We Help Clients Access Vital Employee Benefits

If you are like most people, you closely reviewed your employer's benefits package when you accepted your job. And if you have recently made a significant claim and it was denied, you may be struggling to pay for needed medical treatments, ongoing care and other major expenses — without the benefits you were promised when you were hired.

Carla N. McKain has focused many years of her law career advising and representing clients on matters that relate to employer-provided benefits. She is skilled at examining the avenues to obtaining your benefits, knowledgeable about the technical regulations that plans and insurers must follow, and diligent in advocating for your benefits, always seeking the best possible outcome for you.

Types Of Benefits That May Be Covered By ERISA

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, or ERISA, was passed to protect employee pension and health and welfare benefits from misappropriation and other illegal behavior on the part of an employer. A primary reason for its passage was to protect the rights of employees to access information about their benefits and provide strong procedures for employees to have any denied benefits overturned. Additionally, ERISA protects employees who use these processes from retaliation by employers. ERISA governs a broad array of benefits set up by employers, including:

  • Health insurance plans
  • Long-term disability plans
  • Retirement accounts and pension plans
  • Wellness benefit packages
  • Child care coverage
  • Plans that offer discounted legal services
  • Severance packages
  • Executive compensation plans
  • Life insurance

ERISA sets forth regulations that govern how an appeal of a benefit denial is to be handled, as well as when litigation of the case is allowed in federal court.

Learn More About Your Employee Benefit Rights

Our firm can help you receive the benefits you need and deserve. Our office is located in Ithaca, but we work with clients across New York, and are available to help wherever you may be located in the United States. To set up a time to discuss your case with our firm, call 800-724-3208 or use our online intake form.