Diseases and disorders that cause disabilities consist of a large range of digestive, respiratory, and nervous system problems. Some of these conditions are caused by infections, genetics, injuries, and other factors. Each disorder can lead to different types of limitations and severity levels. Certain conditions may improve with treatments, whereas others may be incurable. If you find yourself diagnosed with any of these health conditions, try talking to a Pennsylvania disability lawyer about disability benefits.
The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves that run throughout the body. Any of these areas can be affected depending on the type of neurological condition a person has. Common examples include multiple sclerosis (MC), Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s, brain tumors, strokes, epilepsy, and trauma to the brain or spinal cord.
Certain conditions like MS or Alzheimer’s are terminal and involve a gradual nervous system degeneration until death. These are usually covered by disability insurance because one of the requirements of the Social Security Administration (SSA) involves disabilities that are expected to lead to an early death. However, other conditions like epilepsy that prevent people from being able to hold a steady job may also qualify for SSA benefits. Repeated seizures caused by epilepsy can prevent many people from driving safely to work.
Physical conditions like traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries vary in terms of impairment depending on the degree of damage. For example, incomplete spinal cord injuries do not cause as much impairment as complete spinal cord injuries and may allow some people to continue working. Moderate to severe TBIs can come with impairments in walking, memory, and fine motor skills.
Respiratory disorders affect a person’s ability to breathe and can be caused by conditions like cancer, infections, asthma, or sarcoidosis. Some of the most common lung infections include pneumonia and influenza. Lung cancer is a serious medical condition that can quickly spread and lead to death in certain cases. Even with treatment, battling lung cancer is often extremely difficult.
As for many serious lung disorders, many patients are left bedridden or dependent on a medical device to breathe. Long-term treatments are common and can be expensive without adequate health insurance.
Common digestive disorders are ulcers, appendicitis, hernias, liver cirrhosis, and Crohn’s disease. Many of these can lead to complications if left untreated. Others, like hernias, may not allow the person to perform strenuous activity for a certain period of time. This can make physically demanding jobs problematic.
Dealing with the abdominal pain of certain digestive diseases can make work stressful and jobs that require a lot of mental concentration close to impossible.
Consider hiring a Pennsylvania bad faith claims lawyer if you have been diagnosed with one of these medical conditions. You may be eligible for disability benefits that can cover lost income. Contact Edelstein & Nelson at 1-800-300-0909 for a consultation today. If you were denied disability benefits, we may be able to help you with the appeals process.