SAN FRANCISCO – A man alleges he appealed the termination of his disability benefits and that he never received a response.
Strickland filed a complaint on March 15 in the U.S. District Court for
the Northern District of California against AT&T West Disability
Benefits Program alleging violation of the Employee Retirement Income
Security Act and breach of contract.
According to the complaint,
the plaintiff alleges that he became disabled in 2013 and applied for
disability benefits and was approved. The suit states the defendant
denied benefits effective May 2016 over claim it had not received
updated medical information. The plaintiff holds AT&T West
Disability Benefits Program responsible because the defendant allegedly
appealed the decision and provided the missing records, but did not
respond to the submission.
The plaintiff seeks benefits due plus
interest at 10 percent per annum; benefits at the rate of $1,205 per
month plus interest at 10 percent per annum; general damages in the
amount of $250,000; punitive or exemplary damages in the sum of
$250,000; all legal fees in the amount of $200,000; and any other relief
as this court deems just. He is represented by Laurence F. Padway of Law
Offices of Laurence F. Padway in Alameda.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California Case number 3:17-cv-01393-MEJ