Prudential Misclassifies Brain Disorder as Mental Health Condition
When a surgeon in Miami, Florida was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he left the workforce and applied for long-term disability (LTD) benefits. Prudential approved these benefits on January 14, 2019. Unfortunately, the company later tried to invoke the mental health limitation of our client’s policy. This is incorrect because Parkinson’s is not a mental health condition, but rather a progressive neurological condition.
Prudential’s Inconsistencies in the Surgeon’s Case
Even if invoking a mental health limitation was an honest mistake, Prudential’s actions directly contradict a statement they made on June 19. 2019. Prudential affirmed that our client did not have the capacity to perform his occupation and that the company did not expect improvement in our client’s condition. Prudential also approved LTD benefits for the maximum duration of our client’s policy.
Because of the nature of our client’s disease, as well as the confirmation that a physical condition had forever robbed our client of the ability to work, Prudential’s attempt to invoke the policy’s mental health limitation is akin to bad faith.
Dabdoub Law Firm Gives Prudential a Second Chance
By representing our client’s interests, Dabdoub Law Firm gave Prudential an opportunity to do the right thing. The company quickly confirmed, in writing, that our client’s claim is not subject to a mental health limitation.
Parkinson’s is not a mental health condition, so this response is only fair.
Although we were appalled by the oversight, we are happy that it was corrected quickly.
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