Sjogren’s Syndrome is an immune system disorder that’s marked by dry eyes and a dry mouth. The condition occurs when your body’s immune system responds by mistaking healthy body parts for invaders and attacks them. The mistaken attack usually affects body parts that secrete fluids, such as saliva and tears. This medical condition affects approximately 0.1 to 4 percent of Americans. Women account for 90 percent of its patients. Although most diagnoses occur after patients hit 40 years of age, the disease can affect persons of all ages. A patient may report varied symptoms like the inability to secrete eye moisture, saliva, and, later on, joint pain. Women may also suffer vaginal dryness.
Other signs include decayed teeth, tooth loss, mouth dryness, dry cough, chewing and swallowing difficulties, speaking challenges and salivary gland inflammation. This condition can have severe effects unless a patient undergoes timely treatment. Early therapy often lets a patient manage its symptoms well. Otherwise, it could cause severe complications that damage affected body tissues. A patient may also develop disabling visual challenges, pneumonia, and other respiratory problems. Its other complications are kidney problems, weakness, fatigue, and joint pain that grossly impairs one’s living quality. Thus, it’s most likely a patient might need to stop working until the condition heals.
Ferrin v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 336 F. Supp. 3d 910 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2018) (holding insurance policy’s grant of discretionary authority is void under Texas law due to certificate being issued after effective date of regulation, and policy renewing after effective date, and holding Plaintiff was disabled from Any Reasonable Occupation where treating doctors certify she can sit at the occasional level, and insurer’s consultants opine Plaintiff can sit frequently, as weighing all evidence together would make capacity likely at low end of frequent range at best).
Sadowski v. Tuckpointers Local 52 Health & Welfare Trust, 281 F. Supp. 3d 710 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2017) (holding plan was arbitrary and capricious in denying medical benefits for removal of spinal cord stimulator following a fall down the stairs and infection where plan argued the expenses were caused by the same injury as the car accident necessitating implantation of the stimulator years earlier)
Tassone v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 264 F. Supp. 3d 867 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2017) (awarding client long term disability benefits denied by United of Omaha despite insurer’s doctor opining there was no objective evidence of functional impairment)
Suson v. PNC Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 15-CV-10817, 2017 WL 3234809 (N.D. Ill. July 31, 2017) (holding Liberty Mutual’s denial of client’s long term disability benefits was arbitrary and capricious where Liberty Mutual disregarded client’s carpal tunnel syndrome and relied on a vocational opinion to which client never had an opportunity to address before litigation)
Sjogren’s Syndrome can affect one’s quality of life, rendering them unable to work. For information about financial support, you can consult with a disability insurance claims lawyer from Bartolic Law. Contact us for a free consultation to evaluate your case.