According to the Mayo Clinic, a stroke is an interruption or reduction of blood flow to the brain, causing the death of brain tissue in the affected area. This can be the result of blood clots or hemorrhage into the brain. What this means for an individual depends on the location of the stroke.
Nearly 75 percent of strokes occur in individuals older than 65. However, there are still approximately 190,000 who suffer them per year. With the possibility to cause weakness or paralysis, the inability to speak, vision impairment, incontinence, cognitive problems and emotional issues, a stroke can especially be devastating for an individual still on the work force. On top of their recovery efforts, many stroke victims also have to worry about their resulting lost income.
People who are unable to work due to the effects of a stroke may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), workers with the following stroke outcomes could be eligible:
Speech or writing problems
Problems with two extremities (either legs or hands) that cause significant problems walking, balancing, grasping objects or employing hands to use objects
Vision problems that affect sight field or that result in blindness
Because the extent of disability caused by a stroke and the determination of an individual’s ability to work differs on a case-by-case basis, the successful application for SSD benefits can be challenging. Additionally, the possibility exists that the SSA will delay the process to determine the odds your condition will improve.
At the law firm of Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law, we have extensive experience guiding our clients through the process of filing for Social Security disability benefits, including SSD and SSI. To schedule a free initial consultation, call toll free: 1.877.526.3457. Or, send us an e-mail for a prompt response.