Denial of Claim for Health Benefits Alone Not Sufficient to Support IIED


Mintz v. Blue Cross of California, __ Cal. App. 4th __, 2009 WL 1019039 (April 16, 2009).

On April 16, 2009, the Second Appellate District in Mintz v. Blue Cross of California, found Blue Cross liable in negligence when acting as claims administrator for CalPERS, when its claims denial caused physical injury to the member. Blue Cross denied the member's treatment on the grounds it was experimental. The member appealed, and though Blue Cross advised the member of his contractual appeal rights, it failed to advise him of his statutory right to Independent Medical Review.

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