The O’Ryan Law Firm, on behalf of Plaintiff, Timothy E., recently filed a federal lawsuit against Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA), a subsidiary of Cigna, for their refusal to continue paying disability benefits to a city employee who had been disabled for more than 5 years. The Plaintiff was employed by the City of Bloomington, and became unable to continue working in his extremely physical job from severe back issues and cardiac problems. He had been employed for the City of Bloomington for more than 20 years when he was forced to stop working because of his medical conditions. Cigna paid him for 5 years and then abruptly terminated his monthly disability payments saying he had miraculously recovered his ability to return to work, after 5 years. In the meantime, he had been approved by the Social Security Administration who found him unable to perform any substantial, gainful activity.
Facts of the Case Against Cigna
The Plaintiff was employed by the City of Bloomington from 1987 until he became disabled in June 2010 and unable to work due to coronary artery disease, back pain, COPD, hypertension, fatigue, sleep apnea, and hyperlipidemia. Plaintiff’s treating physicians provided objective medical proof that the Plaintiff was unable to continue working due to these medical conditions.