SACRAMENTO – A former crane operator alleges that his insurance company denied his disability benefits.

William Cupps Sr. filed a complaint Feb. 17 in the U.S. District Court Eastern District of California against Life Insurance Co. of North America alleging that the insurance company unlawfully violated the Employment Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges he became disabled around Oct. 3, 2013, and submitted a claim for disability benefits. The suit states benefits were initially approved, but were later denied on Jan. 13, 2015, because the defendant determined he was no longer disabled by definition of the policy. The plaintiff holds Life Insurance Co. of North America responsible because the defendant allegedly denied plaintiff's claim for disability benefits based on the claims of financially biased physicians.

The plaintiff seeks the following: compensation for all damages including benefits not paid beginning on or about April 1, 2015, declaring that the plaintiff is entitled to future disability benefits, attorney's fees, costs of the suit and any other relief the court deems just and proper. He is represented by Frank N. Darras, Lissa A. Martinez, Susan B. Grabarsky and Phillip S. Bather of Darras Law in Ontario.

U.S. District Court Eastern District of California Case number 1:16-at-00119

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