Posted by Richard Brooks, Partner
‘Living with Myalgic Encephalopathy’ – By James Millar Craig
Whilst it is encouraging to see scientists forge ahead with a possible cure for those suffering from ME (see yesterday’s news report regarding a new study in the US connecting ME and the retrovirus) my work involves helping those who have the condition and need practical assistance now.
Sometimes, I am asked to help (in conjunction with my colleagues in the employment team) sufferers who have been dismissed or made redundant. More often, I am asked to tackle the mighty insurance companies who decline claims for ME and related illnesses, making the Permanent Health Insurance (PHI) of the sufferers and their employers useless. With my colleagues in the private client and tax teams, we help sufferers deal with the taxation implications of receiving a lump sum once disputes with employers or insurance companies are resolved.
More recently, I have been asked about ill health retirement pensions and the situation regarding those suffering from ME. Please give me a call, email me or use the support of organisations such as ME Association and Action for ME.