What does ERISA stand for?
ERISA is the acronym for the federal Employment Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, the primary law governing employment benefits litigation. If you have a claim for disability, medical or other types of benefits and you received your benefits through your employment, most likely your claim is covered by ERISA.
Our firm has handled a wide range of ERISA cases throughout the firm’s history. It now focuses attention in two areas: Accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) and related life insurance cases. On a selective basis we handle long-term disability (LTD) cases and medical insurance claims.
The most common type of ERISA case our firm handles is a claim for long-term disability benefits. These cases are filled with pitfalls that can derail an otherwise meritorious claim. These pitfalls can be avoided or at least dealt with provided you contact an attorney early in the process.
Another type of case we handle is a suit for recovery of unpaid medical benefits. A frequent variation on this theme is a claim that an employer has failed to provide appropriate COBRA notices.
We are also happy to review potential cases involving inappropriate investments or other pension-related irregularities. On occasion we have reviewed claims that an employer terminated an employee that was about to vest in a pension to avoid such vesting.