In the case of Michael J. Pacquin v. Prudential Insurance Company of America, Plaintiff Pacquin, a Business Development Director for Transistor Devices, Inc. (TDI), was infected with the West Nile Virus in 2003. As a result, he contracted encephalitis and sustained brain damage. This left him with cognitive difficulties that made it impossible for him to continue his employment.

He was covered under a disability insurance policy which provided him benefits for the first 24 months when he was disabled from working in his regular occupation. After that, in order to qualify for benefits, he had to show that he was disabled from working in any occupation for which he was reasonably qualified.

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The case of Dawna Lane v. Prudential Insurance Company is limited to a discussion by the Utah Federal District Court about whether or not Plaintiff’s ERISA lawsuit for long term disability benefits should be dismissed on the grounds of judicial estoppel. Although a reference is made to her suffering from “severe psychological conditions,” there is no discussion of her actual disability or conditions of employment.

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In Thomas v. Prudential Insurance Co. of America, et al., plaintiff Thomas learned the hard way the importance of filing an ERISA lawsuit within the time frames established by the employer-sponsored disability benefits plan. Without even referencing the medical condition upon which Thomas based her claim for long-term disability benefits, a federal district court in Louisiana dismissed her lawsuit due to her failure to file it on time.
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Federal law governing ERISA disability lawsuits requires claimants to submit an administrative appeal of the denial of benefits before they can file a lawsuit in the federal district court. In the recent case of Lewis-Burroughs v. The Prudential Insurance of America, et al., the plaintiff filed an administrative appeal and, according to Prudential’s own rules, consistent with federal law, the insurer had a maximum of 90 days to render its decision.
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An Illinois court rules in favor of Prudential and finds that the claimant failed to provide objective evidence confirming the existence of his alleged vestibular disorder. The court also gave greater weight to the opinions of the claimant’s treating specialists, and dismissed the contention of the primary care doctor that the claimant was disabled from working.
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Disability Blog & Cases:
Microsoft Employee Sues Prudential For Wrongful Denial Of Long-Term Disability Benefits

A Washington lawyer just filed a federal lawsuit against The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential). The Plaintiff, Jewel T., worked as an Escalation Specialist for Microsoft. This employment entitled to the Plaintiff to short-term and long-term disability benefits via

The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential) was sued in three separate cases in the Federal Courts of Missouri, Georgia, and Arizona for the wrongful termination of long-term disability benefits that are promised under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). In all three cases filed through the respective plaintiffs’ disability lawyers, Prudential is accused

Disability Blog & Cases:
Clopay Corporation Customer Service Representative Sues Prudential For The Wrongful Denial Of Long-Term Disability Benefits

An attorney recently filed a federal lawsuit in the Ohio district court against The Prudential Insurance Company of America (Prudential) and Clopay Corporation Long-Term Disability Coverage (Clopay). The Plaintiff, Kimberly G., was employed as a Customer