Texas woman sues Prudential Insurance, alleging unpaid benefits

Robbie Hargett Aug. 19, 2015, 12:21pm


A Texas woman is suing Prudential Insurance, alleging it wrongfully denied benefits due her.

Irina Schmedes filed the lawsuit Aug. 12 in the Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas against the Prudential Insurance Company of America, alleging wrongfully denied benefits, violation of good faith and fair dealing, and unfair and deceptive business practices.

According to the complaint, Schmedes, formerly a licensed physician in Texas, could no longer perform her occupational duties as of June 2, 2014, and she made a claim to benefits under Prudential Insurance's long-term disability benefits policy on July 23, 2014. The suit says Prudential denied benefits to Schmedes under that policy based on an improper application of the governing standard of disability.

Schmedes seeks damages, the unpaid benefits due to her as well as future benefits, plus attorney fees and court costs. She is represented by attorney Robert E. Goodman Jr. of Kilgore & Kilgore in Dallas.

Marshall Division of the Eastern District of Texas case number 2:15-cv-01410-JRG-RSP.

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