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
  • Seizures
  • Fainting
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of Coordination and Balance
  • Difficulty Swallowing
  • Incontinence
  • 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.