MIAMI – A woman is seeking reinstatement of disability benefits that were terminated in 2016 that she had been receiving since 1995.

Deneen M. Conti filed a complaint on March 15 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Continental Casualty Co. and Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. alleging violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Feb. 15, 2016, she suffered monetary losses because previously approved long-term disability benefits were discontinued by the defendants, despite plaintiff remaining disabled under the terms of the plan.

The plaintiff holds Continental Casualty Co. and Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. responsible because the defendants allegedly failed to properly and adequately investigate the merits of plaintiff’s disability claim, failed to provide a full and fair review of plaintiff’s claim, and failed to adequately describe to plaintiff any additional material or information necessary for plaintiff to perfect her claim.

The plaintiff requests a trial by jury and seeks judgment against defendants, disability benefits due, reinstatement to the plan with ancillary benefits, costs and attorneys’ fees, interest, and further relief as the court deems just. She is represented by Alexander A. Palamara of Attorneys Dell and Schaefer in Hollywood.

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Case number 1:17-cv-20972

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