Woman alleges Aetna wrongfully terminated disability benefits

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 13, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles County resident and Bank of America employee alleges that her claim for long-term disability benefits was wrongfully terminated.

Melinda Yaras filed a complaint on March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Aetna Life Insurance Co. and Bank of America Long Term Disability Plan citing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she became disabled under the terms of the defendants' plans in July 2015 and made a claim for long-term disability benefits. She alleges Aetna first approved the claim and then terminated her benefits in July 2017.

The plaintiff holds Aetna Life Insurance Co. and Bank of America Long Term Disability Plan responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly and adequately investigate the merits of plaintiff’s disability claim, failed to pay the full and proper amount of long-term disability benefits, and failed to adequately describe to plaintiff any additional material or information necessary to perfect her claim.

The plaintiff seeks payment of disability benefits, declaratory relief, award of all costs and attorneys’ fees, interest and further relief the court deems just. She is represented by Corinne Chandler, Mitchell O. Hefter and Glenn R. Kantor of Kantor & Kantor LLP in Northridge.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 18-cv-02510

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