Disability insurance companies don’t always make it easy for policyholders who have macular degeneration or edema to get the disability benefits they deserve.
Over 3 million cases of macular degeneration are diagnosed each year in the United States, but not each case of macular degeneration qualifies for disability benefits. Macular edema can be caused by diabetes (DME) or as a side effect of cataract surgery.
The Common Reasons Macular Degeneration or Macular Edema Claims Are Denied
You will have to show profound visual changes and overcome the carrier’s argument that you have been working with these problems for years and nothing has changed. It is crucial that your medical records reflect the progression of your symptoms and why you no longer can perform your occupation.
Carriers also commonly argue that accommodations can be made to allow you to continue to work.
Many disability claims for macular degeneration are denied because the disability insurance company says:
(1) There is no objective basis of the macular degeneration diagnosis,
(2) There is no objective basis for the restrictions and limitations assigned by your physician,
(3) There is no causal relationship between your macular degeneration and/or your restrictions and limitations, and your inability to do your own or any occupation, or
(4) You could work with accommodations.
Nancy Cavey, who has 35 years experience handling disability cases, has successfully represented many policyholders with macular degeneration. She overcomes a claims denial by working closely with you and your physician.
She often employs a vocational expert to address the disability carrier’s argument that you have been able to work or that you could work with accommodation.
Nancy Cavey offers a free initial consultation and welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your disability claim, particularly if you are a physician or work with computers on a daily basis.
What Is Macular Degeneration and What Are The Symptoms?
Macular degeneration is a degenerative condition that is often age-related (AMD). AMD results in a loss of vision in the center of the visual field, called the macula, because of damage to the retina. This makes it difficult or impossible to read or even recognize faces. It is a major cause of blindness in those older than 50. There is rarely a loss of peripheral vision.
There are two forms of macular degeneration that result in atrophy or scarring of the retina (dry) or leaking or hemorrhaging (wet).
The disabling symptoms include:
The loss of central vision profoundly impacts your visual functioning.
What Is Macular Edema and What Are The Symptoms?
Macular edema happens when fluid and protein deposits collect on or under the yellow part of the retina, called the macula.
It can be caused by diabetes (DME) or as a result of fluid collection in the outside layers of the retina, known as cystoid macular edema (CME).
This causes swelling or thickening, called edema. The swelling can distort your central vision, which allows you to see sharp and clear detail, form and color.
How Do I Get The Disability Insurance Benefits I Deserve?
Macular degeneration or macular edema can interfere with your daily activities and with your ability to work. If you no longer can work because of macular degeneration or macular edema, or if your doctor has told you to apply for disability benefits, you should take steps before you apply:
Contact Disability Attorney Nancy L. Cavey, Who Can Help You Regardless of Where You Live
Macular degeneration or macular edema and its complications can make it difficult, if not impossible, to work. You owe it to yourself and your family to get help today! Nancy Cavey can review your policy and your medical records, and explain to you what your policy says and how to get your disability benefits. Call today for a free consultation at 727-894-3188.