Lyme Disease

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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Reviewed by Becky H. THOMAS on February 12th 2024   Verified Policyholder | February 2024 date of disability
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Reviewed by Anna on December 19th 2023   Verified Policyholder | November 2023 date of disability
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Unscrupulous Tactics

Reviewed by Misseekayy on December 19th 2023   Verified Policyholder | May 2023 date of disability
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Reviewed by Dennis T. on December 11th 2023   Verified Policyholder | March 2022 date of disability
My experience with Sedgwick and personell is as follows: Unhelpful, unprofessional and an overall unpleasant experience.
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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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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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