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Toyota Quality Assurance Monitor Sues Life Insurance Company Of North America For Denial Of Long-Term Disability Benefits

A disability attorney in the state of Indiana recently filed a federal lawsuit in Indiana against Life Insurance Company of North America (LINA) and Toyota Motor Long-Term Disability Plan (Toyota). The Plaintiff, Julie S., was employed by Toyota as a Quality Assurance Monitor, which made her eligible for Toyota’s long-term disability plan, which was funded by LINA.

In Julie S. v. Life Insurance Company of North America and Toyota Motor Long-Term Disability Plan, the Plaintiff filed a disability lawsuit to gain the long-term disability benefits she deserved under the terms of the Plan.

Facts of the Case Against LINA and Toyota

Plaintiff was employed by Toyota from November 1, 2004 until she became disabled on November 3, 2006 and unable to work. This was due to an injury that caused her to undergo two subsequent surgeries. The Plaintiff has and continues to suffer from complex thoracic outlet compression, myofascitis, and cubital tunnel syndrome. Plaintiff’s treating physicians provided objective medical proof that the Plaintiff was unable to continue working due to these ailments.

Plaintiff filed an application for and received short-term disability benefits. After the time period for STD benefits ran out, Plaintiff filed for and received long-term disability benefits beginning on May 4, 2007.

LINA Terminates Long-Term Disability Benefits

On September 2, 2010, LINA terminated the long-term disability benefits. Plaintiff filed an administrative appeal challenging this denial. With this appeal, Plaintiff including significant medical evidence to prove her condition and disability. However, LINA denied this appeal on November 17, 2011 on the basis that the Plaintiff was “capable of performing her occupation on a full-time basis with no restriction.” After exhausting her administrative remedies, Plaintiff was forced to file this ERISA lawsuit to seek her due benefits.

Lawsuit Filed Against LINA and Toyota

The terms of the lawsuit state that LINA committed the following wrongful actions against the Plaintiff:

Plaintiff Seeks Following Relief From This Lawsuit

The wrongful actions of LINA and Toyota have caused the Plaintiff to seek the following relief from this Court:

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“Whatever it Takes”, and you can take that to the bank, as I did. I was declared disabled in March 2010 after unsuccessful Back surgeries, CSC Implants, numerous other treatments, all which failed. I was (and still am) in constant pain requiring medication therapy and managment. June 2012, after receiving my benefit for 18 months I received a letter from my CIGNA case worker stating I no longer meet the contract definition of Disability. Therefore they stopped my benefit immediately. My numerous attempts at trying to resolve my Reinstatement Request was bogged down with hidden agendas, request for test after test, loosing documents from critical doctors supporting my claim, never returning my calls.

I contacted Dell & Schaefer, Alex Palamara, for a free consultation. He replied the same day. We spoke briefly and set an appointment the following day to pass detailed information. I faxed to him all supporting documents. In the beginning I was sceptical. But after a few weeks I could sense that they were a no BS organisation. I began to feel like they were really working hard for me. Throught the somewhat long process I was very impressed with the way they handled my case. They kept me informed of all issues via Email or calls. Never, never, did Alex (Mr. Palamara) or any of his staff fail to reply within 24 hours and usually within the same day to any of my request. I can’t say enough about the professionalism, courtesy, care, with the way they handled my case. My long hours of research have lead me to believe that Dell & Schaefer are by far the LTD hardest working informed agency out there. And, they would prove me right: as just recently I received a letter from Alex Palamara, forwarded from CIGNA stating a full reversal of my claim to begin immediately with full back pay and monthly benefits.

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