Showing Frequency and Severity of Symptoms
People are often denied disability claims for Lyme Disease because they fail to convince the insurance company that their symptoms are severe or frequent enough to prevent them from working. Because they can vary in frequency and severity, it is vital to show an accurate representation of your debilitating symptoms. Some people experience days with severe symptoms, and others no symptoms at all. Because of this, it is important to have proper personal and medical documentation of your symptoms.
Be sure to communicate any symptoms you are experiencing with your doctor, each time you meet. This provides strong documentation of symptoms in your medical records. Doctors may also be able to submit specialized questionnaires or notes detailing your debilitating symptoms and diagnosis.
For some individuals, we recommend keeping a daily diary of your symptoms each day. Having a well-documented personal list may be important to building your case. Along the same vein, reports from your place of work noting your symptoms and limitations while working can corroborate your daily reporting.
Proving your Disabling Symptoms
Proper documentation of symptoms is important, but it may not be enough for your insurance company. Compiling solid evidence for how your symptoms debilitate you in your daily life, and how they affect your job performance can be essential. There are a few ways you can develop a stronger case in this way.
Firstly, your job should provide an accurate statement of all of your job responsibilities and requirements. Next, you should obtain past job performance reviews, which will likely show degradation in job performance since your diagnosis. Lastly, consider obtaining a vocational expert assessment. This is an assessment done by a professional in your field that can review your job description and performance before going over your medical records. This allows them to create a detailed report which will show how your condition limits your ability to work.
Two additional tests that may be recommended to you by your attorney are the Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and Neuropsychological Testing. These two tests evaluate your overall ability to perform work tasks. The FCE measures your ability to perform physical tasks. The Neuropsychological evaluation measures your capacity for mental/cognitive strain. Both offer objective medical evidence that can be helpful for your case.
If you experience heart-related symptoms as a result of your Lyme disease, it may be a good idea to take a Cardiopulmonary Exercise Test (CPET). A CPET test is a special stress test that works to measure your ability to move and physically exert yourself while measuring your heart rate.
All three of these assessments have validity testing parameters. These ensure that you are putting in your maximum effort. These parameters prevent people from underperforming, as that would render the test invalid.