Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
Medial epicondylitis, also known as golfer’s elbow or thrower’s elbow, is a condition that affects the tendons on the inside of your elbow. Typically, this injury causes weakness or loss of function in the wrist, elbow, and forearm.
As a result, this injury can impact your ability to work or perform daily activities. If you have golfer’s elbow and it affects your ability to work, you may be entitled to seek disability benefits.
If you struggle to get disability insurance for your injury, an experienced disability insurance lawyer can help. The skilled and knowledgeable upper extremity impairments attorneys of Abell and Capitan Law have the experience necessary to help you pursue the benefits you need. Contact us for a free consultation at (267) 419-7888 to discuss your condition and options.
Causes of Medial Epicondylitis
The medial epicondyle is the bony bump on the inside of your elbow. Injury to this can be extremely painful. This portion of your body may be injured by:
- Repetitive motion: The repetitive motion used, for example, in a golf swing, puts constant stress on the tendons that attach to the medial epicondylitis. Repetitive motion can cause inflammation, pain, and tenderness in your arm.
- Poor technique: If you have poor technique when using your arm in sports or work-related activities, you can get medial epicondylitis. This is because the improper technique can lead to excessive stress on the tendons causing them to become inflamed.
- Overuse: Not allowing your arm time to rest can lead to the tendons breaking down, which can cause medial epicondylitis.
- Other health conditions: If you have other health conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or diabetes, you are at an increased risk of developing golfer’s elbow.
Symptoms of Medial Epicondylitis
Medial epicondylitis usually causes severe pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow. This pain and tenderness may get worse when performing gripping or squeezing motions. However, there are other symptoms that you should look for, including:
- Stiffness in your elbow and forearm
- Weakness in your hand and wrist
- Numbness or tingling in your fingers
- Pain that radiates down your forearm
Leaving your medial epicondylitis untreated can lead to chronic pain and weakness, making it difficult or impossible to perform daily tasks.
Pursuing Disability Benefits for Your Medial Epicondylitis
When you cannot work because of your medial epicondylitis, you may be eligible for disability benefits. These benefits come in various forms, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and long-term disability (LTD). The Social Security Administration (SSA) administers both SSDI and SSI benefits. These benefits allow individuals who are unable to work because of a disability to receive a specific amount of compensation per month.
To qualify for SSDI, you must typically be unable to work because of your medial epicondylitis for at least 12 months. You must have also worked and received enough work credits to qualify for SSDI. The amount of work credits you need depends on your age, but this credit requirement may change from year to year. In contrast, to qualify for SSI benefits, you merely need to be unable to work because of a disability and fall below the income threshold. This threshold may vary year-to-year.
Additionally, you might pursue LTD benefits through an insurance policy, which can be privately held or through your employer. LTD insurance benefits pay a percentage of your monthly salary, usually between 50 to 60 percent. Therefore, the amount of LTD benefits you will receive depends on your policy and monthly salary before your disability.
How Long Can You Receive Disability Benefits for Medial Epicondylitis?
You can receive disability benefits for your medial epicondylitis for as long as it makes it impossible to work. For example, if you can never return to work because of your medial epicondylitis, you can receive SSDI benefits until retirement age. However, if your medial epicondylitis heals 24 months after you sustain the injury, your disability benefits will end.
It is important to note that the duration of LTD benefits is not always related to how long your injury affects your ability to work. Sometimes LTD insurance sets a specific timeframe in which it will pay benefits. These timeframes can be any number of years. For example, if your LTD policy provides compensation for two years and you are disabled for five years, you will only receive LTD benefits for two years.
How an Abell and Capitan Law Attorney Can Help
Understanding your LTD benefits and whether you qualify for SSI and SSDI benefits can be difficult. An experienced disability attorney can help you navigate these complexities. Here are some common ways that a disability attorney can help you:
- Explain the disability benefits application process: Applying for disability benefits can be overwhelming. An experienced disability attorney can help you understand the application process, including eligibility requirements and the evidence needed to support your claim. An attorney can also help you understand all the benefits available to you.
- Gather medical evidence: An important aspect of your disability claim is providing evidence to support it. This evidence can include medical records, diagnostic tests, and medical professional statements. A disability attorney can help you gather and submit the necessary medical evidence.
- Represent you at hearings: If you receive a disability claim denial, you may have the right to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. A disability attorney can help you understand this process and represent you during the hearing.
- Assist with appeals: If the administrative law judge denies your disability claim, you may have the right to appeal. A disability attorney can help you with the appeal process, including preparing and submitting briefs and arguing your case.
- Help protect your rights: A disability attorney can help you protect your rights throughout the disability application and appeals process.
In addition to these services, an experienced disability attorney can provide valuable advice and guidance on your disability benefits process.
Contact Abell and Capitan Law for Help Getting the Benefits You Deserve
Are you unable to work because you have medial epicondylitis? If so, you may be able to seek disability benefits. The attorneys of Abell and Capitan Law represent clients nationwide in pursuing the disability benefits they need. Contact us today for a free consultation by calling (267) 419-7888 or filling out our online form.