Tension Neck Syndrome and Long-Term Disability Benefits
Tension neck syndrome, also known as trapezius myalgia or “tech neck”, is a disorder that causes stiffness, pain, and inflammation in the neck area. It is particularly common among office workers and those who spend much of their day on the computer.
The neck muscles can become stiff due to prolonged sitting and poor posture. Many people who do sedentary work will experience a stiff neck at some point, but a small percentage of these people will experience more serious and debilitating neck pain that can interfere with one’s ability work.
In addition to pain in the neck, pain in the shoulders and arms can often result from tension neck syndrome because the muscles that connect the neck and shoulders have become stiff. Even minor changes in the ergonomic layout of a workstation can improve the symptoms of tension neck syndrome.
To relieve neck pain, consider taking more frequent breaks, adjusting the height of computer monitors, and using document stands and headsets. Avoid holding a phone between the neck and shoulders, as this could exacerbate symptoms.
If neck or cervical spine pain continues or becomes more serious, you may need to consider your options for taking a short-term or long-term disability leave. If you are able to continue working in a reduced capacity, you may be eligible for partial disability benefits. Ask a long-term disability attorney to review your insurance policy, as well as your medical evidence, to determine whether or not you are entitled to long-term disability benefits.
Insurance companies are often skeptical of disability claims based solely on pain or other self-reported symptoms. If you have objective evidence, such as X-rays or MRIs, that support your cervical spine disability, then you will have a greater chance of convincing the insurance company to pay disability benefits.
Your claim for disability benefits can be strengthened by evidence documenting your pain, restrictions, and attempts at treatment. A physician’s statement that says you are disabled can be helpful, but it is not necessarily sufficient to convince the insurance company of your disability.
If your claim has previously been denied, consider talking to a long-term disability attorney about your appeal rights. You may be able to develop more evidence or present a stronger argument with assistance from a disability insurance attorney.
Contact the experienced ERISA lawyers at Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick to discuss whether you should appeal a denial of your claim for long-term disability benefits. Visit our page about LTD claim denials to learn more and to download our free ERISA law guide.
Category: ERISA Law