The Sullivan Law Office focuses on the fact that every application for social security benefits is different. Applicants should understand every necessary detail before they file an application and the Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility. The Sullivan Law Office may provide valuable assistance during the long and sometimes stressful gathering of personal information and medical evidence involved in the application process.

Do you have Lyme disease? Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of a deer tick (black-legged tick). Individuals with Lyme disease may receive Social Security Disability benefits if they meet the requirements of a medical condition that is in the SSA’s Blue Book of impairment listings or if they show that the effects of the Lyme disease interfere with their abilities to prevent them from working.

This disease manifests itself in three stages and, if untreated, each stage’s symptoms progressively worsen over time. Stage one occurs within days or a week of the bite and includes flu-like symptoms such as headache, body ache, and overall malaise. Many people also suffer a rash around the bite location.

Stage two occurs within a few weeks to months after the bite with more severe symptoms such as joint, muscle, and tendon pain, dizziness, heart problems, loss of muscle control above the neck, meningitis, altered mental state, shooting pain during sleep, and encephalitis, which may further cause mood change, memory loss, and sleep disturbance.

Stage three begins within months to years after the bite occurs. Individuals may suffer severe and chronic symptoms that affect the brain, heart, nerves, eyes, and joints. Two neurological illnesses are common in this stage of Lyme disease. Both may cause significant impairments. The first, Lyme Encephalopathy may cause subtle concentration and short-term memory issues, while Chronic Encephalomyelitis may cause progressive cognitive problems, back pain, weakness in the legs and facial muscles, bladder problems, and vertigo. There are many other physical and mental symptoms of Lyme disease. Examples include significant fatigue, arthritis, loss of memory, and panic attacks.

If an application for social security benefits has been denied, and you’re confused and frustrated because you don’t know why. Mike Sullivan understands. After all, disability law is the sole focus of his practice. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you.I Have Lyme Disease - Am I Entitled To Disability Benefits?  Part 1: Symptoms