Pennsylvania has the highest incidence of Lyme disease in the U.S., and New Jersey is close behind. Nearly 7,000 new cases were diagnosed in those two states in 2011, according to the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Most people recover when the infection is treated early, but some victims are stricken with severe and lasting symptoms that affect their quality of life and ability to earn a living.
If you can no longer work because of the effects of Lyme disease, the Disability Benefits Law Center, P.C., offers effective support in seeking Social Security Disability. Our law firm serves people in the Philadelphia Metro and across southeastern Pennsylvania, as well as in the neighboring counties of Central and South Jersey. We have helped clients win disability benefits at every stage of the appeals process.
The Symptoms and Disabling Effects of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection contracted from deer ticks. The classic sign of a Lyme infection is a bulls-eye rash at the site of the bite, but this is not always the case. In the days or weeks after infection, most people also experience flu-like symptoms.
If the infection is not diagnosed or does not respond to antibiotics, the person can develop chronic and life-altering health effects, including:
- Muscle soreness, joint pain and arthritis
- Stiff neck (meningitis)
- Neurological damage (encephalitis)
- Bell's palsy (loss of tone in the facial muscles)
- Palpitations and other heart problems
- Severe headache, dizziness or vertigo
- Shooting pains, tingling or numbness
- Problems with walking or standing
- Memory loss or cognitive deficits
- Sleep disturbances
- Altered reality
The Social Security Administration does not recognize Lyme disease as a listed impairment. You must qualify under another impairment category, such as inflammatory disease, heart problems, musculoskeletal disorder or mental disorder. Our skilled attorneys are knowledgeable about the medical criteria and the additional factors that may help you obtain benefits, such as age (over 50) or medical-vocational guideline allowance. If your initial claim is denied, we will thoroughly prepare you for your disability hearing and help you explain to the judge how your Lyme-related symptoms prevent you from returning to your former job or performing other full-time work.
Free Consultation About Applying for SSD for Lyme Disease
We assist individuals with their application, providing a free, no-obligation review before submitting the claim. You will always work with an attorney rather than being passed off to a paralegal or non-attorney advocate.
Contact us online or call 267-622-4475 to arrange a free initial consultation with one of our attorneys.