January 24th, 2011

On November 9, 2010, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio held in the case of Mennucci v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Company that Hartford abused its discretion in terminating Ms. Mennucci’s disability benefits. Ms. Mennucci underwent spinal fusion surgery for cervical neck pain that radiated into her right arm. Hartford initially paid short term and long term disability benefits to Mennucci. However, when she failed to fully recover from her surgery and complained of continuing neck pain radiating into her right shoulder Hartford Insurance terminated her benefits based on a medical record review by Dr. Richard Kaplan.

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