Maher v. MA Gen. Hosp., No. 10-1321 (1st Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff, an RN, stopped working at the hospital and went on disability only a few months after starting work. Her symptoms were attributed to chronic pancreatitis, chronic pain syndrome or fibromyalgia; she took "impressive amounts of narcotics" to manage her pain, which caused negative side effects. After about five years, the company terminated benefits, finding that she was not totally disabled, as defined by the policy. The district court upheld the termination in a suit under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, 29 U.S.C. 1132(a)(1)(B). The First Circuit remanded for further review, reasoning that plaintiff's activities, shown on surveillance tapes, and the lack of clinical documentation were overstated.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on December 20, 2011.