11/21/2010 01:18 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Life Insurance Companies Increasingly Dispute Claims, Deny Benefits To Thousands

More often than not, life insurers make good on policies, paying $38 billion in death benefits on individual policies last year. But what happened to Sheila Weissberger was not unusual. The claims of thousands of beneficiaries are denied or disputed every year -- more than 5,000 last year alone -- many for allegedly flawed applications, a Times review found.

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