Insurance Denial Lawyers for Conversion Disorder Related Disabilities
A conversion disorder, also known as functional neurological symptom disorder, is a psychological condition which manifests with physical and neurological symptoms. Conversion disorders are thought to be caused by a traumatic or stressful events, although there is no medical consensus on this point. Conversion disorders can be classified as an acute episode if it lasts for less than 6 months, or persistent if symptoms continue for over 6 months. Some conversion disorders can be chronic in nature.
Symptoms of a Conversion Disorder
The symptoms of a conversion disorder can be severe and varied. They include:
- Loss or Impaired Speech
- Loss or Impaired Sight
- Loss or Impaired Hearing
- Loss or Impaired Smell
- Loss of Coordination and Balance
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Weakness in Limbs
Due to the fact that a conversion disorder is a psychological issue which manifests in physical symptoms (known as a somatic symptom disorder) it can be hard to diagnose and is often confused with neurological disorders such as a multiple sclerosis or a stroke. Insurance companies will often use this fact to try to deny claims for long-term disability. It is important to make sure your doctor has recorded your symptoms and treatment to help support a claim for long-term disability in these circumstances.
If you have been disabled due to a conversion disorder and an insurance company has denied your conversion disorder long-term disability claim, contact the lawyers at Taylor & Blair LLP today.