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Lyme disease, a potentially disabling illness, is increasing

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To many people, Lyme disease is an illness that gets better with antibiotics. But for others, the illness is much more than that. Lyme disease is sometimes missed in its early stages, and sometimes patients do not make a full recovery even with antibiotics. In some cases, Lyme disease can result in chronic, debilitating symptoms that leave people unable to work.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 10 to 20 percent of cases in which people are treated for Lyme disease with antibiotics result in chronic symptoms. For Minnesotans, the threat of Lyme disease is real. The state ranks in the top 10 for Lyme disease cases, and health officials say 2014 could see record numbers of deer ticks, which spread the disease.

Lyme disease can result in debilitating pain, headaches, fatigue and even arthritis. In some cases, it can prevent the person from being able to work. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or other disability benefits may be available, but it can be challenging to obtain Social Security Disability benefits for Lyme disease.

The disease is not listed on the Social Security Administration’s list of qualifying impairments, which contain medical conditions so severe that Social Security will automatically consider you disabled. That means that you must prove that your illness is equal to a condition on the list, or that it prevents you from doing any kind of work. An experienced attorney can explain more about the qualification criteria for Social Security and represent you during the application and appeals process.

Source: For more information, see our recent article about Lyme disease and disability benefits.

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