Scleroderma Disability Claims Attorneys
Recovering Benefits for Scleroderma Claimants Nationwide
Scleroderma is an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the skin and other organs. Also called systemic sclerosis, scleroderma can harm the blood vessels and internal organs, including the heart, lungs, and kidneys.
About 15 to 25% of people with scleroderma also have another condition that affects connective tissue, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Whether scleroderma occurs with another medical condition or not, it can be disabling and warrant a short-term or long-term disability claim.
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What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Scleroderma?
Scleroderma frequently appears with Raynaud’s disease, so one of the first signs of the disorder are fingers and toes that turn white or blue in response to cold temperatures or stress. Other early signs of the disorder include swollen hands, skin thickening on the hands and face, ulcers, calcinosis (painful bumps under the skin), and telangiectasia (enlarged blood vessels just under the skin).
The most common symptom of scleroderma is fibrosis, or the buildup of scar tissue in the skin and other organs. In scleroderma, which is Greek for “hard skin,” the body produces too much collagen, causing lines and patches of thickened or different colored skin and complications for people with the condition.
There are 2 major types of scleroderma – localized scleroderma and systemic scleroderma – and 3 different types of systemic scleroderma.
Localized scleroderma affects the skin and the structures directly underneath and systemic scleroderma presents in the following ways:
- In limited cutaneous systemic scleroderma, fibrosis affects the hands, arms, and face. Limited cutaneous systemic scleroderma is also called CREST syndrome because the defining features are calcinosis, Raynaud’s disease, esophageal problems, sclerodactyly, and telangiectasia.
- In diffuse cutaneous systemic scleroderma, fibrosis affects large patches of skin, including the torso, upper arms, and legs. Diffuse cutaneous systemic scleroderma usually involves internal organs, as well.
- In systemic sclerosis sine scleroderma, fibrosis affects one or more internal organs but does not appear on the skin.
Diffuse cutaneous systemic scleroderma gets worse soon after it appears and can damage the organs faster than other types of scleroderma.
Scleroderma cannot be cured, and each patient finds different treatments helpful. For example, many people use medications to help decrease swelling, manage pain, and prevent complications, and other people find physical and occupational therapy helpful.
Because scleroderma can be triggered by a person’s environment and cause extreme fatigue, many people with the condition need time off work.
If you need time to learn how to live with scleroderma, or you are forced to stop working due to symptoms and complications, our disability attorneys are here to help. We can help you file a claim for short-term or long-term disability benefits, appeal any denials, and even file a lawsuit against your insurance company.
Attorneys That Specialize in Handling Your Disability Insurance Claims
As a law firm that specializes in helping people get disability benefits from insurance companies, Dabdoub Law Firm has attorneys who are experts in disability insurance.
- Every lawyer at our firm focuses on disability insurance claims, appeals, and lawsuits.
- We have a proven track record of success.
- We have won major disability lawsuits in federal court.
- We have recovered millions of dollars in disability benefits for clients across the country.
- Our disability lawyers have challenged every major insurance company and know their tactics.
If you suffer from scleroderma, your disability benefits can help you define your future. With so much at stake, shouldn’t you have experienced disability lawyers on your side?
Federal law applies to most disability insurance claims, so your disability lawyer does not have to be located in your state to help.
Call us at (800) 969-0488 or contact us online to speak with a disability insurance lawyer – and don’t forget to schedule your free consultation.