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Complaint Review: The UnumProvident Corporation

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  • Submitted: Fri, November 10, 2006
  • Updated: Thu, May 24, 2012

  • Reported By:Los Angeles California
The UnumProvident Corporation
1 Fountain Square, Chattanooga TN37402 Milton Court, Dorking, Surrey, United Kingdom United Kingdom

The Unum Provident Corp, UnumProviden. Unum Life Insurance Company Of America, GENEX Services, Long Term Disability SCAM, Con, Deceit, Fraud, Criminal, Despicable, Outlawed, Deceptive, Disgusting, Appalling, Fraudulent Claims Processing Continuing, Destroying Innocent Peoples Lives, BEWARE, A VERY SERIOUS WARNING HQ Chattanooga Tennessee Worldwide Global Company United Kingdom

*General Comment: Insurance companies may refuse legitimate claims for long term disability benefits

*Author of original report: Insurance Fraud: Help Starve the Hungry Vulture

*UPDATE Employee: Inside information-Disability claims department

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UnumProvident is currently the largest provider of Long Term Disability Insurance in the United States and the United Kingdom. It sells insurance policies which promise "Financial Security" in the event of serious illness, accidental injury or disability but God help you if you ever need to make a claim as it would certainly appear UnumProvident has NO INTENTION of honoring the insurance promises they sell!

YOU or YOUR BUSINESS CANNOT TRUST UnumProvident with this very important insurance coverage it sells to individuals and companies [Group Schemes].

As a business, its TRACK RECORD is TOTALLY APPALLING and despite millions of dollars in fines imposed for cheating its customers and also, just last week, for deceptive business practices; it continues to let genuine "Customers" down by unfairly terminating their long term disability benefits; saving itself millions of dollars in the process.

In the US 300,000 known unfair denied claims were court ordered to be re-assessed, as a result of a multi state Government Investigation. UnumProvident was referred to as an "outlawed Company" by Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi in the State of California.

http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/060905/sftu091.html?.v=73 and warned UnumProvident to stop this deceitful practice or Garamendi would bar UnumProvident from doing any further business here. This will now be a very serious issue for Steve Poizner to make a call on. Let's hope Steve adopts a zero tolerance approach to UnumProvident and VERY SOON. http://www.joinsteve.com/news/Read.aspx?ID=100

This frightening number of people does not include thousands of other people awaiting court dates for 5, 6, 7+ years ? long, very hard years with no income!

Imagine that for just a few seconds ? How would you and your family cope?

Or indeed the thousands of unknowns who have been deceived by Genex Services [a wholly owned subsidiary of UnumProvident] a firm of lawyers who will negotiate ?a fair settlement? on behalf of the unfairly terminated "Customer" paying only a fraction [in some cases just 5%] of what was actually due to them. How low can you go in the name of making money?

It would appear the multi million dollar fines have achieved absolutely nothing to deter UnumProvident from continuing to unfairly drop "customers" forcing them to lose everything they had worked very hard for and by doing so UnumProvident is still successfully managing to shift its own financial responsibility to its ?Customers? on to the state/taxpayer.

I really hope you agree this continued criminal behavior is despicable.

Evidence of UnumProvident doing exactly the same thing to Customers in the United Kingdom goes back as far as December 1999! Please refer to Parliament Inquiry London
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199900/cmhansrd/vo991221/halltext/91221h01.htm

For additional VERY DISTURBING FACTS on this despicable organization please visit www.stopunum.com

Pick your occupation, your County, State or indeed Country. Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life ? unfortunately absolutely no one is safe from this form of deceit.

PLEASE WARN ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE YOU KNOW, as I'm very sure NO ONE wants to be let down like this, especially when you genuinely need the ?financial security? you truly believed you had purchased!

As you may have guessed by now, I've also been unfairly dumped by UnumProvident. DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU OR SOMEONE YOU CARE ABOUT! And believe me, it really could if you still have your insurance coverage with UnumProvident.

Using UnumProvident's most recent data please have a serious look at this. Misfortune does actually happen?don't be caught short holding the wrong policy.

I only wish someone had warned me before it was too late.

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20061106005047&newsLang=en

Laura
Los Angeles, California
U.S.A.

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#1 General Comment

Insurance companies may refuse legitimate claims for long term disability benefits

AUTHOR: SonjaKathryna - (United States of America)

Hi, my name is Sonja, & Im with the disability rights group from Sokolove Law.  We have been reviewing thousands of potential claims where insurance companies refuse long-term disability benefits to someone who has a legitimate claim. Too often, legitimate claims are denied because insurance companies look for every possible legal and technical angle available that will allow them to deny a valid claim. When an insurer does not live up to its end of the contract, they act on what is called bad faith. 

For folks interested in learning more about bad faith practices of insurance companies, there is great information available at http://awe.sm/5o82i. If your claim has been rejected, I want you to know your rights and options. Call our office toll-free at 800-581-6943 to learn about your options and receive a free legal consultation.
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#2 Author of original report

Insurance Fraud: Help Starve the Hungry Vulture

AUTHOR: Laura - (U.S.A.)

Many thanks for your comments and suggestions. They really just emphasize how very wrong this whole current situation actually is. Should you or anyone else wish to help change this dreadful state of affairs please watch this video, which contains very important information at the end.

youtube.com/watch?v=MuzXvVDMzk8&eurl=

CRITICALLY IMPORTANT if your organization has signed an ERISA Disclosure when purchasing a Group Long/Short Term Disability Policy and/or Income Protection Insurance, then this strips away ALL the rights under the unfair claims practices laws and indeed the insurance regulations of your own State.

The ERISA Clause which preempts [eliminates] State Law needs to be urgently abolished to deter unscrupulous insurance companies from committing fraud and seriously abusing its selected innocent Long Term Disability "customers" its "Chosen Ones" just to boost its profit.

Too many people have suffered this unfair fate already!
This is a huge social disgrace.
Many thanks
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#3 UPDATE Employee

Inside information-Disability claims department

AUTHOR: Mary - (U.S.A.)

I agree with many of your comments. My position in Disability Claims is to deny, delay, minimize, and obfuscate claims. The merits or facts of the claim are not the most important factors in claims settlement. Look carefully at your contract and ask any attorney about the laws of insurance. As far as I know, there is no federal law which states that insurance companies must pay "any" claim. In addtion, I know of no state law which actually requires that insurance companies pay claims. Deference is always made to the "civil" nature of claims. That is, the legal burden is always placed on the policyholder or claimant to resolve the claim. This places insurers in the legal position of "defending" the claim. This is a legal process where the insurers point of view on interpreting the claim (which they wrote) will counter any benefits claim made by a claimant. I don't feel guilty about this since this is what insurance comnpanies do. As a customer/policyholder of the insurance company, you are automatically treated as an adversary since you are a potential claimant. In tort claims, the insurer only has to defend the claim "to the policy limits". Most people don't realize that their auto liability policies will not insure against a serious injury or death to another. Hospitals can easily cost thousands per day on uncontested claims. The $200-300k policy limits of most auto insurers is a very low policy limit. If you are found at fault in an auto accident resulting in serious injury or death you could easily lose your house, savings, future earnings.

Resolution: 1) As prudent insurance consumers we need to pass federal regulations that requires insurers to work honestly and fairly and pay legitimate claims 2) We need to have serious civil penalties for non-payment, delays, minimizing payments of legitimate claims. 3) we must break up the insurance monopolies in each state. The business of insurance is the ONLY business not regulated by the federal governement. Insurance companies can now own banks and other financial institutions as well as real estate devlopment. Insurers should be limited to the business of insurance. There are a few insurers who deal honestly and fairly with claims and they can and do make large profits. There is no reason that legitimate claims can't be paid by insurers. It is the greed and lack of federal legislation that allows and promotes the practice of cheating insureds, claimants and policyholders. The McCarran-Ferguson federal law actually prevents the US government from investigating so-called insurer fraud. Claimant fraud is illegal under state and federal law, but insurer fraud (denying, delaying, minimizing, low-balling legitimate claims) is NOT illegal.
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