A multiple sclerosis “flare” is a sudden worsening of one or more symptoms of the disease or the appearance of new symptoms which can last anywhere from days to weeks to months.  These exacerbations although temporary can be disabling, precluding a patient from gainful employment.

Many clients who apply for disability benefits may be observed by an insurance company during a period when a patient is not experiencing a MS “flare.”  However, since these “flares” can occur as frequently as once a month, a worker may be precluded from continuous gainful employment because the worsening or new symptoms frequently causes a worker to be absent from work during the “flare.”

We at Stennett & Casino are aware of this waxing and waning of symptoms and are able to help clients convince the insurance company that this is a very real part of the MS diagnosis.