Success With Disability Claims for Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

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Bartolic Law handles Long Term Disability cases at all stages, from filing a claim to lawsuits under ERISA § 502(a). We are who the most discerning clients hire when an insurer denies their claim, and the one they wish they had when another firm loses their appeal and abandons the case. We are Innovative, Authentic, Compassionate, Transparent and Chicago strong. Bartolic Law is nationally renowned for our Innovative work:

An Early Onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis is never easy, as this disease leads to severe memory loss and issues functioning as the disease progresses.
Individuals who have Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease have a higher correlation with experiencing seizures, which can be mistakenly believed to be epilepsy.
Many individuals who are diagnosed realize they will not be able to continue working for long, making disability benefits essential.

Success with Long-Term Disability Claims Involving Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease

Bartolic Law has multiple clients who experienced Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease get long-term disability benefits paid. While we wish nobody suffered from this disease, we are proud to have helped the clients and families enduring this struggle. In one client’s case, the client’s symptoms began to manifest after several seizures, which delayed the diagnosis of Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. The insurer helped the client obtain Social Security Disability benefits due to the Alzheimer’s Disease, but subsequently contended the disability was caused by depression, applying a 24-month limitation on benefits.

We provided the insurer with literature on the diagnostic protocol for Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, and documented the few methods available to distinguish cognitive limitations caused by Alzheimer’s from those caused by depression. We also used video statements from the client and the client’s family members detailing their observations. In the end, we were able to turn the denial into payment for our client, helping the whole family move forward. In another case, a client became unable to work in retail management for unexplained causes of cognitive decline. We were able to persuade the insurer to approve the claim, despite an unknown cause of disability, which gave our client and the client’s family time to focus on working with doctors to arrive at the correct diagnosis.

Most people do not expect to receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease before they are even retired, but early-onset Alzheimer’s can be diagnosed prior to age 65, and it can even happen when someone is still in their 30s, 40s, or 50s. This is a unique position to be in, and you can expect the diagnosis to change your life in many ways. Some signs of possible early-onset Alzheimer’s disease include memory problems, difficulty finding words, impaired judgment or reasoning, spatial or vision problems, and similar cognitive impairments. Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis involves a history of onset from the patient and relatives, imaging to rule out other causes, neuropsychological testing of cognitive functioning, and where appropriate, QEEGs to help distinguish Alzheimer’s Disease impairments from depression.

Diagnostic accuracy rates can be as high as 93% for clinicians utilizing all the available tools. It can be difficult to navigate your usual life, especially your job. Many households with early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnoses suffer significant income loss, as you might not be able to work for much longer once you realize what is happening. In addition, as the disease progresses, you might need extra help at home, which can add more expenses for your household. If you are working and diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, it is critical to learn about the benefits you should qualify for.


If you’re struggling to get the benefits you need to get by, then we’ll fight to obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact us today to learn more!

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Bartolic Law helps individuals who are left reeling from a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease while they are still of working age. Maximizing your disability benefits is important to support your household and yourself through this difficult time, so you can focus on managing your symptoms and receiving the care and assistance you need.

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