August 1, 2022

Stroke and Social Security Disability Benefits

Stroke and Social Security disability benefits. If you or someone you know has suffered from a stroke, you may be entitled to Social Security disability benefits.  A stroke can cause many long-term effects that might prevent you from working a full-time job.  If you believe that you will be unable to work for a period of twelve months or longer, it is important to file an application for disability benefits as soon as possible. 

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Some of the lasting effects of a stroke that can impact your ability to work could include, but are not limited to:

  • Paralysis
  • Weakness or Fatigue
  • Balance disturbance
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty with Speech
  • Mood Swings
  • Cognitive Difficulties

As with all claims for Social Security disability benefits, a well-documented medical record is the strong foundation needed to win your claim.  A specialist such as a Neurologist can assess the severity of your symptoms through treatment and objective testing.  Additionally, you may have needed skilled physical therapy or occupational therapy to address your residual effects. These records can help document your difficulties and limitations that impact your ability to work.

While some people can recover from a stroke and re-enter the workforce, others cannot.  In these cases, the SSA may determine you are unable to do your past work or any other jobs in the economy on a full-time basis.  As a result, you may be entitled to disability benefits. The Social Security disability process can be long and frustrating, so it is important to document your treatment, keep track of the status of your disability claim, and file any appeals promptly.

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