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Lyme Disease Can Lead to Long-Term Disability

You have a great time hiking in the woods or even working in your own backyard, but it isn’t until later that you realize you have a tick on you. You pluck the tick off and go about your business, not realizing that what has been left behind could make you very sick.

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria spread by ticks. The most common sign of infection is an expanding area of redness on the skin that begins at the site of a tick bite about a week after it has occurred. Diagnosing Lyme disease is difficult because of the many different types of symptoms presented, delaying treatment for months or even years and leaving people unable to work or lead normal lives.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), untreated Lyme disease can produce a wide range of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. Three to 30 days after a tick bite, early signs and symptoms include fevers, chills, headache, muscle and joint aches and swollen lymph nodes. A rash occurs in 70 to 80 percent of all cases and begins at the site of the tick bite, usually around the seven-day mark. Later signs and symptoms include severe headaches and neck stiffness, additional rashes on other areas of the body, fatigue, arthritis with swelling at the knees and other large joints, facial paralysis like Bell’s palsy, an irregular heartbeat, nerve pain, problems with short-term memory and inflammation of the brain and spinal cord.

Oftentimes, insurers deny coverage because of symptoms that are related to Lyme disease and even due to a direct diagnosis of the disease. This is because insurance companies do not understand the debilitating disability associated with Lyme disease. If you have been diagnosed with Lyme disease and have been denied your long-term care benefits, from companies such as Unum, Hartford, or Cigna, the attorneys at Burke Harvey can help. Contact us today for a review of your case.

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