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Trial Attorneys Handling Complex ERISA Cases Throughout California

ERISA, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, regulates most insurance obtained through one's employer. Policyholders have very few rights under ERISA; insurance companies hold all the strongest cards. They can deny ERISA life, health or disability insurance claims for little or no reason without the threat of a lawsuit because policyholders have no right to sue. At Pillsbury & Coleman, we help California policyholders get the benefits they need and deserve.

Careful Analysis Of Your ERISA Case: A Key To Success

To successfully resolve a disputed ERISA claim takes a great deal of legal knowledge and skill. At Pillsbury & Coleman, LLP, our ERISA litigation attorneys often succeed where others fail because of our careful and complete analysis of each ERISA case.

Because state insurance laws offer much greater protection to insureds, we will investigate whether there is a way to have the case considered outside of ERISA. There are exceptions to ERISA for employees of the federal, state, county or municipal governments and employees of religious organizations, business owners and volunteers as well as to those who purchased insurance individually, independent from their employment.

Investigating All Sources Of Liability

Our analysis always includes an assessment of whether there are individuals or organizations outside of ERISA that can be sued. For example, if the insurance company hired an investigator to follow you and videotape your activities and the investigator overstepped legal boundaries for surveillance, we would consider whether to sue for invasion of privacy.

Litigation under ERISA does not allow for testimony by expert witnesses, only a review of the materials already included in the case file. Because of the severe limitations on policyholder rights under ERISA, it is extremely important that a plaintiff's attorney consider all possible options.

At Pillsbury & Coleman, LLP, we leave no stone unturned in our effort to achieve the client's goal. To discuss your ERISA disability insurance claim, please call our firm at 415-655-1549 or send us an email today. From our offices in San Francisco's Transamerica pyramid, we represent clients throughout California.