Not All Mobility Disabilities Can Be Seen

Not All Mobility Disabilities Can Be Seen

What do you think of when you think about a person with disabilities? Can you see their disability? What often comes to mind is someone with physical signs of disability – maybe a wheelchair, hearing device, visible limp, or cane.

What do you think of when a you think about a person with disabilities? Can you see their disability? What often comes to mind is someone with physical signs of disability - maybe a wheelchair, hearing device, visible limp, or cane.

According to the World Health Organization, over 15% of the world’s population identifies with having a hidden disability.

Mobile disabilities or impairments refers to the inability to use one or more of following: use of arms or legs, lack of strength to walk, grasp, or lift heavy objects. While these kinds of disabilities can be caused by a whole range of illnesses or injuries, the one unifying factor is the inability to freely move or have full use of the body.

Share Lawyers has compiled a list of conditions and illnesses that can cause mobility issues resulting in a person being unable to work.

Not All Mobility Disabilities Can Be Seen

Chronic Pain

Although some individuals may exhibit exterior signs of chronic pain, many – like those suffering from chronic back pain – can appear as though they have no affliction.

Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Sufferers of Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis often experience extreme abdominal pain that can make it hard to move.

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia affects the muscles and soft tissue of the body. It leads to chronic muscle pain, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful points or trigger points, and can affect a person’s ability to move.

Lupus

Any part of the body can be affected by Lupus, like the skin, joints, brain, lungs, kidneys, blood vessels, and internal organs. Joint pain and swelling can make it difficult for individuals to function.

Lyme Disease

Among other symptoms like rash fever, and chills, Lyme Disease can also cause muscle and joint aches and fatigue. If left untreated, Lyme Disease can also cause muscle, joint, tendon and bone aches, dizziness, mental confusion or inability to think clearly, and arthritis.

These are just some of the illnesses that can cause mobility disabilities for individuals. It’s important to remember that just because a person doesn’t use an assistive device doesn’t mean they do not have a disability.

We have represented numerous clients with mobility disabilities over the years. A major theme we tend to see – especially for clients who have invisible disabilities – is that they feel they can’t or shouldn’t fight the denial of the insurance company, even though they are too sick or incapable of working.

Has your long-term disability claim been denied? Contact Share Lawyers and put our experience to work for you. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. Find out if you have a disability case.

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