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Arkansas Denied Life Insurance Claims Recently Settled
- Liberty Life accidental death case resolved $307,000.00
- Fayetteville claim involving foreign death $800,000.00
- American Income Life alcohol exclusion $514,300.00
- Liberty Mutual Life beneficiary dispute $252,000.00
- VGLI claim resolution beneficiaries $400,000.00
- Arkansas denied life insurance claim $625,000.00
- Little Rock denial of benefits mistake $519,000.00
- Mass Mutual Life prescription drug $218,200.00
- Conway last minute beneficiary change $817,000.00
- TSGLI claim settled within a couple weeks $$
- Globe Life medical record problem $102,100.000
- Bad faith life insurance in Fort Smith $369,000.00
- Lincoln Heritage Life divorce resolved $231,700.00
- Fort Smith fraud alleged plaintiff won $579,000.00
- Monumental Life denial sickness exclusion $125,000.00
- Denied life insurance claim Arkansas $500,000.00
- Aflac Life interpleader lawsuit won $250,000.00
- SGLI claim with competing beneficiaries $400,000.00
- Arkansas life insurance lawyer won case $764,000.00
- Conway invalid beneficiary designation $538,000.00
- United of Omaha undue influence $113,200.00
- Voya Life three exclusions overcome $101,000.00
- Springdale mistake on the application $889,000.00
- Aetna Life accident death denial $203,000.00
- Arkansas ERISA life insurance claim $312,000.00
- Reliastar Life suicide exclusion $107,300.00
- Veterans Life insurance claim $300,000.00
- Arkansas bad faith life insurance claim $892,000.00
- Jonesboro dangerous activity exclusion $476,000.00
- Gerber no beneficiary on record won $120,000.00
- Farmers Life denial due to divorce $241,200.00
- Jackson Life autoerotic asphyxiation $108,500.00
- FEGLI appeal won by our plaintiff $153,000.00
American life insurance companies may challenge foreign documents
To many consumers, life insurance seems like a very comforting concept. So long as a policyholder pays her premiums during her lifetime, then her beneficiaries are guaranteed a lucrative death benefit at the time of her death. Those payouts are often intended as “life or death” financial security nets for those left behind when a loved one dies.
What many consumers do not understand, however, is that when a policyholder dies, the insurance company’s lawyers are immediately dispatched to try to find a reason why the policyholder’s death is not covered by the policy terms. They do this because life insurance companies do not make money by simply paying claims when someone dies. To the contrary, they make money by collecting the maximum amount from policyholder premiums, only to find a technicality that allows them to deny paying out valid claims.
Life insurance companies are known to prey on people when they are at their most vulnerable. If they can deny the claim of a grieving widow on highly technical legal grounds, for example, they know that widow’s grief and depression make her much less likely to contest their decision. That’s why claim denial letters are usually sent out so soon after the policyholder’s death.
In one recent case, the life insurer not only exploited the widower’s grief in denying benefits, but exploited the couple’s status as immigrants to justify the faulty denial. As attorneys who specialize in the wrongful denial of life insurance claims, we see these tactics all the time. We’ve made it our sole mission to help innocent consumers overcome these denials. One of the ways we do this is by constantly studying other cases where claim denials are successfully overcome. Read on to explore how one life insurance company tried to use immigration status as the basis for a claim denial.
Model citizens and model employees
This case involves a life insurance policy held by a 59 year old woman named Wanda. Wanda and her husband Tran immigrated from Laos to the United States in 1986. They both gained regular employment, were good stewards of their community, and obtained citizenship status in the United States by 1998.
In 2009, Wanda had a new job with a law firm. As part of her benefits package, she was offered a life insurance policy, which she decided to obtain. During the application process, the life insurer asked for proof of Wanda’s birth date as her premiums would be based on her true age. Wanda provided the company with a copy of her Laotian birth certificate, which was all she had to prove her age. That birth certificate set her age at 58 at the time she obtained the policy, which meant she had to pay much lower premiums than she would have if she were over 60.
Just over a year later, Wanda and Tran took a trip to Laos to visit family. While they were there, Wanda suffered a heart attack and died. Upon returning to the United States, Tran made a claim for death benefits under Wanda’s life insurance policy. Given that she had paid premiums faithfully over the past year, Tran did not anticipate any issue with coverage.
Life insurance company determines a new birth date as a reason for denial
Much to Tran’s dismay, his claim for death benefits was denied. As the insurance adjuster explained in the denial letter, the insurance company had done an independent investigation into Wanda’s life and death after she died. As part of that investigation, they received copies of U.S. immigration documents suggesting that Wanda was 10 years older than she had led them to believe in her insurance application.
Tran was perplexed. He knew his wife was only 59 when she died. He sent the insurance company another copy of Wanda’s birth certificate, along with a copy of her Laotian death certificate, which gave the same date of birth. In response, the insurer produced copies of the immigration documents, which were based on an oral interview immigration workers held with Wanda as she was entering the United States. Those documents set Wanda’s birthdate exactly 10 years earlier than what the Laotian birth and death records indicated.
Based on those immigration documents, the insurance company claimed Wanda was really 68 when she had applied for insurance. As such, the company claimed that in order for Wanda to have a valid policy in place, she would have needed to pay premiums applicable to women aged 60 to 69. Since she did not do that, they claimed they could not make the death payout to Tran.
That was the point at which Tran wisely obtained an attorney specializing in the denial of life insurance claims. That attorney reviewed all of the documentary evidence and did his own investigation into the validity of the Laotian documents, as well as the immigration documents.
Ultimately, the case had to go to court. Tran’s attorney was able to convince the court of the veracity of the Laotian birth and death certificates. He also offered evidence of an immigration worker who testified that many times, things like dates get mistranslated during the oral interviews. Based on all of that evidence, the court found that the insurer had wrongfully denied Tran’s claim.
In this instance, Tran was exceptionally brave to take on the insurance company when they were essentially arguing that he and Wanda falsified documents in order to obtain life insurance coverage. Luckily, with the right attorney by his side, he was able to salvage his family’s good name.
Unfortunately, life insurance companies play tricks like this all the time. It is not unusual for them to contest the veracity of foreign birth certificates, medical records, and the like. They only do this, of course, to avoid paying otherwise valid claims.
If you or a loved on have had a life insurance claim denied on a similar basis, please call our firm today. We focus exclusively on life insurance claim denials and we are here to help you.