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Obtaining Long-term Disability Benefits for Dysautonomia

Dysautonomia includes disorders of the nervous system which affect organ operations and automated bodily functions, such as body temperature, heart rate, digestion, blood pressure, and more. Because Dysautonomia affects a wide variety of body systems, the symptoms differ among patients, making it hard for doctors to diagnose. Although some forms of dysautonomic disorders are manageable, others can be disabling leaving patients unable to work.

A severe dysautonomic disorder is Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (“POTS”). POTS causes the Autonomic Nervous System to malfunction resulting in heart palpitations, chest pain, fainting, sleep abnormalities, chronic headaches, difficulty thinking and more. Based on the combinations and severity of symptoms, it can be almost impossible for an individual with a dysautonomic disorder, such as POTS, to maintain employment. Unfortunately, insurers often misunderstand the severity of Dysautonomia, causing long term disability claims to be denied.  Because the symptoms are invisible, many dysautonomic disorders, such as POTS, are often miscategorized as mental illnesses.

While it can be a challenging case, you may be eligible for long term disability benefits if you are experiencing the debilitating symptoms from a dysautonomic disorder. In preparing our Connecticut and Westchester County disability benefit appeals, the attorneys at ZNC coordinate with your physician, family, employer, and friends to substantiate your symptoms and clearly demonstrate how your ability to work is impaired. The claims process can be daunting and confusing; let us help. If you are suffering from the symptoms of a dysautonomic disorder, please contact David Rintoul at drintoul@znclaw.com for a free consultation to discuss your disability claim.

This article was co-authored by legal intern, Alyssa Ferreone. Alyssa is not yet admitted to the practice of law.