If your loved one was severely injured or killed in a catastrophic accident, the last thing you want to be doing is fighting with the insurance company over a denied claim for benefits. If your accidental death and dismemberment insurance (AD&D) claim was denied, we can help. Our lawyers have the experience to investigate your case, determine whether you’re still entitled to benefits, and fight the insurance company on your behalf.
What Does AD&D Cover?
AD&D insurance pays beneficiaries a set amount of money if their loved one’s death or dismemberment is the direct result of an accident. Many people add AD&D to their life insurance, either as a separate policy or an add-on known as a “rider” to their coverage.
AD&D will pay the policy holder or a beneficiary a certain amount of money if a fatal accident occurs or an accident causes the policy holder to lose his or her:
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There are some exclusions to AD&D coverage, which might include: death during surgery or death caused by a drug overdose, drinking and driving, or other specific situations.
Dismemberment coverage is generally paid on a “per-member” basis, which means the benefits paid depend on the specific injuries the person sustained.
A Case Example
The Life Insurance Lawyers represented a woman who was a named beneficiary in her husband’s accidental death policy. When her husband was killed in a motor vehicle accident, the insurance company denied her claim for death benefits, because toxicology and autopsy results revealed that her husband had an illegal blood alcohol content. Witnesses also noted that the insured was drinking at a bar prior to the accident. The policy contained an intoxication exclusion, which denies payment of the death benefit when the insured’s intoxication contributed to the accident. The Life Insurance Lawyers utilized their knowledge of the relevant case law to argue that the alleged fact of intoxication did not warrant denial under the accidental death policy. They were successful in getting the insurance company to reverse its denial. The company ultimately paid the full death benefit with interest as well as an additional benefit for child care expenses.
While each case is different and yields different results, the Life Insurance Lawyers use their legal experience and medical knowledge to make persuasive arguments with the goal of getting their clients the benefits they deserve.
Getting Help with an AD&D Claim Denial
Act immediately if your loved one’s insurance company denied your claim on a valid AD&D policy. Our attorneys have helped many people fight their claim denial and obtain much-needed benefits after their loved one passed away.
We have the experience and knowledge to stand up to the insurance company, make them account for delays and poor business practices, and get you the full amount you deserve. Schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers to determine whether you have a case.