Administrative Record Supports ‘Own Occupation’ Evaluation, Panel Determines
Mealey's (March 8, 2016, 10:03 AM EST) -- ST. LOUIS — Because an administrative record supports a disability insurer’s analysis of a claimant’s “own occupation,” the insurer did not abuse its discretion in discontinuing long-term disability benefits, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said March 4 (Gwendolyn Whitley v. Standard Insurance Co., No. 15-1524, 8th Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4102).
(Opinion available. Document #17-160314-004Z.)
In February 2011, Dr. Gwendolyn Whitley was involved in a car accident and suffered a serious head injury.
Whitely, who was board certified in family medicine, worked as...