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Can I Receive ALS Disability Benefits?
  • Published: February 14, 2019

ALS is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that affects the body's nervous system. It attacks the nerve cells that control your body's voluntary muscles. Even though the disease is debilitating and there is no cure, insurance companies still require adequate documentation to support your disability claim. Because many symptoms are subjective, you'll have to demonstrate how you are disabled due to Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). If you have been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, speak to a long-term disability lawyer at CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC to find out whether you qualify for ALS disability benefits. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of ALS? The early symptoms of ALS and its rate of progression are different for everyone. Symptoms may begin in the arms, hands, or legs and spread to other…Read More

What to Expect at Your Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
  • Published: February 11, 2019

A functional capacity evaluation is an objective way to provide information about your disability to your insurance provider or physician. It may help you with your disability benefits claim because the evaluation measures your physical abilities and limitations. The FCE is not appropriate for visual or hearing injuries or cognitive issues. It's a series of tests that measure your range of motion, motor skills, balance, muscle weakness, difficulty maneuvering, and pain levels. An Ocala FL long-term disability attorney can advise you as to what to expect at an FCE and how it could impact your claim. Contact CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC today to learn more. What Happens During the Evaluation? A medical professional, such as an occupational therapist or a physician specializing in rehabilitation or occupational…Read More

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: Proving CRPS Disability
  • Published: February 7, 2019

Because many symptoms of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome are subjective, proving disability can be quite difficult. In order to increase the likelihood of receiving an approval for long term disability benefits, it's important to know how to substantiate your CRPS disability claim. An Ocala FL LTD attorney at CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC can help you ensure that you have the documentation necessary for your claim. Contact us today to learn more. What Is CRPS? CRPS is a chronic disease affecting the sympathetic nervous system — the part of your nervous system that controls your fight-or-flight response. The disease affects more women than men and can cause such debilitating pain it can interfere with your quality of life, ability to work, and your mental health. Documenting the Symptoms…Read More

Do You Qualify for Parkinson’s Disease Disability Benefits?
  • Published: February 4, 2019

Insurance companies need more than a simple diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in order to determine whether you are eligible for long-term disability benefits. Since Parkinson's disease is different for everyone, insurance companies will assess your particular level of disability, motor coordination, cognitive and/or mental functioning, and level of fatigue when reviewing your case. To learn more about applying for Parkinson's disease disability benefits, contact CJ Henry Law Firm, PLLC today. How Does Your Motor Functioning Affect Your Case? You must submit a complete application and medical records for review. The insurance company will be looking at how Parkinson's impacts your motor functioning and your ability to perform work. The following are a few of the motor skill functions they will assess: Difficulty…Read More

Does Short-Term Disability Cover Pre-Existing Conditions?
  • Published: January 24, 2019

Does short-term disability cover pre-existing conditions? The answer depends on a variety of factors, including the type of condition, length of time you've had the condition and its prognosis. Disability insurance coverage is different than health insurance when it comes to pre-existing conditions. The purpose of disability insurance, whether long or short-term, is to protect your income when you're sick or injured. You'll pay a premium, either monthly or yearly, for coverage. The amount you pay depends on your general health and lifestyle, your age, the amount of insurance coverage you want, and the duration of the coverage. What Is a Pre-Existing Condition? In the insurance business, a pre-existing condition is any medical issue, illness, injury, or chronic condition, which…Read More

Can You Get Irritable Bowel Syndrome Disability Benefits?
  • Published: January 22, 2019

If you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), you know the importance of access to irritable bowel syndrome disability benefits. IBS is a gastrointestinal disorder that affects the large intestine and interferes with the digestive system. Up to 50% of visits to a gastroenterologist are related to IBS. While the disease is more prevalent in women than men, the types of debilitating symptoms are the same for everyone. What Are Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Symptoms of IBS include severe abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and constipation. Sufferers may also experience anxiety and stress related to managing the disease. Other systems in your body can be affected by IBS, including: urination, fatigue, headaches, joint or muscle aches, and even halitosis. Unfortunately, there is no cure for irritable bowel syndrome.…Read More

What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease Long-Term Disability Benefits
  • Published: January 16, 2019

You may think it's just another bug bite, but tick bites can be dangerous. Tick-born Lyme disease can manifest in a variety of physical and mental symptoms, which may vary from relatively mild to disabling. Unfortunately, many cases of the disease go undiagnosed because the symptoms can mimic other illnesses. Learn more about Lyme disease long-term disability benefits below. Symptoms of Lyme Disease Symptoms of Lyme disease are unpredictable and can be physical, mental, or a combination of the two. Physical symptoms include fatigue, joint swelling, fever, widespread pain, and weakness. Mental symptoms include difficulty concentrating, memory loss, panic attacks, anxiety, and even delusions. Not everyone will have mental symptoms, but like physical symptoms, they can vary from barely perceptible to debilitating. Symptoms of Lyme disease treated with antibiotics usually resolve themselves. If…Read More

Obtaining Disability Benefits for Cancer Treatment
  • Published: January 14, 2019

Workers diagnosed with cancer usually have access to long-term disability benefits for cancer treatment through their employers, but a diagnosis of cancer does not guarantee your claim for benefits will be granted. Long-term disability policies vary. And the type of cancer, its severity, and treatment options are all a consideration during the benefits approval process. For example, individuals with early-stage cancer may not qualify for long-term disability benefits. But they may be eligible for short-term disability benefits. Your Chance of Getting Benefits May Depend on the Stage of Cancer Cancer is categorized in stages. Stages refer to the size of the cancerous tumor and how widespread the disease is in the body. Stage 1 cancer is defined as an abnormal…Read More

Applying for Multiple Sclerosis Disability Benefits
  • Published: January 10, 2019

The lasting effects of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) call for a strong support network. And multiple sclerosis disability benefits should be part of your network. Advances in the study and treatment of MS are causes for hope in the future. In the meantime, resources are available to help you create your own brighter future. MS is a chronic autoimmune disease that effects almost a million Americans. The disease attacks the central nervous system impairing the ability of signals to get from the brain to other parts of the body. In addition to the nervous system, MS also affects the brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. While MS affects individuals of all ages, the majority of people are diagnosed with MS between…Read More

Do I Qualify for Long-Term Disability for Diabetes?
  • Published: January 8, 2019

Nearly one-third of Americans have diabetes or prediabetes and about 1.5 million new cases are diagnosed each year in individuals of all ages. When you consider the loss of productivity, the cost of medicine and medical treatment, and loss of income, the cost of diabetes is high. Unfortunately, some insurance providers don't make it easy for doctors or patients to manage diabetes and prevent serious illness. Learn more about qualifying for long-term disability for diabetes below. Understanding the Different Types of Diabetes In general terms, diabetes is a disorder affecting the way your body processes and uses sugar. Insulin is produced by your pancreas and its job is to process sugar from the food you eat and convert it to the energy. When…Read More

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