May 16, 2012 – Nagel Rice was awarded $2.3 million in fees and expenses Tuesday for its work towards a settlement over denied insurance coverage for eating-disorder treatments. U.S. District Judge Faith Hochberg in Newark made the award based the recommendation of a special master.
The suit, Drazin v. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, 06-6219, claimed Horizon improperly limited coverage by categorizing the eating disorders as nonbiologically based mental disorders. The settlement, reached in November 2008, provides $1.2 million in reimbursements for past denied claims and creates a dispute resolution mechanism for future denied claims.
Bruce Nagel says he is pleased with the opinion and “it’s especially pleasing that another law firm that tried to take a piece of the fee for contributing nothing was denied any portion of the fee.”
The attorneys at Nagel Rice, LLP represent clients throughout New York and New Jersey in a wide range of matters including personal injury, automobile accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, business litigation and class action cases.