MIAMI – A woman alleges a New York insurance company wrongfully terminated her disability benefits.

Zahra Awadallah filed a complaint on March 21 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. alleging violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on March 28, 2016, she was caused financial injury from defendant's denial of plaintiff's continued claim for long-term disability benefits, despite plaintiff remaining in disabled condition as defined by ERISA. The plaintiff holds Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. responsible because the defendant allegedly failed to continue payment of disability benefits to plaintiff, failed to provide a prompt and reasonable explanation of the basis for the denial of plaintiff’s claims, and failed to provide a full and fair review of plaintiff’s claim.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendant, disability benefits due, declaratory relief, immediate reinstatement of benefits, costs, attorneys' fees, interest, and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Alexander A. Palamara and Gregory Michael Dell of Attorneys Dell and Schaefer Chartered in Hollywood.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-21064

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