Lyme Disease Social Security Disability Claims

March 16,2010
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The sight of a tick is enough to make some people’s blood crawl. And with good reason. These clingy, spider-like creatures are not only hard to get rid of once they attach themselves, but they also serve as vectors of a number of serious diseases, including Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread by blacklegged ticks, some of which are so small that they are nearly impossible to notice. While early symptoms are similar to the flu, Lyme disease can have serious, lasting effects on an individual as it spreads through the body, including muscle weakness (and possible facial muscle paralysis, or Bell’s palsy), fatigue, arthritis, speech problems and heart palpitations. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 10 to 20 percent of patients with Lyme disease have symptoms that last months to years after treatment with antibiotics

Hermann Law Group, PLLC is a full service disability law firm representing clients who suffer from Lyme disease, as well as other physical and mental impairments in Social Security Disability claims. Contact our firm toll free at 877-773-3030 or visit our website for a consultation at no cost to you.

A person who contracts Lyme disease and is unable to work for a year or more as a result is generally eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. In order to obtain benefits, the person must file a claim with the Social Security Administration (SSA), starting what is unfortunately often a long and complicated process.

With more than 50 years of experience representing clients – including those with Lyme disease – in Social Security Disability claims, the lawyers at Hermann Law Group understand the debilitating effects that that the disease can have on a person’s day-to-day life, let alone his or her ability to work. We have successfully represented clients suffering from Lyme disease, and we understand the types of evidence necessary to prove a claim for someone who has the disease.

Indeed, medical and other evidence is the key to proving a Social Security disability claim. At Hermann Law Group, we know not only what evidence is needed to substantiate a claim, but also how to get it. We will obtain any necessary medical records and ask your doctors to complete forms concerning the specific issues that must be resolved in a claim based on Lyme disease. In the event that those records and forms are unclear, we may also ask your doctor for a more detailed explanation of your problems.

We are not only knowledgeable about Social Security Disability claims, we are also skilled litigators. The SSA initially denies a majority of claims filed, including many with merit. A claimant should not be discouraged, however, because the next step in the process – an administrative hearing – is often the best shot at proving a claim. We represent clients in these hearings, presenting evidence, arguing before a judge and questioning witnesses, and in federal appeals, if necessary.

We proudly maintain a success rate of over 90% for all decisions received over the past twelve months. We are so confident in our abilities that in Social Security Disability cases, we will not charge you a fee unless we win your case.