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Can I qualify for SS disability after experiencing a stroke?
You just finished gardening and headed off to the kitchen for a cool glass of homemade ice tea. One minute you were healthy. The next minute your has life changed forever.
You felt a sudden physical numbness on one side of your torso.
Instantly you experienced confusion, inability to speak, your vision clouded and you had difficulty maintaining your balance. You just experienced a stroke. The following minute, you crumbled to the sidewalk.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 800,000 Americans are affected by stroke resulting in one death every four minutes.
Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures, causing the affected brain tissue to die.
The CDC emphasizes that receiving immediate medical care is essential to prevent life-long disabilities or death.
Fortunately, your spouse witnessed the terrifying event and immediately called 9-1-1.
The paramedics were on the way. The emergency room physician quickly administered T-pa (tissue plasminogen activator) to dissolve the occlusion. The importance of this injection within the first three hours following a stroke reduces your risk of permanent disability or death.
Contact a Social Security disability attorney at 512-454-4000 for a free consultation and see if you can get disability benefits after suffering a stroke. If you have been denied disability don’t give up!
You have lost several days of your life.
You are experiencing reduced functional mobility on your right side and have been diagnosed with aphasia or the inability to form words, read or write. Work is no longer an option. The bills are mounting. Although gaining some ground in your recovery you are now medically diagnosed as permanently disabled. You’ve been advised to apply for Social Security Disability (SSDI) or long-term disability benefits. Where do you begin?
Just as it was essential to receive the T-pa dosage it is just as important to seek legal counsel.
This may be a battle you are not strong enough to face alone. You require a strong advocate.
The Social Security Administration relies on a strict definition of permanent disability.
The benefits you need to ease your financial burden can be hindered by a challenging application process and possible appeal to a denial of your claim. The overall process can take months. You need help now.
The SSA considers applications for stroke patients under its Blue Book listing 11.04 -Central Nervous System Vascular Event.
The stroke must cause a lasting impairment which means it must be expected to last for at least 12 months.
Listing 11.04 requires that:
- Your ability to speak or write is severely impaired or
- You have pronounced issues with controlling or coordinating movements with at least two extremities (arms or legs)
There are several other listings or means to receive a favorable judgement for disability
according to the SSA.
If your vision or hearing has been affected you may qualify under sections 2.02, 2.03, 2.04, or 2.10.
If the stroke has altered your intellectual ability or personality you may qualify under section 12.00 for mental disorders.
If you do not meet these specific disorder listings but can prove the stroke prevents you from working it is possible to qualify for SSDI under a “medical vocational allowance”.
You or your physician will need to complete a “functional report” listing your medical conditions, treatments and limitations you face on a daily basis. The SSA then assess your residual functional capacity (RFC) by considering your age, training, education, medical conditions and physical limitations. If they determine you cannot perform any job for which you are qualified based on your RFC they will grant the medical vocational allowance and approve you to receive disability benefits.
At the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach & Reed our experienced disability attorneys are here to help. We will be a strong advocate when it comes to assisting you with receiving the SSD benefits you deserve. Based in Austin we currently service clients in Central Texas, Travis County (Austin), Williamson County, San Antonio, Harris County (Houston) and the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. We will stand strong as your advocate to obtain the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve. Do not wait another minute. Call us at 1-512-454-4000 today.
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