NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Military families in New Jersey got the go ahead from a judge to pursue their lawsuit over death benefits for disabled veterans whose insurance lapsed.
The families say Prudential Insurance Co. failed to warn former soldiers their policies were expiring. The benefits can reach $400,000.
The lawsuit involves Army veterans William Hamilton and Carey Seymour. Both committed suicide after leaving the military in the past decade.
According to the suit, the men were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be grounds for continued coverage.
In a ruling on Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Kevin McNulty denied Prudential’s motion to dismiss the case.
According to court papers, Prudential argued that Hamilton died years after his policy expired. The company claims to have sent Seymour three warning notices.
Newark-based Prudential administers the program for the Veterans Administration.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- Campaign Manager: Trump’s Immigration Stance ‘Has Not Changed One Inch’
- Police: Ithaca College Student Dead, Another Wounded In On-Campus Stabbing At Cornell
- NYPD: Suspect Sought In Attempted Abduction Of 11-Year-Old Girl At Tennis Event
- Best Friends Find Out They Were Switched At Birth At Canadian Hospital
(TM and © Copyright 2014 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2014 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)