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Ehrlichosis and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits

The tick Amblyomma americanum (Lone Star tick)
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Ehrlichosis is the general name that is used to describe several bacterial diseases. Ehrlichosis is an infection that kills white blood cells in your body. Ehrlichosis is a bacterial illness that is transmitted by ticks. It occurs most frequently in the spring and summer. This is when ticks are active, and you are most often likely to be outdoors. Fortunately, ehrlichosis is rare. The annual average reported incidence in the United States is about 0.7 cases per million population. However, ehrlichosis is not a reportable disease; so, many cases go unreported. Ehrlichosis occurs most often in the states of Texas and California and the northeast and southeast regions of the United States. Some cases occur in the north central states that are west of the Great Lakes. The signs and symptoms caused by ehrlichosis are flu-like in nature. They usually occur within 5 to 14 days after you are bitten by an infected tick and fed on by the tick for 24 hours or longer. Some of these signs and symptoms are: §  Cough §  Flat red rash (maculopapular rash) §  Petechial rash (fine pinhead-sized areas of bleeding in your skin) §  Nausea §  Joint pain §  Mild fever §  Confusion §  Vomiting §  Headache §  Diarrhea §  Muscles aches §  Chills §  Malaise (general sick feeling). The signs and symptoms in some people are so mild that their body is able to fight off the infection without having to see a doctor. However, in other cases, if left untreated, ehrlichosis can be serious enough so that you have to be hospitalized. Most of the time, the Lone Star tick is the one who transmits this disease. However, it is possible for ehrlichosis to be transmitted in other ways. These are: §  From mother to unborn child §  Contact with an infected, slaughtered animal §  Through blood transfusions. You or a loved one may have had ehrlichosis. While ehrlichosis would not normally qualify you to receive Social Security disability benefits, you or your loved one may have had complications that resulted from this disease and/or other disabling conditions along with it that have caused you to be disabled. You may need help if this is your situation. You may need financial assistance. You or your loved one may be planning on applying for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by complications that resulted from ehrlichosis and/or other disabling conditions along with this disease. Have you or your loved one already applied and been denied by the Social Security Administration? If you or your loved one is thinking about reapplying or appealing the denial, here is an important fact that you need to think about. People who have a disability lawyer working for them like the one you will find at are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.