Success With Disability Claims for Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease


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:

Lyme disease is a common condition that causes fever, headaches, fatigue, and other symptoms after being bit by a tick carrying the disease.
While Lyme disease is treatable, some individuals go on to develop neurological problems and inflammation.
If cognitive and neurological complications are severe, an individual may be unable to complete job-related duties.

Success With Benefits Claims for Individuals With Lyme Disease

Bartolic Law has helped clients suffering from Lyme disease succeed with their long-term disability claims. Insurers are often hostile towards claims based on Lyme disease, especially when treated for longer than 30 days. In one client’s case, we demonstrated that health and disability insurers lobby to set the treatment standards for Lyme disease, which produce false-negative tests approximately two-thirds of the time. They then use those same standards to deny long-term disability claims. We demonstrated that many states have passed legislation addressing this position on treating Lyme disease, and the high rate of false-negative diagnoses. Despite terminating our client’s claim, we were ultimately able to get the client paid.

Many states have enacted legislation addressing overly narrow diagnostic and treatment criteria for Lyme disease and state medical boards disciplining doctors for their treatment of Lyme disease. Illinois enacted legislation acknowledging that the CDC reports approximately 30,000 Lyme disease cases per year, but the actual number is as high as 300,000 per year. The State of Connecticut Attorney General’s Office conducted an investigation and concluded that the Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines for diagnosing and treating Lyme disease were influenced by a financial conflict of interest, and studies demonstrated those guidelines were inaccurate and unreliable.

Lyme disease is an infection caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium. In some cases, this condition is curable within two to four weeks using oral antibiotics. However, some patients may suffer the symptoms of Lyme disease for months, even after completing their treatment. Such prolonged cases are called Post-Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS). At times, the term “chronic Lyme disease” (CLD) is also used to describe the condition. This disease has different symptoms, some of which include fever, erythema migrans (a form of skin rash), headaches, insomnia, irritability, and fatigue. Failure to treat the illness on time or entirely might cause long-term complications.

For instance, it might spread to other vital body parts like the nervous system, heart, and joints. When this condition reaches complicated levels, a patient might suffer severe symptoms like challenges with short-term memory and other thinking capabilities. Around 50% of all patients suffer some kind of arthritis, and others develop depression, facial palsy and neuropathy, and an abnormal heartbeat. Many patients may lose their ability to concentrate on and effectively perform their regular daily duties with such complications. For example, memory lapses can negatively impair one’s ability to retain their job, leading to job loss and the need for disability benefits.


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Consult a Chicago Disability Insurance Attorney Today

Although Lyme disease has many health and financial consequences, there are options for support. You can consult with Bartolic Law if your condition interferes with your ability to earn a living.

Our legal team has handled many such cases and can help you determine if you qualify for disability insurance benefits. Contact us today.

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