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Digital Neuritis and Long-Term Disability Benefits

July 6, 2017
Digital Neuritis and Long-Term Disability Benefits

Digital neuritis in the hand is a nerve issue that results in pain and tingling in the hand and fingers. It has been thought to be a natural part of the aging process, but its growing prevalence among younger workers has changed this common perception. Risk factors for digital neuritis include  repetitive tasks, movements, and postures, all of which may contribute to the manifestation of symptoms of neuritis.

Neuritis, commonly known as neuropathy, occurs in the hand when there is damage or entrapment of the median, ulnar, or radial nerves. Common symptoms include abnormal sensations in the fingers, loss of coordination in the fingers, numbness, pain, tingling, and weakness or clumsiness of the hand. The location of your symptoms may vary depending on which nerve is irritated or entrapped.

Neuropathy can be a residual of another illness, or can be caused by direct damage to the nerve, long-term press on the nerve, or pressure on the nerve caused by nearby swelling. Certain movements, such as grasping or swinging, could result in nerve damage if they are repeated often enough at significant level of force. Diabetes, kidney disease, or other diseases that cause inflammation can also cause nerve issues in and around your hand.

A doctor will likely ask you to describe your symptoms and have you move your hand and arm to attempt to elicit symptoms. Other tests may also be used to eliminate other potential causes of your symptoms, including EMG and nerve conduction tests.

Neuritis can heal on its own with treatment designed to manage symptoms. However, some more severe cases may require surgery, which can have a prolonged recovery period. In this case, you may be unable to work, and should consider applying for long-term disability benefits.

Your insurance company will evaluate the symptoms of your neuropathy, as well as any underlying conditions that caused your conditions, such as diabetes. You will also need to document your functional limitations, and how they impact your ability to work. Depending on your insurance policy, you may only need to show that you cannot perform your current job and that you cannot transition into a less demanding job either.

If your claim for long-term disability benefits for neuritis, neuropathy, or other nerve issues has been denied, consult with a long-term disability attorney to discuss your appellate rights.

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