Clubfoot is a condition adults suffering from it have had for a long time, and on its own typically does not cause one to become unable to perform a job previously able to do. But as other illnesses progress, the comorbidity of Clubfoot can become more limiting. It will increase the rate at which symptoms of other co-morbidities become disabling. For instance, individuals with Clubfoot who develop various forms of arthritis in the lower extremities, or nerve damage in their lower extremities, may have a greater degree of impairment caused by the additional Clubfoot condition. If you develop back disorders or Lumbar Radiculopathy, the co-morbid Clubfoot diagnosis can also exacerbate the other symptoms.
Clubfoot is a rare condition, and its mildness or severity varies among affected people. Unfortunately, medical science doesn’t know the exact cause of clubfoot. Instead, doctors believe that hereditary factors significantly contribute to it. This theory presupposes that certain gene mutations cause it, although they don’t understand how. Other possible causes include one’s gender, as baby boys are twice vulnerable as girls. One’s environment and insufficient amniotic fluid during pregnancy are other suspected causes.
The condition might manifest different clinical signs. The foot’s top usually twists downward and inward, creating an increased arch that turns the heel inward. At times, affected feet might appear inverted or be a bit shorter, and the calf muscles remain underdeveloped. Fortunately, this disorder doesn’t usually cause pain to the affected person or make them uncomfortable, but they can still develop debilitating complications. A person with this disorder is more vulnerable to arthritis and movement limitations that might make it difficult to perform certain jobs as an adult.
Ferrin v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 336 F. Supp. 3d 910 (N.D. Ill. Sept. 28, 2018) (holding insurance policy’s grant of discretionary authority is void under Texas law due to certificate being issued after effective date of regulation, and policy renewing after effective date, and holding Plaintiff was disabled from Any Reasonable Occupation where treating doctors certify she can sit at the occasional level, and insurer’s consultants opine Plaintiff can sit frequently, as weighing all evidence together would make capacity likely at low end of frequent range at best).
Sadowski v. Tuckpointers Local 52 Health & Welfare Trust, 281 F. Supp. 3d 710 (N.D. Ill. Dec. 20, 2017) (holding plan was arbitrary and capricious in denying medical benefits for removal of spinal cord stimulator following a fall down the stairs and infection where plan argued the expenses were caused by the same injury as the car accident necessitating implantation of the stimulator years earlier)
Tassone v. United of Omaha Life Ins. Co., 264 F. Supp. 3d 867 (N.D. Ill. Aug. 30, 2017) (awarding client long term disability benefits denied by United of Omaha despite insurer’s doctor opining there was no objective evidence of functional impairment)
Suson v. PNC Fin. Servs. Grp., Inc., No. 15-CV-10817, 2017 WL 3234809 (N.D. Ill. July 31, 2017) (holding Liberty Mutual’s denial of client’s long term disability benefits was arbitrary and capricious where Liberty Mutual disregarded client’s carpal tunnel syndrome and relied on a vocational opinion to which client never had an opportunity to address before litigation)
You shouldn’t hesitate to seek legal help if you suffer from clubfoot and cannot work. Our team has helped many patients win disability insurance claims, and we are ready to evaluate your situation. You can contact a disability insurance claims lawyer from Bartolic Law today to review your case for free.