Mrs. Kaufmann was employed as a senior project manager by Siemens Corporation. Mrs. Kaufmann was a member of the long term disability plan through MetLife who was both the administrator and payor of disability benefits. On May 26, 2006, Mrs. Kaufmann stopped working on advice from her treating physician, Dr. Daniel T. Rubino. Because of an unsuccessful diskectomy and laminectomy, Mrs. Kaufman suffered from severe chronic pain. Mrs. Kaufman suffered from progressive back pain, disc protrusion and herniation, stenosis and radiculopathy which led her to seek help from those unsuccessful surgeries.
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