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A former attorney at Ice Miller who was severely injured in a motorcycle crash has sued the law firm for allegedly botching the administration of his long-term disability payments. Michael Bailey claims that Indianapolis-based Ice Miller failed to fulfill its duty to properly administer the firm’s plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. Miller’s March 18 lawsuit also names as defendants the insurance companies Assurant Inc. and Union Security Insurance Co. Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the lawsuit claims that the law firm owes him about $150,000 in disability benefits. Bailey’s attorney, Hannah Joseph, said that her client unsuccessfully made multiple attempts to persuade Ice Miller “to hold the responsible parties to their contractual obligations.” Bailey, 50, suffered extensive head trauma in a 1987 motorcycle accident while he was working at Ice Miller as an associate. He tried to return to work after the accident, but, according to the complaint, was unable to do so because of cognitive problems. The lawsuit claims that the law firm improperly administered a long-term disability policy that required him to return to the insurance companies thousands of dollars because of alleged overpayments made to him. In a statement issued through a spokeswoman, Ice Miller Chief Managing Partner Phillip Bayt said that Bailey had not worked at the firm for 20 years and that the dispute was between him and the insurance companies. “Ice Miller honored its plan obligations to Mr. Bailey and will vigorously defend itself against Mr. Bailey’s allegations,” Bayt said. Joseph is an attorney at Joseph and Turow in Indianapolis. Contact Leigh Jones at [email protected].

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