Anesthesiologists are critical to the healthcare system as they make it possible for patients to undergo surgeries and other procedures. This medical practice area involves carefully assessing each patient’s situation and making numerous decisions regarding the right type and dosage of anesthesia that is appropriate for a given situation. This is a high-risk profession, as many anesthesiologists face malpractice allegations when something goes wrong. It is important for everyone involved that anesthesiologists are at the top of their game whenever they are working with patients.
Anesthesiologists need to be cognitively sharp, as well as have full functioning and control of their hands, as they must inject anesthesia into patients. Many factors can lead to mistakes, including fatigue, intoxication, or disabilities. If you are diagnosed with a physical or mental disability, it can often impair your ability to continue working as an anesthesiologist. You might need to take several weeks or months off, or it might be possible that you can never work in this profession again. When this happens, you can lose significant income, as the median salary for an anesthesiologist is just under $400,000 per year. It is important that you receive full disability benefits to ensure you can pay your bills.
Ferrin v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 336 F. Supp. 3d 910 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2018) (holding insurance policy’s grant of discretionary authority is void under Texas law due to certificate being issued after effective date of regulation, and policy renewing after effective date, and holding Plaintiff was disabled from Any Reasonable Occupation where treating doctors certify she can sit at the occasional level, and insurer’s consultants opine Plaintiff can sit frequently, as weighing all evidence together would make capacity likely at low end of frequent range at best).
Sadowski v. Tuckpointers Local 52 Health & Welfare Trust, 281 F. Supp. 3d 710 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2017) (holding plan was arbitrary and capricious in denying medical benefits for removal of spinal cord stimulator following a fall down the stairs and infection where plan argued the expenses were caused by the same injury as the car accident necessitating implantation of the stimulator years earlier)
Tassone v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 264 F. Supp. 3d 867 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2017) (awarding client long term disability benefits denied by United of Omaha despite insurer’s doctor opining there was no objective evidence of functional impairment)
Suson v. PNC Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 15-CV-10817, 2017 WL 3234809 (N.D. Ill. July 31, 2017) (holding Liberty Mutual’s denial of client’s long term disability benefits was arbitrary and capricious where Liberty Mutual disregarded client’s carpal tunnel syndrome and relied on a vocational opinion to which client never had an opportunity to address before litigation)