The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information that helps control balance and eye movements. If the vestibular system is damaged, which happens as a result of disease, injury or aging, a person has trouble with balance and may experience chronic vertigo and dizziness, nausea, vomiting, changes in their ability to hear, difficult concentrating and physical and mental fatigue that is out of proportion to their level of mental or physical activity.
People who are accustomed at a high level of functioning, processing complex or large amounts of data to make critical decisions, find themselves unable to work. The loss of self-reliance, self-confidence and self-esteem that comes when these executive thought processes are sharply curtailed is itself a disability, but you have to be very careful with a vestibular dysfunction disability so that the disability insurance company does not try to categorize this disability as a mental/nervous condition. This is a common occurrence, because most disability insurance policies have a 24-month time limit on benefits.
If you are not able to work because of vestibular dysfunction and are considering filing for short term disability benefits, be aware that in many instances, a short-term claim has to be approved and exhausted before moving to a long-term disability claim. Frankel and Newfield disability attorneys have worked with many people who suffer from vestibular dysfunction. We know how the disability insurance companies treat this diagnosis, how they attempt to prove that a case is severe enough or permanent enough to be considered for a disability claim. We encourage you to call our office today and speak with us about your disability.
Whether you have not yet filed a claim or if your claim has been denied, we can help. Call Jason Newfield or Justin Frankel at 1-877-LTD-CLAIM (1-877-583-2524) or click here to send an email for a free consultation.
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