Long-Term Disability Benefits for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Nearly every job in Ontario requires the use of your arms and/or legs. When an injury occurs to your extremities, the obvious damage may heal, but another disabling condition may arise. Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a neurological disorder that causes chronic pain in a previously injured arm, leg, hand or foot.
CRPS and Its Effect on Your Ability to Work
The major symptom of CRPS is chronic pain that may be constant and severe. The type of pain associated with this syndrome can vary from “pins and needles” to squeezing/pressure pain and may radiate throughout the entire limb, even if only a single digit was previously injured.
The pain of CRPS alone can decrease your ability to work and perform your job safely. Because of its effects on major limbs, it often excludes you from doing any other type of work for which you may be qualified. When this is the case, your long-term disability insurance should accept your claim for benefits.
Along with chronic pain, other symptoms might include skin texture changes, abnormal sweating, joint stiffness and abnormal movement of the limb.
Documentation and Treatment are the Keys to Disability Benefits
Many cases of CRPS begin with the instance of a traumatic injury to the affected limb. From the onset of injury, you should begin documenting your symptoms and noting the effects they have on your work. When the pain and other disorders fail to subside after treatment, your doctor may perform other tests to verify your condition.
Once you have a CRPS diagnosis, you must show that even with proper treatment, the pain and other disabling conditions continue to persist and impair your work ability. Your employer may be able to help verify your claim with explanations of changes in your work performance or attendance due to your health.
Your doctor will be a very valuable source of information about your condition and the limitations it places on your ambulatory ability. Aside from the physical impairments from the syndrome itself, many of the medications used to ease the symptoms can have adverse, disabling side effects of their own. Many of the pain and steroid medications used in treatment of CRPS can result in drowsiness or cognitive disruption, which may place workers in danger if their jobs require use of heavy machinery or in fast-paced environments such as driving.
Get the Long-Term Disability Benefits You Deserve
When you’ve paid your insurance premiums and have the proper long-term disability coverage, you should be able to activate your benefits when a disabling condition such as CRPS makes it impossible to work. Preszler Law Firm helps residents of Ontario fight for their rightful disability benefits when insurance companies deny their claims.
Call our office today at 1-800-JUSTICE® to schedule a free consultation. We are happy to review your options with you and answer all of your questions regarding your right to long-term disability benefits for CRPS. And remember, there is a never a fee unless we recover money for you.