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New VA Email to Vets About C&P Exams Says Nothing Useful!

V.A. to Vets:  Standby…We Will Get You an Examination Sometime…Maybe VA email to veterans leads the vet to believe that a Compensation & Pension exam is going to be scheduled…but it contains no real information VA’s latest tactic in trying to placate veterans is ending an email about VA examinations in their disability compensation claim.  […]

Can Veterans Get Temporary 100% Compensation Rating While a TDIU Application Is Pending?

The Problem:  Waiting for VA to Process a TDIU Application When Another Agency Already Found You Disabled We are often asked whether the VA has to assign a Temporary 100% Service-Connected Disability Rating while the VA is processing a veteran’s application for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU).  This often comes up when another […]

TDIU: Learn More About Winning Your VA Unemployability Claim

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TDIU – Get 100% VA Compensation if you cannot work If you cannot work because of medical conditions that were caused by your military service, you may be entitled to 100% VA service-connected compensation for Total Disability based on Individual Unemployabilitity (often abbreviated TDIU or I.U.).  You may get TDIU even if your conditions are […]

New York Court Upholds Aetna Life Insurance Denial in DUI Death Based on Self-Inflicted Injury

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Intoxication Exclusions in Life Insurance Policies Can Often Result in Claim Denials When a motorcyclist died in a crash while driving 124 miles per hour, Aetna Life Insurance Company denied the claim, asserting that the driver was intoxicated and that made the crash an “intentionally self-inflicted injury,” something excluded from payment under his employer’s Accidental […]

VIDEO: Is A Long Term Disability Buyout Settlement A Good Idea For You?

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Watch this video as Long Term Disability Insurance Attorney John V. Tucker explains lump sum buyouts in Disability Insurance claims and gives you information to decide if a lump sum settlement is right for you. When you are approved for Long Term Disability (LTD) benefits, you receive a monthly payment.  Sometimes, the LTD Insurance company […]

Attorney John V. Tucker Again Selected as As “AV Preeminent” Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

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John V. TuckerDisabilty, ERISA & Life Insurance Attorney Florida Attorney John V. Tucker, managing shareholder of Tucker & Ludin, P.A., has received the 2017 AV Preeminent Rating through  Martindale-Hubbell peer review selection process.  The “AV” Rating is the highest possible rating awarded by Martindale-Hubbell for Legal Ability & Ethical Standards. John Tucker focuses his practice […]

VIDEO: Why Life Insurers Deny Accidental Death Claim

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When a life insurance company refuses to pay an accidental death claim, it adds insult to injury.  Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance (often called “AD&D Insurance”) exists to pay a benefit when someone dies in a way that you cannot plan for – as a result of an accident.  AD&D Insurance companies find creative ways […]

Disability Attorney John Tucker Lectures at National Disability Conference

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John V. Tucker Disability, ERISA & Life Insurance Attorney On March 7, 2017, Disability Attorney John V. Tucker presented a lecture at a national disability law conference in Las  Vegas, Nevada sponsored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), a national consumer law organization.  The annual seminar was sponsored by the Social Security Law Section […]

VIDEO: Three Ways To Make Your VA Disability Claim Appeal Move Faster

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Getting your VA disability claims to move faster can be like moving heaven and earth.  VA’s delays are legendary.  However, there are a few things that you can do to keep VA moving along as quickly as possible.  Watch this video by VA Disability Attorney John V. Tucker with 3 tips for making your VA […]

Group Plan Can Still be an ERISA Plan Even When Employees Pay the Full Premium for Insurance

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A common question our clients often ask is whether the Employee Retirement Income Security Act – ERISA – applies to employer group insurance plans where the employees pay 100% of the premium.  ERISA is the federal employee benefit law that applies to pension and insurance benefits offered by private (non-government or church) employers.  It governs […]


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