SAN FRANCISCO — An insurance plan participant is suing Met Life, alleging breach of contract and violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Jeannie M. Smith filed a complaint Aug. 16 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, alleging wrongful denial of her claim for disability benefits.

According to the complaint, in January 2015, Smith, who worked as a registered nurse, suffered monetary damages from having her disability benefits denied despite being unable to work due to cervical disc disease, lumbar disc disease, cervicogenic headaches, sciatica, cervical spasms and seizures. 

The plaintiff alleges Met Life upheld their decision to deny her claim for disability benefits despite initially approving her benefits through Jan. 27, 2015.

Smith seeks all long-term disability benefits due, plus interest, legal fees and any other relief the court deems just. She is represented by attorney Constantin V. Roboostoff of Roboostoff & Kalkin in San Francisco.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 4:17-cv-04782-YGR

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