Get Answers to Your Benefits Questions in Our Disability FAQ

Dealing with the process of applying for and receiving disability benefits, whether it’s through the Social Security Administration (SSA), your employer, or a private insurer, can be a challenge, and many people are left with questions about what they can do to get the help they need. At the law offices of Loyd J. Bourgeois, we understand how hard it can be to get the answers you need. That’s why we’ve put together the following list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and answers dealing with personal injury, disability benefits, claims, and appeals and the related law in Louisiana.

The following are some FAQs that I receive as a Louisiana attorney. They may answer some of the questions you have regarding your Social Security Disability appeal, your long-term disability insurance denial, or your personal injury claim. If you have a question that is not answered here, please call the legal team of Louisiana Disability Law, Loyd J Bourgeois at 985-240-9773.

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  • Why do you need so much medical information from me?

    Sometimes we are asked, “Why do you want all this information about my medical history?”

    Whether you have a disability claim or personal injury claim, your medical history will be important to your case. It is also important for us in understanding what is going on with you and how you are impacted.

    So when we sit down and talk, and we are asking you about a medical history that is 5 or 10 years long, or in some cases longer, it is important you be truthful, upfront and honest with us! This history can be very important in your case.

    Importance of Medical History for a Personal Injury Claim

    The history is going to be especially important in a personal injury case if you fail to disclose all your prior injuries. If you tell an insurance company or insurance defense counsel you have never been injured before, and they go back and get medical records from 15 or 20 years ago and see you got treatment for 5 or 6 weeks (or few months) for some back problems, they will use that against you!

    Importance of Medical History for a Disability Claim

    In your disability case, the medical history is important so we can show a progression of a disease. If the condition is something that you have been dealing with for a long time, we can use your history to show multiple trials of treatment.

    It's very important when you sit down with your attorney to be open and honest with them and remember everything you can about your medical history including prior injuries, chronic conditions, all of the prior medical treatment you received, the facilities you went to for treatment. These things are very important. They are important to us, and they are going to be important to you and your case.

    Trust me, if I didn't have to get all this information - I wouldn't get it! But, I know the medical history is going to be very important so we like to get it up front and go through it and be very thorough with you. This is why your medical history is important and this is why your attorney is going to be asking you for the information.

    I'm Loyd Bourgeois, Louisiana personal injury and disability attorney. I look forward to hearing from you. Give us a call right here at 985-240-9773. We're glad to answer your questions and help you through the disability or personal injury process.

     

  • Which is better for people with diabetes, bypass surgery or stents?

    According to The American Heart Association, death rates from heart disease among diabetics are two to four times higher than those who are not diabetic. Not surprisingly, researchers have been focusing on care for diabetic patients with cardiovascular diseases. A recent editorial published by Dr. Mark Hlatky in the New England Journal of Medicine argues that patients with diabetes fared significantly better when treating clogged arteries with bypass surgery than with stent implants.

    Dr. Hlatky, a cardiologist, argues that recent research found that bypass surgery was more beneficial for diabetic patients than newer drug-eluting stent technology to improve blood flow. The research indicated that the five-year rate for suffering a major cardiac event or nonfatal stroke was 26.6 percent for those whose arterial blockage was treated with a stent, while bypass patients had an 18.7 percent rate—a reduction of approximately 8%.

    This is important news for a New Orleans Social Security Disability attorney to pass onto his clients, since Louisiana ranks 4th worst for heart disease related deaths and has the 7th most people with diabetes in the country. Diabetes is one of the many diseases that can create several related disabling health conditions and magnify other health problems.

    When you have been diagnosed with a disease such as diabetes, the potential for developing disabling health conditions may be a key factor in filing for social security and long-term disability benefits. It is important to discuss your health care and some of the latest studies with your doctor to help you stay in good health even with a disabling health condition.