A physician assistant performs many of the same duties that a physician does: meeting with patients, reviewing medical records, conducting examinations, performing bedside procedures, giving immunizations, ordering tests, and developing suggested treatment plans for the physician to review. A physician assistant may perform surgery or assist in surgery under a doctor’s supervision. These tasks may require standing, walking, bending, lifting, craning the head, crouching, sitting, and speaking.
The profession requires that a physician assistant be able to make decisions that affect another person’s life. It requires a clear head, the ability to make good decisions under pressure, and to do whatever is necessary to render the care the patient needs. The amount of physical work that a physician assistant may do is linked to their specialty. A physician assistant who works in surgery may stand for long hours and may work with heavy equipment. A physician assistant who works in pediatrics may be seated more of the time, give immunizations, but may also have to lift more if children are a part of their work setting. Ironically, health care workers as a whole face a disproportionately high degree of hazards and injuries in the course of their duties. A physician assistant is exposed to airborne and blood-borne diseases and illnesses, Covid-19 being one example.
Back and neck injuries are frequent and can make it difficult to stand for long periods of time, to work in surgery, or to work directly in patient care. A person with long haul Covid-19 symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, or brain fog may be unable to perform their job. In addition, a physician assistant is often extremely busy and tasked with much of the routine work of seeing and caring for clients.
They take on much more of the less complicated work to free up a licensed physician for more complicated work. The cognitive workload is heavy, and the job is a stressful one. Daily stressors are cumulative and can take a huge toll on a person’s mental and emotional health over time. Sadness at the loss of life can cause anxiety and depression. Finally, cumulative stress over a protracted period can cause physical symptoms such as cardiovascular disease, heart attack, or stroke.
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)
Disability benefits can protect your income and your financial future. Getting the help of a Chicago attorney who handles disability benefit claims can help. A health care worker spends much of their time protecting and healing others, and when they need help, an insurance company often turns down their claim for benefits.
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