Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a severe chronic pain syndrome that can occur after an injury, illness, or surgery. Even a minor injury can result in complex regional pain syndrome CRPS/RSD; and its persistence and manifestation can often be significantly worse than the original injury and appear […]
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Can disability be proven by pain symptoms alone or is “objective” medical evidence required? A recent federal court ruling from Maryland, Krysztofiak v. Boston Mutual Life Insurance Co., 2019 WL 6528609 (D. Md., Dec. 4, 2019), offers instructive guidance in answering that question. In the Maryland case, Dana Krysztofiak, a registered nurse, had to quit […]
The outcome of many disability insurance cases depends on the court’s assessment of the claimant’s credibility since symptom complaints are difficult to objectively verify. A ruling from a federal court in New York offers an excellent example. The case of Khan v. Provident Life and Accident Insurance Co., 2019 WL 1970516 (W.D. N.Y., May 3, 2019), involved Dr. Farooq Khan, a neurologist, who complained of joint pain and fatigue that worsened over several years, although an exact diagnosis was elusive.
A decision by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio upholds an attorney’s claim for disability benefits based on chronic pain.
Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), formerly known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) is a chronic pain syndrome that can occur after an injury, and its persistence is often significantly worse than the original injury. It is a difficult condition to diagnose and common for disability insurance companies to refute or deny as a compensable disability […]
Proving an entitlement to disability benefits on account of pain can be challenging as a recent federal court ruling from Massachusetts recognized. The case of Kamerer v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, 2018 WL 4539693 (D. Mass., Sept. 21, 2018), involved a claim brought by Judith Kamerer, a former employee of Accenture, who became disabled in 2004 due to fibromyalgia and depression.