8th Circuit: Use Of Dictionary Job Description Was Not Abuse Of Discretion

ST. LOUIS - A disability insurer did not abuse its discretion by using a job description from the U.S. Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles (DOT) to determine that a plan participant was able to perform the duties of his "own occupation," even though the participant's employment was terminated because he was unable to complete a required physical evaluation, the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed May 14 (Bobby Gene Hankins v. Standard Insurance Company, No. 11-3495, 8th Cir.; 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 9674).

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