Collecting Lyme Disability Benefits Is A Reality

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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Unum Closed My Case Today

Reviewed by Scott C. on July 5th 2024   Verified Policyholder | March 2023 date of disability
Unum will keep you around, if they pay you 100 a month. But as soon as have to pay more than 2700 a month, they will drop you. We will be going to the attorneys office fir... read more >
Hartford

Ran me Around for Months

Reviewed by David on July 5th 2024   Verified Policyholder | January 2024 date of disability
Scammers. Immoral horrible people.
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Sent on July 5th 2024 by Attorney Gregory Dell

David:

It’s horrible that Hartford did that to you.

Prudential

Denied but Not Denied but I am Denied

Reviewed by KDDK on July 5th 2024   Verified Policyholder | August 2022 date of disability
I went out in Aug. 2022 for neck pain. After seeing a neurologist I had to get an ACDF C5-7, it was also determined I had carpal tunnel in my right hand and bulging disk i... read more >
New York Life

Claiming They Are Not Receiving Paperwork

Reviewed by Macey on June 26th 2024   Verified Policyholder | February 2024 date of disability
After suffering from medical issues from my delivery in February, I had to have a colostomy bag placed. Now New York Life is trying to claim my condition was pre-existing ... read more >
Hartford

Truly Horrible and Immoral Company with No Customer Service

Reviewed by William M. on June 26th 2024   Verified Policyholder | June 2020 date of disability
My experiences with Hartford have been nothing short of cruel. They started off by claiming that having Glioblastoma, which has an expected life span of about fifteen mont... read more >
Hartford

Sent my Direct Deposit to a Strangers Bank Acct

Reviewed by Brad on May 2nd 2024   Verified Policyholder | February 2024 date of disability
I went on short term disability and The Hartford put my direct deposit into someone else’s bank account. Somehow they messed up a number or two and they are refusing to ... read more >
Sedgwick

AT&T Was Great and Sedgwick Horrible

Reviewed by From a great job to a complete nightmare on March 20th 2024   Verified Policyholder | March 2024 date of disability
My Physician recommended that I take some time from a toxic environment after several deaths in my family coupled with AT&T trying to run tenured employees out of the door... read more >
Reliance Standard

Reliance Standard is attempting to doctor shop and send me to an unqualified specialist.

Reviewed by Steve on January 20th 2016   Verified Policyholder
I was bitten by a black legged tick (ixodes pacificus) while working on the job at the Nevada Test Site in 2004. Only after I tested positive for Lyme disease and 2 co-inf... read more >
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Sent on January 20th 2016 by Attorney Stephen Jessup

Steve, as it appears that your claim is for Worker’s Compensation and not for benefits under a disability insurance policy, you will need to consult with an attorney ... read more >

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