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Mutual of Omaha Breaks with Doctors’ Advice for Claimant Recovering from Breast Cancer

Recovering from cancer is not an automatic process, and many people develop secondary conditions after enduring chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This was the situation for our client, a Surgical Services Circulating Scrub Nurse in Tendoy, Idaho. When our client left her job, Mutual of Omaha approved her long-term disability (LTD) claim and paid benefits throughout her treatment.

After four rounds of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, our client developed peripheral neuropathy, chronic fatigue, and cognitive dysfunction. Although she left work due to her breast cancer diagnosis, her secondary conditions justified continued LTD benefits. Nevertheless, Mutual of Omaha terminated her benefits and claimed she could return to her regular, medium-strength occupation.

Doctors’ Orders After Cancer Treatment

Our client’s treating oncologist at the Portneuf Cancer Center instructed our client to avoid all activity, including lifting and carrying, using her hands or feet in repetitive actions, bending squatting, crawling, climbing, and reaching above shoulder level.

Her treating nurse practitioner noted that our client was limited to 1-2 hours on her feet due to pain, swelling, and numbness and recommended a nap every 2-3 hours.

With these restrictions, our client cannot fulfill the duties of her occupation.

Our Client’s Job Description

According to Steele Memorial Medical Center’s job description for the Surgical Services Circulating Scrub Nurse role, our client’s job description includes:

  • Standing regularly
  • Using hands in repetitive actions
  • Walking frequently
  • Sitting
  • Climbing or balancing
  • Stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling
  • Lifting and carrying 10 to 25 pounds

Per doctors’ orders, our client cannot complete any of these tasks and cannot return to her regular occupation – or any occupation. Our client is disabled from returning to the workforce in a sedentary capacity due to significant cognitive impairment and an inability to sit for more than 4 hours, stand for more than 2 hours, and walk for more than 1 hour in an 8-hour workday.

Dabdoub Law Firm Highlighted Mutual of Omaha’s Mistake

Instead of reviewing the ample medical evidence our client provided, Mutual of Omaha terminated her LTD benefits with no rhyme or reason. Our client has doctors’ orders specifying that she cannot fulfill any of the duties of her occupation, and multiple medical professionals have agreed that even light work would be too physically demanding for our client.

Although she is recovering from breast cancer, our client’s secondary conditions are not improving. Not only is she entitled to LTD benefits now, but she will also be entitled to these benefits in the foreseeable future.

Dabdoub Law Firm paired our client’s doctors’ notes with the duties of her occupation in its appeal to Mutual of Omaha. Presented with the facts, the insurance company did not waste any time reinstating our client’s LTD benefits.

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