of 5 starsposted 4 months ago
Chris and his firm are solid. He won my appeal with a well written and supported document. He and his firm go out of their way to fight for you to make things fair. Thank-you Chris. It is so really appreciated!
5 out of 5 starsposted 10 months ago
Because of the death of a business associate who owed me a great deal of money at the time of his death, it became necessary for me to file a lawsuit against his estate to collect the remaining money on a contract. The first attorney I used wasted time and resources and accomplished nothing; she, with no prior notice to me, left the firm. My file was given to Chris Roy. Having been "burned" by the first attorney who made absolutely no progress in several months, I was hesitant to continue with someone at the same firm. I wisely decided to at least talk to him.
Mr. Roy looked over the file and was quite disturbed it had so little done on it and expressed it should have already been settled. My decision to employ him to continue was an excellent decision. He "got things moving" immediately and stayed on task though the opposing attorney kept trying to introduce irrelevant distractions. His constant response to the other attorney's distractions was "this is a contract, she provided services, she has not been paid in full for those services" and kept it to what the lawsuit was about - a contract for professional services which had not been paid in full.
Chris Roy kept everything on track, performed efficiently, kept me well informed, and the suit was settled in a timely manner. He did this all after being given a file that had been terribly mishandled. From the day he took it over, it moved smoothly and very professionally.
I was delighted to find he went into private practice "on his own." My experience with him was so good that I hired him when I had another legal matter to address concerning my mother's property foreclosure and her mortgage company trying to include me in the process even though I had absolutely no interest or responsibility in her business matters. Again, Mr. Roy handled it professionally and expediently.
I highly recommend him to anyone who has need of an attorney. If your case is not one that he feels not to be the best attorny for you, he will refer you to someone who is. My first step for any legal need will always be to contact Mr. Roy! I, like many, am distrustful of attorneys in general, but I have total confidence in Chris Roy and have found him trustworthy, professional and skillful.
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