Patients with Meniere’s disease may be unable to work because of their disease and its related complications. Patients who find themselves unable to work because of their Meniere’s disease 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 Meniere’s Disease?
Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that affects an individual’s balance and hearing.
The inner ear is comprised of semicircular canals, or labyrinths, which are fluid-filled tubes. These canals (as well as a nerve in your skull) help interpret your body’s position and maintain your balance.
The endolymphatic sac helps filter and remove fluid in the semicircular canals. Meniere’s disease occurs when the endolymphatic sac becomes swollen.
The precise cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown. However, in some cases, it may be caused by:
- Head injury;
- Middle ear infection; or
Other risk factors include:
- Alcohol use;
- Recent viral illness;
- Respiratory infection;
- Use of certain medications, including aspirin; and
Between fifty thousand and one hundred thousand patients develop Meniere’s disease each year. Some of these individuals receive long-term disability benefits because their symptoms are so severe as to cause them to be unable to work on a full-time continuous basis.
Working with an experienced disability attorney will give you the best chance of getting the benefits you deserve for your Meniere’s disease. 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 Meniere’s disease and its impact on your ability to work, call us at (888) 321-8131. We would be happy to evaluate your case and discuss how to help you through the appeal process.