Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. Complaint - Arbitrary Denial - Long Term Disability Insurance
I became disabled in 2005 due to 3 medical conditions that do not allow me to work. Liberty Mutual payed my benefits for approx. 1 yr while I applied for SSI. When my SSI was approved after appeal Liberty Mutual promptly denied my benefits. My conditions had only worsened but they said I was no longer disabled. The 5 different doctors I had seen all agreed and put that in records sent to Liberty Mutual. They initially said they did not receive them but when pressed by an attorney they found them but still denied my benefits. It has been a year and one half now and we have spent all of our savings lost 2 cars and owe doctors and hospitals thousands of dollars which are in collections. We are on the verge of losing our farm that we worked hard to build up and are behind on all utilities. I tell this only to let you know we have tried to keep it together all this time while our attorney appealed the decision. This was done on September 13, 2008. My understanding of the process is they would have 45 days to make a decision. December came and Liberty Mutual did not even respond to the appeal and when prodded by the attorney in February 2009 again said they had 45 days to decide. Today April 16 they decided and still deny my benefits.
The ERISA law may have valid applications but when a company has no fear of losing anything other than what they owe you with no penalties to them possible what deterrent do they have to just holding your money and earning interest or starving you out so you will throw up your hands and start living on the street.