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Suite 800
Denver, CO 80237

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Suicide Exclusion and Intoxication –  New Colorado Supreme Court Decision Concerning Denied Life Insurance Claim

June 4, 2018

On June 4, 2018, the Colorado Supreme Court issued its opinion in Renfandt v. New York Life Insurance Company, 2018 CO 49, holding, “under Colorado law, a life insurance policy exclusion for ‘suicide, sane or insane’ excludes coverage only if the insured, whether sane or insane at the time, committed an act
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Disability Claims for Firefighters & Police Officers

May 9, 2018

Many firefighters and police officers in the state of Colorado enjoy the benefits of the Fire & Police Pension Association of Colorado (FPPA). The FPPA administers a state-wide, multiple-employer retirement system providing defined benefit plan coverage. In addition to pension benefits, death and disability coverage also exists. For many fire
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Mental Health Conditions and LTD Claims

April 16, 2018

Proving the existence of a disability, and your disabling symptoms, can be challenging in any disability insurance claim. For those suffering from a mental health condition, the claim process can be just as problematic if not more difficult to navigate.  That is because many of these conditions can be relatively
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Hartford Approves Long-Term Disability Benefits

April 11, 2018

A career firefighter suffered from several work-related injuries. He made heroic efforts to continue working by pursuing every treatment option, including multiple surgeries, to improve his conditions. However, his doctors had grave concerns that he would ultimately suffer a reinjury and recommended he cease work. He was eventually convinced to
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Aetna Selling Group Life & Disability to Hartford

October 25, 2017

It was just announced that The Hartford Group will be purchasing the Group Life and Disability business of Aetna Insurance. The deal is expected to close in November. This transfer of business will result in The Hartford becoming the second largest group life and disability insurer in the United States.
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Barrister’s Best People’s Choice – Best Disability Lawyer

October 20, 2017

Law Week Colorado just released its annual list of the very best attorneys in Colorado in various practice areas. We’re proud to announce that our own Shawn McDermott has been included. The weekly publication invited its readers “to help track down the most prominent, highest performing and well-established lawyers in
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Long-Term Disability Claims & Appeals: FAQs

June 26, 2017

Navigating the long-term disability (LTD) claims process can be challenging, especially in light of the fact that insurance companies are not necessarily looking out for policyholders or their rights. In fact, some insurance providers may even take extra steps – like surveilling claimants – to try to find reasons to
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McDermott Law Opens New Office in Denver Tech Center Area

June 2, 2017

McDermott Law, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of a second office in the Denver Tech Center area. 5750 South Ulster Circle East, Suite 300 Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111 For two decades, McDermott Law, LLC has been helping clients whose disability, life, long-term care and other insurance benefits have
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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

May 7, 2014

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month.  Parkinson’s is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine.  Its symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait.  There are approximately five million people worldwide suffering from Parkinson’s disease.  In the United States,
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CIGNA Reverses Long Term Disability Denial of Woman with Multiple Conditions

August 29, 2013

. . . This office was once again successful on behalf of a client whose disability benefits were wrongfully denied. These long term disability benefits governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), and insured by CIGNA, have now been granted. Ms. B suffered from several conditions, including optic
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