Sleep Apnea Disability Claim
Is sleep apnea considered a disability and if so can a person file a claim?
Many veterans and people from military service ask if sleep apnea is a disability or a disorder, and it's not easy to answer. There is a fine line between the terminology and how it's meant.
can be interpreted as a disability if it affects the patient in a way that causes he or she to not be employed, or if the patient is treated unequal to others due to the side effects of his disorder.
(American with Disabilities Act) describe an individual with a disability a person who:
- has a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities,
- is regarded as having such an impairment,
- has a record of such an impairment.
A qualified employee or applicant with a disability is an individual who, with or without reasonable accommodation, such as:
- Making existing facilities used by employees readily accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities,
- modifying work schedules,
- Job restructuring,
- reassignment to a vacant position,
- Acquiring or modifying equipment or devices, adjusting or modifying examinations, training materials, or policies,
- providing qualified readers or interpreters.
You may find that ADA considers obstructive sleep apnea a disability as it affects the basic life process of sleeping. However, every case is different and you may need to work with someone with more legal background.
If you want more information about how to determine whether you have a disability under the ADA, please visit this link
I hope you understand that the question of whether an employee has a disability, including the patients for sleep apnea, is answered on a case by case basis, considering how the specific employee is affected by his or her medical condition.
So, you will need an attorney for this complicated task. But you can claim sleep apnea to be a disability, mostly if sleep apnea was developed during your active service or employment. So...you need proof for this claim:
- you must have a diagnosis of sleep apnea in your records, from the sleep study. If all you have in your records is symptoms, you cannot claim sleep apnea.
- In general, a prescription for the CPAP machine qualifies for the claim. I'm not sure if a prescription for dental appliance can help you, but that's why you need an attorney, right?
- if you were diagnosed with sleep apnea before starting the service or employment, I don't think you have any chance. Again, ask your attorney.
I hope it helps. Don't be afraid to comment back. Remy Thierry
Founder of Sleep Apnea Guide