O’Ryan Law Firm, on behalf of Plaintiff, Brooke W., recently filed a federal lawsuit against Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA) (LINA is a subsidiary of CIGNA). Brooke was an Extension Educator for Purdue University. Purdue’s main campus is located in West Lafayette Indiana and is one of the premiere educational institutions for higher education.
Facts of the Case Against LINA
Brooke was forced to stop working when she became totally disabled due to multiple diagnoses including Diabetes Mellitus Type 1, small fiber autonomic neuropathy, fibromyalgia, Graves disease, migraines and lupus. Brooke’s rheumatologist confirmed the diagnosis of lupus SLE based on a positive ANA screen. She also had an abnormal nerve conduction study of her left ulnar nerve for carpal tunnel syndrome. Brooke’s occupation required her to travel extensively and her cardiologist restricted her from driving because of the precariousness of her medical condition. Objective medical proof was provided to LINA by her physicians, and confirmed that Brooke was unable to continue working as an Extension Educator at Purdue due to these serious illnesses.