Quest Diagnostic employee alleges LINA wrongfully denied disability benefit claims

By Philip Gonzales | Sep 26, 2018

LOS ANGELES – A woman formerly employed by Quest Diagnostics Inc. alleges her claims for disability benefits were wrongfully denied by her insurer.

Marisa Finnerty filed a complaint on Sept. 14 in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against Life Insurance Co. of North America alleging that the plan administrator violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Nov. 18, 2014, she became disabled while she was covered by the group disability policy issued by defendant. She alleges the defendant denied her claim for short-term disability benefits in 2015 and her claim for long-term disability benefits in November 2017.

The plaintiff holds Life Insurance Co. of North America responsible because despite being approved for Social Security Disability benefits, the defendant wrongfully denied her claims for such benefits.

The plaintiff seeks award for all unpaid benefits beginning on or about June 2, 2017, with interest, attorney's fees, costs and such other just and proper relief. She is represented by Frank N. Darras, Susan B. Grabarsky and Phillip S. Bather of Darras Law in Ontario.

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California case number 2:18-cv-08025-SJO-MRW

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