CHARLESTON — A disabled employee is suing Hartford Insurance, alleging breach of fiduciary duties.
Deborah Blake of Putnam County filed a complaint Feb. 20 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia against
BB&T Corporation and The Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co.,
alleging violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.
According to the complaint, on Jan. 15, 2015, by virtue of sickness, Blake became disabled and continues to have the inability to perform the duties of her employment. The suit says Blake filed a claim for disability benefits but has been repeatedly denied.
The plaintiff alleges the defendants unreasonably refused to pay her claim for disability benefits due under her insurance plan.
Blake seeks trial by jury, an order for the defendants to pay the plaintiff's benefits due under the plan, attorney fees and court costs and all other legal and equitable relief. She is represented by attorneys Brian Alan Prim, Carl Hostler and Joshua Dean Pearson in Hurricane.
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia Case number 3:17-cv-01317