Patients with lymphedema may be unable to work because of their disease and its related complications. Patients who find themselves unable to work because of their lymphedema may qualify for long term disability (LTD) benefits. The insurance company will review their claim to see if they qualify under the conditions of that plan.
What is Lymphatic Obstruction?
Lymphatic obstruction occurs when the lymph vessels that drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed are blocked. Such obstruction may cause lymphedema, which is swelling due to a blockage of the lymph passages.
The most common cause of lymphatic obstruction is the removal or enlargement of the lymph nodes.
Other causes of lymphatic obstruction include:
- Infections with parasites such as filariasis;
- Radiation therapy;
- Skin infections such as cellulitis (more common in obese patients);
- Surgery; and
Here in the United States, one of the most common causes of lymphedema is the removal of the breast (mastectomy) and underarm lymph tissue for breast cancer. This causes lymphedema of the arm in 10 – 15% of patients because the lymphatic drainage of the arm passes through the armpit (axilla).
Lymphatic Obstruction and Long Term Disability
Working with an experienced disability attorney will give you the best chance of getting the benefits you deserve for your lymphedema. Even if you have been denied benefits, that does not mean your fight is over. Many people are denied benefits the first time they apply. You have the right to file an appeal and try to get more information that may help your case. Getting expert help is often the difference between being denied and being approved for benefits.
While the process can be daunting, your experienced disability attorney will be able to guide you through the process. They do not get paid until you win your case. You can seek help without worrying about upfront costs or unexpected bills.
The Ortiz Law Firm has successfully represented people in disability cases across the United States. If you would like to talk to an experienced disability lawyer about your lymphatic obstruction and its impact on your ability to work, call us at (888) 321-8131. We would be happy to evaluate your case and to discuss how to help you through the appeal process.