BENTON – A Belleville woman is suing
over an insurance company's alleged cutoff of long-term disability benefits.
Stephanie Dorris filed the suit May 9
in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois against
Unum Life Insurance Company of America.
After being diagnosed with two
disabling medical conditions, the plaintiff resigned from her job and
filed for disability benefits under the defendant's policy, the suit alleges. She made
that claim in February 2001 and was receiving benefits from the
defendant as well as Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, according to the suit.
In March 13, 2015, after the
defendant had approved and was paying disability benefits, it
informed the plaintiff it was conducting a review of her claim,
according to the complaint.
On April 15, the defendant terminated
the benefits, the suit alleges, because of the policy's mental illness
limitation, which was never referenced in the original denial letter.
Despite U.S. Department of Labor and U.S.
Supreme Court decisions that the defendant's
denials of thousands of claims were unjust, the suit alleges, it has not
changed its practices.
The plaintiff seeks a judgment that the
defendant pay the plaintiff the past benefits to which she is entitled,
prejudgment interest, continuation of the benefits, attorney fees and
other relief the court deems proper. She is represented by Paul T.
Slocomb of Hoffman Slocomb LLC in St. Louis.
U.S. District Court for the Southern
District of Illinois Case number 16-cv-508