Many long-term disability cases revolve around the issue of what constitutes the ability or inability to work in any gainful employment for which you “are reasonably fitted by education, training or experience.” The following case is another example.
In July of 2001, Linda Gardner stopped working as an operating room nurse. She had been diagnosed with avascular necrosis (AVN) in both of her knees, explaining the severe pain she had been suffering from. One of the symptoms of AV is its progressive nature. Temporary or permanent loss of blood supply to affected bones destroys the bone tissue and causes collapse. The resulting pain in an affected joint can limit movement severely.