Many New York employers offer disability as a benefit to their employees. However, there are times that even purportedly valid claims are denied by an insurance company as a matter of policy, for many reasons. As a result of a denial, some claimants file a civil suit in an effort to obtain those benefits.
One man recently filed a complaint in a federal court sitting in another state. He has alleged that his employer, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Aetna Life Insurance Company are liable for causing a breach of contract by denying his short-term disability claim. The man states that he suffered harm as a result of the repeated denials, beginning some time in 2015.