SAN FRANCISCO — An Alameda County woman is suing Cigna Life Insurance, alleging breach of contract and violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Sarabjit Sangha filed a complaint Sept. 6 in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York, alleging the defendant wrongfully denied the plaintiff's claim for disability benefits.

According to the complaint, Sangha, who worked as a buyer for Loral starting in 2010,  became disabled in a serious car accident, Oct. 26, 2011. She says she suffered severe chronic pain secondary to a cervical degenerative disc disease. The suit says she applied for long-term disability benefits but was denied. 

The plaintiff alleges Cigna Life terminated Sangha's disability benefits after paying her benefits for nearly four years and despite her still being disabled according to the terms of the plan.

Sangha seeks seeks long-term disability benefits, plus interest, reinstatement, legal fees and all other relief the court deems just. She is represented by attorney Michelle Roberts Bartolic of Roberts Bartolic LLP in Alameda.

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California case number 3:17-cv-05158-EDL

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