MIAMI – A disabled woman alleges her disability benefits were wrongfully terminated by her insurance company, which believes she is able to return to work.
Shelby Ponder filed a complaint on Aug. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against The Prudential Insurance Co. of America alleging violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that she became disabled according to the terms of the plan and received benefits until they were terminated by the defendant in September 2015. The plaintiff holds The Prudential Insurance Co. of America responsible because the defendant allegedly denied plaintiff's disability benefits because it determined she was still able to perform her former job of administrative assistant. The plaintiff alleges she has appealed this decision.
The plaintiff seeks payment of long-term disability benefits, reinstatement and order that she is entitled to all disability benefits for as long as she remains disabled according to the terms of the plan, all legal fees and interest, and any other relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Stephen F. Jessup of Attorneys Dell and Schaefer, Chartered in Hollywood.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:16-cv-23289-DPG