MIAMI — A woman is suing an insurance company over its decision to deny her benefits under a long-term disability plan.

Michelle Quirk-Berman sued Life Insurance Company of North America on Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleging a violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

The plaintiff claims she has been disabled since Sept. 17, 2014, but was denied benefits, and was denied benefits again upon appeal.

The employee filed a complaint on Feb. 26, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Life Insurance Company of North America alleging that the insurance company violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by wrongfully terminating her long term disability benefits.

The plaintiff alleges that Life Insurance Company of North America failed to provide a reasonable explanation for denying her claims and failed to adequately investigate the merits of her claim.

The plaintiff seeks the following: an order declaring her immediate reinstatement to the long-term disability plan, compensation for disability benefits due, attorneys’ fees and costs, pre-judgment and post-judgment interest; and any further relief that the court may deem just and proper. She is represented by Alexander A. Palamara and Gregory Michael Dell of Attorneys Dell & Schaefer Chartered in Hollywood.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:16-cv-20708

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