The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
Long-term disability claims can involve claims for many different types of conditions such as neurological conditions, progressive illnesses, psychological illness and inflammatory conditions including fibromyalgia, myofascial pain and arthritis.
We recently blogged about the different types of arthritis. This post will discuss how arthritis impacts a person’s ability to manage daily activities due to common arthritic symptoms of joint pain and swelling.
According to the Arthritis Society, more than 59% of Canadians with arthritis report activity limitations, which is twice as likely to occur compared to those with other conditions of a chronic nature and more than 7 times as likely as people who do not have any chronic illness.
According to information provided by the Arthritis Society, arthritis has a profound impact on Canadians, and has devastating and debilitating effects on more than 4.6 million Canadians.
What are the challenges that arthritis brings?
Arthritis symptoms are joint pain, stiffness and swelling which can result in significant disability and poor quality of life, according to the Arthritis Society. This is substantiated by the fact that arthritis, between healthcare costs and costs from lost productivity, has an economic impact of $33 billion yearly.
Additionally, a person with arthritis is up to 1.5 times more likely to be hospitalized, require multiple primary care visits, visit a specialist or require physiotherapy or rehabilitation compared to an individual with another chronic condition and this number changes to 2-3 times more likely if a comparison is being made to a person without chronic illness.
Arthritis can also significantly impact a person’s ability to perform their household activities.
According to the Arthritis Society’s Fact Sheet, arthritis affects employed persons in the following ways:
Arthritis is episodic in nature and can make full/productive engagement in work difficult.
Over 25% of Canadians aged 20-54 years old with arthritis are not in the labour force.
A person with arthritis is 3 times more likely to be permanently unable to work than a person with other chronic conditions and 10 times compared to a person without chronic illness.
1 in 3 Canadians with arthritis stopped working or retired early due to arthritis.
In 30 years, every 60 seconds, there will be a new diagnosis of osteoarthritis in Canada, resulting in close to 30% of the employed work force.
Long-term disability claims can involve claims for both physical and mental illnesses. Sometimes the claim is not mutually exclusive and involves a claim for both a physical and mental illness. For example, someone with arthritis is 33% more likely to have poor mental health or suffer from a mood and anxiety disorder including depression compared to a person with other chronic conditions, and 3 times more likely to have mental health issues compared to a person without chronic illness.
If you have had to stop working as a result of a chronic condition and have applied for long-term disability benefits and your benefits have been denied, at any stage of your claim, contact the lawyers at Aaron Waxman and Associates for a free legal consultation. It is important that you become aware of your rights and your options as soon as possible.
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