This program, taught by Barbara B. Comerford, an attorney and frequent lecturer on the topic of long term disability law, and Gudrun Lange, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist and researcher with expertise in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, who has volunteered at Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC on “long haul” COVID-19 cases, will discuss the cognitive deficits emerging in COVID 19 cases, other symptoms and limitations of COVID-19 based on patient complaints and research studies and how to document the existence of symptoms and limitations in those cases. The course will also discuss the application of existing ERISA long term disability case law to long haul COVID-19 disability cases.
This program will benefit attorneys confronting these new types of disability cases, familiarize them with the most common complaints and limitations and instruct them on how to best document these claims and help long haul clients win disability assistance.
Barbara B. Comerford is an attorney in Paramus, New Jersey, whose firm represents ERISA Long Term Disability Insurance clients, and Social Security Disability clients throughout the United States and has for more than 25 years. She is a frequent lecturer on those topics and has conducted seminars throughout the years at the request of the American Bar Association, the New York and New Jersey Institutes of Continuing Legal Education, the Honorable Anne E. Thompson, American Inns of Court, the American Association of Administrative Law Judges (AALJ), the National Association of Social Security Disability Claimants (N.O.S.S.C.R), the American Trial Lawyers Association (now the American Association for Justice), and local Bar Associations.
Ms. Comerford has co-authored articles on Medically Documenting Disability in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for Frontiers Medical Journal (Frontiers in Pediatrics/Pediatric Neurology) https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fped.2019.00231/full; and Documenting disability in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) for the Journal WORK: Work 2020;66(2):339-352.doi: 10.3233/WOR-20 and cited at https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32568153/. She is currently working on an article for another medical journal on proving Long Haul COVID 19 cases. Ms. Comerford was recently quoted in an article published in August 2020 in Atlantic Magazine on Long Haul COVID 19 cases, https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/08/long-haulers-covid-19-recognition-support-groups-symptoms/615382/. She also co-authored the Chapter on Proving a CFS disability case for the first Physician Monograph ever in the United States which was jointly published by the New Jersey Academy of Medicine, the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
Ms. Comerford has sat on a number of professional Boards including the American Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (now the International Association of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome-a medical research Board); the CFIDS Association of America, The New Jersey CFS Association, the Roy White Foundation, the Northeast New Jersey Legal Services Association, the Fair Housing Council of Northern New Jersey and the Lewis Sanks King Justice Fund.
Ms. Comerford and her senior associate, Sara Kaplan-Khodorovsky, represented the plaintiff Brian Vastag, the science writer for the Washington Post in VASTAG v. PRUDENTIAL INSURANCE COMPANY OF AMERICA, No. 2:2015cv06197 - Document 44 (D.N.J. 2018) before the Honorable Katherine Hayden. The plaintiffs prevailed in that case by carefully medically documenting symptoms and limitations in that chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia case. Ms. Comerford has represented hundreds of such claimants throughout her professional career.
Dr. Gudrun Lange’s career as a Clinical Neuropsychologist has spanned over 24 years. She earned her degree in Clinical Neuropsychology from the CUNY Graduate Center. Her postdoctoral experiences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center and The Kessler Rehabilitation Institute fostered her research interest in investigating brain behavior relationships with neuroimaging techniques including functional neuroimaging in civilian and military populations that were diagnosed with “medically unexplained” illnesses. Her work over the years included research with populations that experienced concussion/mild traumatic brain injury, Gulf War Illness, ME/CFS and FM, as well as more conventional diagnoses including cerebrovascular events, neurological conditions, and cancer-related cognitive dysfunction. Throughout the years, her federally funded research work has been informed by her continuing clinical activity. Dr. Lange has published over 50 peer reviewed articles, has served on many federal grant review boards, and continues to sit on advisory panels at the Centers for Disease Control and the NIH/NINDS as she has special expertise in cognitive function in ME/CFS.
Great topic and timing
Very informative and helpful
Really great class. Very informative and practical information.
Timely. An excellent, in depth study of Covid related issues. Thank you!
A little more basic than I was expecting based on the title but still very good