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Employers tend to offer employees a wide range of benefits in addition to their salaries. Pension plans, health insurance, life insurance, and long term disability are just a few. These plans are governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which became federal law in 1974.
While employers are not required to offer such benefits, if they do choose to offer them, they must meet certain requirements. That is what ERISA is there to do. ERISA oversees these employer-provided benefit plans and protects employees by ensuring that plan administrators meet minimum standards. If you have questions about your employer-sponsored benefits, an Austin ERISA lawyer may be able to help.
Receiving a bill should never be the first step in getting help. Our firm knows that when dealing with an ERISA, long term disability or insurance claim, what you need is answers, and we are here to provide them free of charge.
Our firm welcomes telephone calls or the opportunity to visit with you in person to answer any questions you may have. We also provide FREE comprehensive case reviews. There is no obligation to hire us as your ERISA attorney.
Too much is at stake to guess about the best approach and strategy for fighting your denied insurance claim — years and years of financial security.
After spending years representing insurance companies, we don’t guess. We know their playbook and how they work behind the scenes. Using that knowledge, we’ve developed our own Clear Advantage Process for fighting claims.
It’s personally satisfying to use what I’ve learned as an insurance company insider, now for the good — helping families reverse unfair denials of insurance benefits they paid for, need and deserve.
Price McNamara began his law practice in 1990 representing insurance companies.
In 1995, Mr. McNamara founded McNamara Law Offices, where he represents people across the U.S. who are wrongfully denied long-term disability insurance, life insurance, and accidental death insurance benefits, with special focus on ERISA claims and lawsuits.
His is a member of the Louisiana and Texas Bars, with office locations by appointment only in Baton Rouge, Metairie, and Houston. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with his wife and their three children.
“Price showed no fear. The only thing I can use to actively describe what I saw that day in court was someone standing there protecting our family and fighting for them at the same time…he took control of the situation and was truthful.”
“It was a smooth process. I didn’t have to guess about what was going to happen next…I was reassured that he was going to do the right thing. I was reassured that he was looking out for me.”
“He was ready to fight for me…I felt like he had my best interest in mind. It wasn’t just for the paycheck at the end.”
“Price worked for an insurance company in the past and now he’s working against the insurance company so it was because of that we trusted that he knew how an insurance company worked and how to fight them.”
“I feel blessed that I can help turn things around for my clients who have been denied that piece of mind of financial stability and we make sure that the insurance company and the court realize that these are actual people, these are families that are suffering greatly.”
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Price and Sara are great. They helped us in a time of need. Their communication was always spot on and I never felt out of the loop with what was going on with our case.
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My client’s cause for an ERISA accidental death and dismemberment denial lawsuit began when both Esther and her husband were involved in a tragic head-on collision with an 18-wheeler. This tragic accident resulted in severe injuries to Esther, as well as David’s untimely death.
Our client, a young husband with two children, sustained closed-head brain injury as a result of an automobile accident. The at-fault driver’s insurance company initially refused to pay, but shortly before trial, agreed to pay the entirety of its insurance policy limits of $2,000,000.
Our client was a floor hand and Jones Act seaman who suffered a shoulder injury while working for Blake Offshore, LLC. Suit was filed in federal court in New Orleans. Blake and its insurance company offered relatively little in settlement, so the case proceeded to trial.
Our client sustained a fractured hip and reduced ability to earn wages in the future as a result of an accident sustained on the offshore drilling rig to which he was assigned. Suit was filed in federal court in New Orleans.
ERISA covers all plans provided by private, for-profit employers. The law provides for accountability and helps prevent corruption and other unethical matters. When there is a conflict between ERISA and state law, ERISA will overrule.
When employees are denied benefits that are supposed to be covered under a plan, employers can face penalties. These penalties may include tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Our number-one goal is getting you and your family back to financial security as soon as possible.
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There are several ways in which an action by a plan or employer can result in violations:
Criminal violations at the executive level may include:
A plan or employer not abiding by the laws and obligations set forth by ERISA can face hefty fines. There are two types of penalties involved – civil and criminal.
The law does not have specific civil penalties in place for offenders, so penalties are given on a case-by-case basis. They generally depend on the motive and do not exceed $1,000 per day. Plan participants, for example, have the ability to receive compensation for benefits that were wrongly denied, any accrued interest, and attorney’s fees.
Criminal punishments depend on the nature of the violation. The maximum criminal penalties were increased in 2002. They increased again in 2016. Individuals can be fined up to $100,000 and face up to 10 years in jail. Companies can face fines up to $500,000. They may be forced to restore assets and losses and reprocess claims in accordance with the plan.
ERISA has the best interests of injured employees in mind. It was put in place to ensure that disability plan administrators meet certain standards. When these standards are not met, the employer can face significant penalties.
Employees have rights when they suffer disabilities, and if you feel like your employer is trying to take away your rights, it is time to seek legal help. An Austin ERISA lawyer from the Law Offices of J. Price McNamara can inform you of your legal rights and protect your interests. Schedule a free consultation by calling his office today.
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