In Person: Diabetes, Stroke, and Denial of Long-Term Disability

In Person: Diabetes, Stroke, and Denial of Long-Term Disability

Cathy, 57, is an IT Project Manager in the medical field. She also has diabetes, is overweight, and insulin-dependent. About six months before the COVID-19 pandemic, Cathy had a stroke that affected her vision and the right side of her body. She was improving with physiotherapy, but after the pandemic, her workload increased dramatically and she was no longer able to keep up with her appointments. Due to guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID, there have been fewer staff members in the office available to work. In addition, many of her colleagues have gotten ill from COVID-19 and have missed work.

Cathy’s doctor suggested that she apply for long-term disability so she could spend more time in physiotherapy and improve the functionality of her right hand. He also suggested treatments that would help her vision problems, which have only gotten worse from long hours spent in front of a computer screen. 

However, the insurance company challenged Cathy’s claim that she should just adapt to her current role or look for a new job. Cathy was heartbroken because she has worked hard to achieve success in her field and she genuinely loves what she does for a living. She just needs time to recover from her stroke and improve her health, and she cannot do that working 40 hours a week plus overtime. 

Diabetes is often associated with an increased risk of ischemic stroke, caused by a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain. It reduces blood flow and oxygen to the brain and can lead to damage or death of brain cells. A stroke can cause movement problems, pain, numbness and problems with thinking, remembering, or speaking. It can also lead to depression. 

Diabetes patients who are stroke victims can take longer to recover, especially in cognitive functions, due to arteries being hardened or clogged with plaque. For people with diabetes, their risk of having a stroke is 1.5 times higher than those without diabetes. 

One of Cathy’s friends told her about the disability lawyers at Share Lawyers. Cathy contacted them and was able to speak with a long-term disability lawyer who decided to take on Cathy’s case. Cathy’s doctor agreed to provide a detailed stroke rehabilitation plan to improve her prognosis and get her back to work only when she was ready to do so. Although the most rapid recovery after a stroke takes place within the first few months, with the right treatment, many patients can continue to improve into the first or second year after the stroke. 

After meeting with Share Lawyers, Cathy felt relieved that she would not be forced to switch careers. She felt more at ease knowing that Share Lawyers would help her to receive the disability benefits she had worked for over the last two decades. The long term disability lawyers at Share Lawyers had the experience and empathy to help Cathy deal with the stress of being denied benefits. Cathy felt certain that with the help of Share Lawyers and her doctor, she could focus on getting better and not worrying about the financial burdens of being unemployed. 

If you have been denied your long-term disability benefits, contact a disability lawyer at Share Lawyers. We are here to help.

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