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Symphony Violinist Who Can’t Play Sues Prudential for Benefits

Nov. 24, 2020, 7:50 PM

A violinist for the San Francisco Symphony sued Prudential Insurance Co. of America in federal court, alleging the insurer owes him long-term disability benefits because his post-traumatic stress disorder prevents him from playing.

Eliot Lev, who filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, says he’s been unable to perform his job since 2018 because of post-traumatic stress disorder that’s triggered by “playing the violin or even thinking about playing the violin.”

Lev says he learned to play as a young child in the former Soviet Union and was criticized, berated, and punished by his ...

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