Parkinson’s Disease and Long-Term Disability Claims

Parkinson’s Disease and Long-Term Disability Claims

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a progressive neurological condition that results in an increasing loss of movement and coordination. Some of the more common symptoms of PD include uncontrollable tremors, rigidity of the body, difficulty walking, and dystonia, which are painful involuntary muscle contractions. There is no cure for this disease, although therapies exist to manage the symptoms.

One of the challenges in seeking long-term disability (LTD) benefits for individuals with PD is that the symptoms may vary, and the disease may progress differently in each applicant. Depending on the type of career that you have, the point at which you can no longer perform the necessary tasks to do your job will vary. For instance, someone who traditionally engages in manual labor may become unable to work more quickly than someone who works in an office all day.

In addition to physical symptoms, however, many individuals experience some cognitive declines, as well. PD symptoms may make it more challenging for you to concentrate, multi-task, or remember everything needed for your job. When physical symptoms are not as apparent, however, it may be more challenging to establish total disability at some stages of the disease’s progression.

Furthermore, if the disease has progressed slowly, individuals may have been able to retain their jobs for years by just dealing with the symptoms. As a result, some insurance companies will assume that if you have worked in the same position for several years following your PD diagnosis, then you likely still can handle the demands of your job.

Fortunately, various tools exist that can assess your physical and mental capabilities. Vocational experts may be able to analyze your ability to perform specific tasks required by your job. Medical records can support the progressive worsening of symptoms and the need for increased medications and medical equipment over time.

We know that you are facing disability-related legal issues that can be crucial to your future. As a result, the attorneys at Bonnici Law Group have the skills and knowledge to advise you of all potential options. We know how vital this support can be to you when you are unable to work. As a result, we are here to represent your interests throughout any dealings that you must have with your insurance company. For legal advice about your claim, please contact Bonnici Law Group at 619-259-5199 or help@bonnicilawgroup.com.

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