Latex Allergy: November 2006 Archives

Berkshire Life to pay $191,358 in latex allergy suit

latex allergy PITTSFIELD — A federal jury has ordered Berkshire Life to pay the claims of a Connecticut woman who was forced to leave her job as a dental hygienist because of a latex allergy.

A jury in U.S. District Court in Springfield ordered Pittsfield-based Berkshire Life and its parent company, Guardian Life Insurance Co. of American, to pay $191,358 to Carolyn Mirek, of South Windsor, Conn.

Mirek filed the suit after Berkshire Life denied her disability claim. According to Mirek's attorney, Joanne D'Alcomo of the Boston firm Jager Smith, Mirek had worked for more than 18 years as a dental hygienist but stopped on the advice of her allergist.