Patients with autism may be unable to work because of their disease and its related complications. Patients who find themselves unable to work because of their autism 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 Autism?
Autism is one of three major neurodevelopmental disorders, along with Asperger’s syndrome, which involves social and speech development, and pervasive developmental disorder, which is the diagnosis for anyone not fully meeting the criteria for autism or Asperger’s. Autism is characterized by poor development of communication and by behavior that is restricted and repetitive.
Autism is usually apparent during a child’s first or second year. It is common for an autistic baby to have trouble babbling by the usual first 12 months or saying words by the usual 16 months. These toddlers may also have difficulty with pretend play, hand gestures, or any nonverbal communication. Regressive autism is when a child appears normal until age 1 or 2 before losing language and social skills already learned.
Autistic adults have symptoms that can be either very mild or severe to the point of being debilitating. Those with autism are usually extremely attached to specific objects, get unnaturally distressed at any change in normal routine, have difficulty starting or maintaining conversations, have heightened or abnormally low senses, prefer to spend time alone, use repetitive body movements and throw aggressive tantrums when agitated.
Though many autistic adults lead typical lives, others are incapable of upholding their desired routines without the assistance of family or others. The individual symptoms of autism may include the widely known effects listed above, but can also include unique quirks of the person with the disorder. However, in general, diagnosis is made based on signs of repetitive behavior, restricted interests, and communication impairment.
Qualifying for Long Term Disability
Working with an experienced disability attorney will give you the best chance of getting the benefits you deserve for your autism. 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. Call Mr. Ortiz at (888) 321-8131 for a free case evaluation and information on how you or a loved one with autism may be eligible for long term disability.