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Dowdy v. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, 16-15824

Reversing the district court's judgment in favor of the defendant in an ERISA action challenging the denial of accidental dismemberment benefits under an employee welfare benefit plan who was denied coverage because their leg injury resulting in amputation was complicated by diabetes because under the ERISA plan the plaintiff could recover if the car accident was the direct and sole cause of the loss and if the amputation was the direct result of the accidental injury, independent of other causes and the record did not support the finding that diabetes substantially contributed to his loss.

Appellate Information

  • Argued
  • Submitted
  • Decided
  • Published 2018/05/16




  • United States Ninth Circuit


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