Phlebitis is the inflammation of a vein that leads to circulatory issues. Thrombophlebitis occurs when inflammation causes a blood clot that blocks one or more veins, usually in the legs. These blood clots can be caused by genetic factors, trauma, or prolonged periods of inactivity.
There are many different risk factors that can increase your risk of thrombophlebitis, including pregnancy, inactivity, stroke, being over 60, being overweight or obese, or smoking. Certain types of thrombophlebitis can cause serious complications, such as pulmonary embolisms or post-phlebitic syndrome.
A pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels to the lungs, where it can block an artery and become potentially life threatening. Post-Phlebitic syndrome occurs when there is lasting pain, swelling, and a feeling of heaviness in the affected leg.
If you have deep thrombophlebitis, it can impact your ability to work in various ways. If you experience severe pain, it may prevent you from concentrating on your work. If you have severe swelling, you may be unable to walk or stand for long periods of time. These conditions may be temporary, but in some cases they can persist for longer periods of time.
You may be able to continue working by requesting reasonable accommodations, or by adjusting your job duties. You may also be able to take a short-term disability leave while you attempt to recover from the effects of phlebitis.
However, for serious cases of phlebitis, or for cases of post-phlebitic syndrome or other complications caused by phlebitis, your ability to work may be impacted for months or years, necessitating a claim for long-term disability benefits.
You will need to provide medical proof of your condition, as well as how it affects your ability to complete the activities necessary for your job. You should also provide documentation of your attempts to manage or treat your phlebitis. If you experience complications caused by your phlebitis, such as chronic venous insufficiency, these conditions may also support their own claim for long-term disability benefits.
If the insurance company denies you initial claim, you may want to consider talking to a long-term disability attorney about appealing your claim denial.
Contact the experienced ERISA lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick to discuss your right to appeal a disability claim denial. Visit our website to learn more about disability claim denials and to download our free ERISA law guide.