Chiari malformation is a condition where brain tissue extends into the spinal canal. There are three types of Chiari malformation, depending on the amount and location of the brain tissue that is present in the spinal canal and whether there are other abnormalities of the brain or spinal cord.
Chiari malformation symptoms in adults are usually not present until sudden coughing, sneezing or straining occurs. Neck pain, unsteady walking, poor fine motor skills in the hands, numbness in the hands or feet, numbness, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, vision or speech problems are among some of the more common symptoms.
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The Mayo Clinic has information about different types of Chiari malformation and treatments. The Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation is a national organization that focuses on research and patient care.
Frankel & Newfield has represented disability claimants who suffer from Chiari malformation and we understand the challenges that this condition presents for the claimant and how the long-term disability insurance companies seek to deny coverage.
Justin Frankel is a founding partner of the disability insurance law firm Frankel & Newfield and is a highly skilled litigator and advocate. He has published numerous articles on the challenges facing clients with private or individual disability insurance policies and those who own group or ERISA disability insurance policies.
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