Our client, who suffers from Parkinson’s, was a highly skilled engineer and operations manager for an international corporation before his illness rendered him unable to perform the duties of his occupation. Diagnosed with Parkinson’s years before filing for long term disability benefits under his company’s disability plan, he did everything in his power to work at a job he enjoyed and excelled at. However, the nature of his illness began to take a heavy toll, as symptoms relating to his cognitive functioning began to worsen. Left with little choice, he applied for disability benefits under his company’s short term disability policy in March of 2008. He was approved for short term benefits under the disability policy. However, in October of 2008, when the short term disability benefits were exhausted, MetLife denied his claim for long term disability benefits.
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