O’Ryan Law Firm, on behalf of Plaintiff Laura McKenzie, recently filed a federal lawsuit against Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”), which is a subsidiary of Cigna Corporation. The Plaintiff was employed as a Registered Nurse with Allied Physicians, which made her eligible for disability benefits under the Allied Physicians, Inc. Long Term Disability Plan (the “Plan”).
In Laura McKenzie v. Life Insurance Company of North America and Allied Physicians, Inc. Long Term Disability Plan, the Plaintiff filed a lawsuit to gain the long-term disability benefits she was entitled to under the terms of the Plan.
Facts of the Case Against LINA
Plaintiff was employed by Allied Physicians, Inc. as a Registered Nurse until she became disabled in 2009 due to the disabling effects of cervical and lumbar spondylosis and other serious medical conditions. Plaintiff filed an application for long term disability benefits and was paid disability benefits by the Allied Physicians, Inc. Long Term Disability Plan from October 2014 to October 2016. LINA issued the disability policy that provided disability coverage to the employees of Allied Physicians.
LINA Terminates Long-Term Disability Benefits
On October 16, 2016, LINA terminated the Plaintiff’s long-term disability benefits. Plaintiff filed an administrative appeal challenging this denial. With this appeal, Plaintiff included significant medical evidence to prove her disability. Because a decision was not timely rendered by LINA within the regulatory timeline of 90 days, Plaintiff was forced to file this ERISA lawsuit to seek the benefits due her.
Plaintiff Seeks Following Relief From This Lawsuit
LINA’s wrongful actions have caused the Plaintiff to seek the following relief from the Court:
A judgment that requires LINA to pay all long-term disability benefits that are due, along with all accrued interest
A judgment that the Plaintiff’s eligibility for future long-term disability payments be reinstated
A judgment that the Plaintiff will continue to receive future long-term disability payments for as long as Plaintiff remains eligible under the terms of the Plan
A judgment that LINA will pay for all reasonable attorney fees
A judgment that LINA will pay for all associated court costs
If you have a disability claim denied or terminated by LINA, a subsidiary of Cigna, please immediately contact the O’Ryan Law Firm to see if we can provide you assistance in seeking to have LINA reinstate your disability benefits.