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Aetna Life Insurance Company
January 3 2005
Class action status is being sought in a lawsuit filed against Aetna Life Insurance Company on behalf of employees of The Boeing Company who have been denied disability benefits by Aetna since 1998. The suit claims that Aetna breached its fiduciary duties by improperly and systematically denying and terminating valid disability claims. The breaches included in the suit include heightening the requirements needed to prove disability; failing to collect all of the claimant's medical records; disregarding the assessments of the claimant's treating physicians in favor of those by Aetna's paid claims reviewers; and ignoring prior social security disability awards.
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I was denied short term disability when I worked for Boeing. Aetna denied it even though my doctor wrote on the appeal that I needed to be out of work. So I continued to be on medical leave of absence from Boeing without any compensation from Aetna, and I had to live off of my savings and retirement money for 6 months.
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