The lawyers at Aaron Waxman & Associates are experienced with Disability, Personal Injury and Employment claims.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) falls into the category of illnesses/conditions that are often described as “invisible illnesses” or “invisible disabilities” (think mental illnesses, fibromyalgia and chronic pain conditions). Diagnostic imaging and medical testing will not provide proof of or an explanation of some or all of your symptoms, which makes it difficult to prove to an insurance company why you are unable to work.
A person can develop PTSD after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Symptoms of PTSD can include flashbacks where the person relives the event, mood changes, difficulty concentrating or memory and sleep difficulties.
It is known that certain types of professions including police officers, soldiers, paramedics, and firefighters have higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder compared to other professions.
PTSD can affect a person’s ability to function in the workplace. For example, the symptoms may affect a person’s life so much that sleep is impaired, memory, focus and concentration are affected and interpersonal interactions are significantly compromised. Some people develop severe anxiety and are unable to leave their homes. Others become severely depressed and develop physical symptoms including headaches, gastrointestinal symptoms, musculoskeletal issues, neurological issues, and heart palpitations.
Mental illnesses like post-traumatic stress disorder are misunderstood by insurance companies because they are difficult to diagnose. If you have PTSD and are on medication, document how your treatment is going with your doctor, specialist or therapist, taking these steps are important for your claim.
If your long-term disability benefits have been denied, you can contact our law firm for a free initial consultation that can be arranged at a date and time that is convenient for you. We have helped clients who experience post-traumatic stress disorder and whose claims for long term disability benefits have been denied.
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