O’Ryan Law Firm, on behalf of their client, recently filed a lawsuit against a Liberty Mutual company, Liberty Life Assurance Company of Boston, for denial of a Dow Chemical employee’s long term disability benefits. Our client was employed by Dow Chemical Company as a Global Adverse Effects Coordinator, responsible for ensuring compliance with the US FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act) regulations which protects consumers and the environment. As an employee of Dow Chemical, she was eligible for disability benefits under the Dow Chemical long term Disability insurance policy.
Dow Chemical is a large producer of plastics, including synthetic rubber. It is also a major producer of ethylene oxide, various acrylates, surfactants, and cellulose resins. It produces agricultural chemicals including the pesticide Lorsban and consumer products including Styrofoam.
After 27 years of working for Dow Chemical, our client was forced to stop working when she became disabled from the severe symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the digestive tract, which leads to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition. The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of the affected bowel tissue and can be both painful and debilitating. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Crohn’s Disease yet.