Meniere’s disease is a disease of the inner ear that causes pressure or pain in the ear, severe dizziness or vertigo, hearing loss and a ringing or roaring noise that only you can hear, also known as tinnitus. The person suffering from Meniere’s disease has no way of knowing when their symptoms will start, or how long they will last. Often these attacks are followed by severe dizzy spells. Some people can have attacks every now and then, while others will have many attacks over a period of several days. The unpredictability of the symptoms is stressful to those suffering.
A technical description for Meniere’s disease is a “disturbance of labyrinthine-vestibular function.” That means that there has been a disturbance of the passages and cavities that are connected throughout the inner ear that are part of the vestibular system. This is the part of the inner ear that works with the brain to control balance and eye movement.
While most people associate Meniere’s disease with severe dizziness and vertigo, the condition is actually more disturbing. It leads to imbalance and spatial disorientation, vision disturbance, hearing changes, and cognitive or psychological changes. Vision changes can include a sensitivity to certain types of computer monitors or digital televisions, problems with fluorescent lighting in stores, and discomfort from busy visual environments, like crowds in public places.
It is next to impossible to concentrate when faced with Meniere’s disease and the associated symptoms. Patients never know when they are going to experience a spell, when they will need to sit down or hold on to a surface just to make it through an attack. Other symptoms can be stress-induced, often making working challenging. This kind of disorientation makes it difficult to concentrate, to work in visually busy environments, and to perform the normal tasks of living. Meniere’s disease can impair a person’s ability to perform the tasks of their job. The vertigo makes the workplace a dangerous place. People suffering from Meniere’s disease cannot do physical labor, and a simple task like getting up from a chair to cross the room may be a major challenge. Hearing loss makes using the telephone difficult or impossible.
The disability insurance attorneys at Frankel & Newfield have worked with many people facing the challenges of Meniere’s disease. They are familiar with the challenges of establishing a diagnosis and proving how the disease impacts the person’s ability to perform the duties and tasks of their occupation. The are also well-versed in the tactics used by insurance companies to delay or deny claims. And they are familiar with the challenges that people with Meniere’s face on a daily basis. If it’s difficult to go to an office job, taking on a multi-million insurance company and an avalanche of paperwork, the inability to hear a complete phone conversation from a third-party administrator and other tasks that go into fighting for a disability claim are overwhelming for the Meniere’s patient.
We invite you to call our office at 1-877-LTD-CLAIM (1-877-583-2524) or click here to send an email to schedule a free consultation. We have successfully represented many Meniere’s disease claimants in their battle against the disability insurance companies. Contact us to learn how we can help.
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