Disability Insurer Loses Court Decision In New York
A New York state court has upheld a jury verdict against First Unum Life Insurance Company that awards $2.8 million in past and future disability benefits and legal costs to Dr. Peggy Wurm, a dentist injured in 1988.
The attorneys fees and other legal costs could add up to $1.2 million, according to Michael Hiller, Wurms lawyer.
The original jury agreed with the plaintiff that First Unum had terminated her benefits in “bad faith.” But it rejected allegations of deceptive trade practices.
Earlier New York insurance cases suggested awards could include attorneys fees and lump-sum future benefits, but Wurm may be the first disability claimant in the state who has received such an award, according to Hiller.