In previous posts, we have been looking at the findings from the most recent study on long term disability claims conducted by the Council for Disability Awareness. In this post we will be looking at the types of diagnoses associated with long term disability claims, and which types of claims are most common.
As you can see from the chart above, the most common type of both new and existing long term disability is musculoskeletal disorders—a category which includes neck and back pain caused by degenerative disc disease and similar spine and joint disorders.
This is particularly noteworthy because physicians and dentists, who often have to maintain uncomfortable static postures for several hours each day, are very susceptible to musculoskeletal disorders. In addition, claims involving musculoskeletal disorders can be challenging, because oftentimes there is little objective evidence to verify the pain. If you suffer from degenerative disc disease or a similar disorder, an experienced disability attorney can explain how to properly document your claim to the insurance company.