Nobody wants to think about ticks, and even less about what happens when they bite us and begin to feed on our blood, but if you live in Massachusetts, Rhode Island or New Hampshire and spend any time outdoors, this is a subject you can hardly avoid. 

The blacklegged tick bite can result in Lyme disease, which, if treated with antibiotics in the early stages, is very curable. The trouble comes when, for whatever reason, Lyme disease goes undetected and untreated. Then it can result in severe symptoms and become serious enough to qualify you for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefits.

What happens if Lyme disease is untreated?

There are three stages identified in this ailment. These include:

  • Stage One: Known as early localized Lyme disease, in the first stage the disease has not yet spread throughout the body.
  • Stage Two: This stage, called early disseminated Lyme disease, means that the bacteria have begun to spread through the body.
  • Stage Three: In stage three, late disseminated Lyme disease, the bacteria have had time to spread throughout the body.

Stage three is the one that could cause disability. The symptoms can affect the victim months or even years after the initial bite. Stage three symptoms include:

  • Muscle and joint pain and inflammation, particularly in the knees. This is often referred to as “Lyme’s arthritis.”
  • Facial palsy and/or neuropathy.
  • Weakness in the muscles.
  • Numbness and tingling.
  • Problems with mental function and speech.
  • Difficulty concentrating and remembering simple things.
  • Damage to the nervous system.
  • Irregular heart beat.
  • Facial paralysis.
  • Sleep disorders.
  • Problems sleeping.

There is no reason to suffer both the ravages of untreated Lyme disease and the financial hardship of being unable to work. It could be time to consider applying for SOcial Security disability benefits. 

If you have any questions about your condition and whether you qualify, call the Boston disability specialists at the law office of Keefe Disability Law. We can be reached toll free at 888-904-6847 and we offer a free case review.

John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer
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