A 3-judge panel at the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out a lower-cut ruling involving a long-term disability (LTD) insurer’s effort to coordinate the LTD benefits with veterans’ benefits.
James Riley, 56, was receiving veterans’ benefits because of multiple sclerosis symptoms that developed in the early 1970s, while he was serving in Vietnam, according to Margery A. Beck of BusinessWeek.
He later was working and had on-the-job LTD benefits from Sun Life and Health Insurance Company. He stopped working and filed an LTD claim in 2005.
When Sun Life realized it was paying benefits for a disease that had surfaced years earlier, it reduced benefits payments and said Riley should repay about $21,000.