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Great Moments in Health Insurance Claims for Injured Players

Jan 30, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

Jeff Bagwell

From 2006, regarding Jeff Bagwell:

Attorneys for the Houston Astros filed a lawsuit in state district court here Monday afternoon against Connecticut General Life Insurance Co., claiming breach of contract because the insurer denied the Astros’ claim to recoup $15.6 million of injured first baseman Jeff Bagwell’s $17 million contract … The Astros filed the insurance claim late in January, a few days prior to the Jan. 31 deadline. On March 28, Connecticut General rejected the claim, contending Bagwell had not become more disabled since he played in the World Series in October 2005.

From 2003, regarding Randy Myers:

The club contended the famous insurance carrier acted in bad faith when it denied a claim by the Padres over whether the club was due $8 million compensation for the two seasons (1999-2000) that Myers was unable to play because of arm injuries … After filing a claim, the Padres heard nothing from the carrier for 16 months, according to court papers. Lloyd’s balked at paying the claim and, according to court papers, argued two apparently conflicting points. The insurer said that Myers’ disabling injury occurred in April 1999, after the insurance policy expired. Lloyd’s also contended that Myers’ health problems could have been diagnosed as early as 1993 before the policy was enacted.

But sure, even though insurance companies fight $8 million and $17 million claims for years, there is every reason to think that one wouldn’t fight a $114 million claim for A-Rod.  They’d clearly understand that paying up was in the best interest of the Yankees and their fans and do their duty, right?

(thanks to readers @GrandCards and Chris Garber for the links)

  1. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    I missed where any of the reporters said the insurance companies would not fight the claim. I’m with almost all the way Craig, but you’re starting to take this a bit too far. Take a Xanax already. You’re starting to get as crazy as me.

    • vivabear - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:59 PM

      Yes please STFU about this.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:25 PM

      See what I mean about the happy pills.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:29 PM

      My personal favorite insurance company story involves homes in France falling into centuries old phosphate mines that everyone had forgotten about. THh claims(which involved some deaths) were denied because the homes were only covered against natural disasters and the old mines were considered Man Made. Which a philosophicallly inclined lawyer could have countered by saying Man is part of nature.

    • purnellmeagrejr - Jan 30, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      .My personal favorite insurance company story involves some homes in France falling into centuries old phosphate mines that everyone had forgotten about. THh claims(which involved some deaths) were denied because the homes were only covered against natural disasters and the old mines were considered Man Made. Which a philosophicallly inclined lawyer might contend isn’t a legal grounds as Man is part of nature- not outside nature.

  2. 18thstreet - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    All A-Rod would need is a neck brace, bandage around his head and pair of crutches. I’ve seen enough movies to know that juries are suckers for that sort of thing.

    Also, we should wince a lot.

    • historiophiliac - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      a NY jury?????

  3. joshtown81 - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    I couldn’t agree more. I get that you’re making a point here Craig, but you keep making it over and over. Every other post for the last day or two is about how everyone else is wrong and crazy and over-reacting. You’re completely over-reacting from the other side. Take it down a notch.

    • cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      I utterly, completely disagree. For every voice of a jackass there should be the voice of the non-jackass.

      Keep it up Craig. When the Red Sox were imploding, this is how it was. When the Feesh were being gutted, this is how it was. When The Mets were shafting Dickey, THIS IS HOW IT WAS.

      Better get used to this. When possibly the most recognizable baseball player alive today on the most recognizable baseball team ever is in the news for THE hot sports topic, well then you’ll see a lot of news on this site about that. At least the claim around here can be made that no one is advocating Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees attempt to perpetrate Insurance Fraud.

      I strongly suggest you take your comments about finding another/better point to Heyman et al.

      • fanofevilempire - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:00 PM

        Heyman is a douche, he has no problem with a MVP who tests positive in Milwaukee but is willing to do everything possible to harm Alex, what a hypocrite.

      • nightman13 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

        Braun did not test positive, a cup of urine with his name on it tested positive. After the keeper of the cup broke the chain of custody. After MLB denied Braun’s offer to submit a DNA test to prove the urine wasn’t his.

        So yeah, let’s lump Braun in with A-Rod because the evidence is so similar.

      • cur68 - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        OR lets lump the rush to judgement, with wild disregard for due process, in Braun’s case in with the rush to judgement, with wild disregard for due process, with ARod’s.

  4. fanofevilempire - Jan 30, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    I won’t lose any sleep about who will or will not pay the bill for Alex.
    The Yankees are rich, Alex is rich and the Insurance company is rich.
    I’m just glad I signed a 2 year contract with Verizon for Cable,Internet and Phone, as
    long as nobody screws with that all is good.

  5. hojo20 - Jan 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Bagwell started falling apart once he got off the roids.

  6. sfbookreviews - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    Funny how Craig skipped the part about the insurance company and the Astros coming to a settlement, meaning the club got at least some of that money they felt they were due. But that would hurt his argument, so I guess it isn’t all that much of a surprise. Or maybe he just didn’t bother to look into it at all beyond that one article.

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