PHILADELPHIA – A man formerly employed by a Tyler, Texas, medical facility alleges that his claim for long-term disability benefits was wrongfully denied.

Roger Michael Thomas filed a complaint on Oct. 11 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against The Prudential Insurance Co. of America citing the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that he was vice president of planning and marketing and vice president of public affairs for East Texas Medical Center and applied for disability benefits after complications from a surgery. The suit states the defendant denied the request in June 2016.

The plaintiff holds The Prudential Insurance Co. of America responsible because the defendant allegedly upheld its decisions to deny plaintiff's claim for benefits when the plaintiff alleges he has met the definition of disability.

The plaintiff seeks declaration that he is entitled to long-term disability benefits, benefits due to the plaintiff for a total of $261,500 plus interest, court costs and any further relief the court grants. He is represented by John V. Tucker of Tucker & Ludin PC in St. Petersburg, Florida and Adam H. Garner of The Garner Firm LTD in Philadelphia.

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania case number 2:17-cv-04522-RK

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