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Lyme Disease Long Term Disability Insurance Claim Tips
Prudential Disability Insurance Claim Trends, Lyme Disease and Neck Disorders

Our disability insurance attorneys understand how the nature of Lyme disease can result in significant limitations and struggles if not diagnosed quickly. However, many physicians do not properly diagnose Lyme disease from the initial stages. Lyme disease is a controversial diagnosis among the medical community and disputed within numerous medical publications. We have helped numerous claimants suffering with Lyme disease and our disability lawyers are familiar with all of the arguments used by the disability insurance companies. The tests used to detect Lyme antibodies, the enzyme-linked immuno sorbent assay (ELISA) and the Western blot, only have a 60 percent chance of accurately indicating the presence of the disease. Because several factors can affect the incidence of the antibodies, countless infected patients are turned away with a false negative test result. Additionally, about one out of four individuals who get Lyme disease never develop the most common sign of the disease – a rash. This is why many do not know they have the disease until it reaches the devastating second and third stages. Once these stages are reached after being left untreated, individuals with Lyme disease may be severely affected by mild to serious long-term disabling conditions.

If you or someone you love is suffering from the symptoms associated with Lyme disease, talk with our firm about securing benefits from your disability insurance provider. We will share with you our past experiences with Lyme disease disability claims and let you know how we can assist you. We have helped claimants such as a vice president of a fortune 500 company disabled by Lyme Disease to numerous school teachers. Disability companies will not deny that Lyme disease exist, but they will argue that it is not a permanently disabling medical condition. Our attorneys will work closely with you and your doctor(s) to make sure that the proper medical documentation necessary to support you claim is presented.

Disabling Disorders Caused by Lyme Disease

The disease is carried by deer ticks found in the northeastern and central northern regions of the United States, as well as by the western black-legged ticks which are found mostly on the Pacific Coast. These ticks can spread the disease to animals and humans through their bite, and subsequently into the bloodstream or lymphatic system. The disease can begin to involve the joints, bones and muscles as it progresses throughout the body. These symptoms can be disabling to sufferers as the disease not only affects them physically but also cognitively. Disability companies will not deny that Lyme disease exist, but they will argue that it is not a permanently disabling medical condition.

During the late stages of Lyme disease, it can spread to other parts of the body such as the heart and nervous system. An individual may feel an irregular or slow heartbeat if the disease spreads to the heart.

Nervous system disorders caused by late-stage Lyme disease may include:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Changes in mood
  • Loss of memory
  • Changes in sleep habits
  • Muscle weakness
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Numbness in the arms and legs
  • Meningitis
  • Inflamed knees and other large joints
  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy
  • Vision changes

If you have a claim for disability benefits as a result of Lyme Disease, our disability lawyers can help you at any stage of your claim for short or long term disability benefits. Contact us for a free immediate consultation.

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There are 4 opinions so far. Add your comment now.

Dolores Claesson:

Lymes – I would get all these tests – Western Blot for Borrelia, also test for Borrelia hermsii, and Babesia duncani and microti and Quest can test for duncani, Bartonella henselae and quintana, Brucella, Tularemia, Coxiella burnetti or Q fever, many rickettsias ie Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, EBV, CMV, all Coxsackie viruses, and now Powassan virus and its cousin Deer Tick Virus, HSV 1 and 2, HHV 1-8 if available. Parvovirus B -19 papillomaviruses, Toxoplasmosis, Chlamydias and Mycoplasmas and get genetic tests for hypercoagulation like Mthfr and Factor V leiden, and test all your IgG subclasses 1-4, and CD 57 and C3a and C4a and CBS mutations and HPU/KPU and mold testing since so many of us have issues with mold. ECP or eoisonophil cationic protein seems to suggest to docs that you have babesia. Also transfer growth factor b-1 and Beta Strep. High CD 57 counts may be associated with Beta Strep. Heavy metals have a part in this and we are low in Secosteroid D or vitamin D and some are low in Potassium and others iron. Many are deficient in all amino acids. Our hormones are a mess and the whole HPA Hypothalmic pituitary axis is the problem. We can have problems with our adrenals and thyroid – we do not convert T4 to T3 and in my case I have high reverse T3 or rT3. We are quite low in testosterone as well. Check out every hormone in your body, amino acids and vitamins and minerals. There are over 100 viruses we can get from a tick and also many parasites. The labs that insurance covers can’t find a parasite when we can see it under the microscope. Quest at Nichols Institute in Valencia California can culture samples and might even be able to distinguish Brucella suis from melitensis or arbortus. We also need an MRI of our brain with and without contrast. Many lymes are showing up with pituitary adenomas and pheomchromocytomas. Make sure that you do not have these. I have spent years trying to figure out what is in us and so far this is what I have seen. Unfortunately when your physician may take years to order all the necessary tests. Make sure you get tested sooner rather than later. One more thing… you may get tested for Brucella today and 2 years from now may show up IgM positive. The immune system is overwhelmed with all these pathogens. This is unconscionable for MetLife to deny her disability and since my daughter has missed one full year of high school with this I am simply disgusted. This denial of a devastating problem has got to stop and we need for our useless government to get involved and protect its citizens.

Attorney Greg Dell:

Dolores,

Thank you for sharing your extremely helpful information about this terrible disease.

Sharon:

I have had ld since 1988… was diagnosed in 2000… I am having significant pain lately and even inflamation in my feet. The ortbo podi wrote a prescription but medicare is refusing to pay for it. I am on my feet most of the day, as a manager/cook… soon I will have to quit because of my feet hurting so bad… I NEED inserts for my shoes because of this medical condition… medicare is ONLY allowing them covered for diabetes or amputation… this is discrimination… I am white.

Attorney Victor Peña:

Sharon, I don’t see how this is discrimination based on the information you provided but you should contact an attorney familiar with the Medicare program if you feel you are being discriminated against.

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