NEW ORLEANS – A Houma woman alleges her claim for short and long-term disability benefits was unlawfully denied.
Shawn L. Franklin filed a complaint on June 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana against Life Insurance Co. of North America alleging that the claims administrator violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff is an employee of Terrebone General Medical Center and alleges she is disabled under the terms of the defendant's policy because of chronic back and neck pain. The plaintiff holds Life Insurance Co. of North America responsible because the defendant allegedly unlawfully denied plaintiff's claims for benefits despite receipt of overwhelming medical proof of her claim for disability benefits.
The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks all damages and penalties, attorney fees, court costs and all other relief as the facts and law may provide. She is represented by James F. Willeford and Reagan L. Toledano of Willeford & Toledano in New Orleans.
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana case number 2:17-cv-05628