Dementia can be tough to initially diagnose. Symptoms may mimic other illnesses. According to the Claims Journal, employees with dementia may struggle to complete tasks they used to perform without issue. Dementia can also cause workers to forget about important meetings or even get lost on their way to work.
The working population is aging
As the U.S population ages, this is going to become an increasing concern for many companies and their employees. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers who are between 65 and 74 will increase to 55 percent of the working population from now until 2024. People over 65 are the most likely to be diagnosed with dementia, although it occasionally affects younger people.
The ADA gives workers with dementia some protections
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employees with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are allowed certain workplace accommodations and rights. Accommodations may include reassigning a worker to a desk job or providing written instead of verbal instructions. An employee should not be fired because he or she was diagnosed with dementia.
People with dementia may qualify for disability benefits
An employee who was diagnosed with dementia may also qualify for disability benefits. However, applying for these benefits means disclosing your condition to an employer. Unfortunately, some employers may be less than understanding after you reveal a dementia diagnosis.
If your employer refuses to make workplace accommodations or denies a claim for disability, you do not have to accept this treatment. The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a federal law that protects the money you have invested in retirement accounts and health plans like disability insurance.
A disability claim denial can be appealed
You can appeal a disability claim denial. However, you will need to move quickly because you have a short window to file a disability claim appeal. To win an appeal, you must gather evidence to support your claim, and this evidence will be the evidence allowed if you decide to file a lawsuit later. It is crucial to make a strong case, and you may want to contact an attorney with experience in filing disability claim appeals.