O’Ryan Law Firm, on behalf of Plaintiff, Jennifer D., recently filed a federal lawsuit against Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA), a subsidiary of CIGNA. Jennifer was a classroom teacher, responsible for providing instructional services necessary to educate all students to high standards and ensure that all students meet internationally benchmarked Common Core Standards linked to Indiana’s Academic Standards. Jennifer was forced to stop working when she became disabled due to chronic pain as a result of occipital neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, cervical facet arthropathy, and neuropathic pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is a hideous medical condition which causes severe facial pain with no known effective treatment. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, trigeminal neuralgia is described as follows:
Trigeminal neuralgia, also known as tic douloureux, sometimes is described as the most excruciating pain known to humanity. The pain typically involves the lower face and jaw, although sometimes it affects the area around the nose and above the eye. This intense, stabbing, electric shock-like pain is caused by irritation of the trigeminal nerve, which sends branches to the forehead, cheek and lower jaw. It usually is limited to one side of the face.
Jennifer tried pain management, physical therapy, chiropractic care, massage therapy, medication changes, injections, surgeries, etc. to alleviate her pain with no success. An MRI of Jennifer’s brain showed left occipital craniotomy and mild atrophy of the left cerebellar hemisphere.