Disability Benefits Turn On Symptoms Over Diagnosis

Law360 (January 6, 2021, 6:23 PM EST) -- Does the absence of a definitive diagnosis preclude an award of disability benefits?

Courts have resoundingly answered that question in the negative, finding that a diagnosis is less important than findings relating to impairment.

Symptoms of fatigue, pain, and compromised cognition can be characteristic of many illnesses that can be difficult to diagnose or treat.

The recent U.S. District Court for the Central District of California ruling in Myers v. Aetna Life Insurance Co.[1] is illustrative.

The case involved Vicky Myers, who worked for the California Institute of Technology's Jet Propulsion Laboratories from 1979 until 2018. She last worked as a...

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