If you have been a victim of a stroke you may qualify for disability benefits
A stroke happens when a portion of the brain loses circulation. The severity of the stroke varies depending on how much of brain experiences blood loss and for how long. Strokes are common, affecting 795,000 Americans each year. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and many stroke victims qualify for disability benefits.
There are two main types of strokes. 87% of strokes are Ischemic strokes, where circulation is stopped by an obstruction in the blood vessel.
Ischemic strokes are further dichotomized into thrombosis, where a clot develops in the vessel, and embolism, where the obstruction came from another part of the body. The less common (13%) type of stroke is a hemorrhagic stroke, where circulation is lost due to bleeding.
Strokes are very serious and can be treated with early detection.
When an individual’s brain shuts down, they may experience numbness, loss of motor control, slurred speech, and difficulty with balance. It is important to know the symptoms of a stroke so that if you witness someone having a stroke, you can get them medical attention immediately. The American Heart Association has popularized the acronym F.A.S.T. for remembering stroke symptoms. F.A.S.T stands for
- Face drooping- is one side of their face numb?
- Arm Weakness- is one arm weak or numb?
- Speech difficulty- is their speech slurred or hard to understand?
- Time to call 911- call 911 if someone experiences these symptoms, even if they go away.
If the stroke is detected quickly, doctors can restore blood flow to the affected areas and reduce the probability of permanent damage.
The first three hours after a stroke are the most important, and it is best to get a stroke victim into treatment in this time frame.
If you have been denied disability for the effects of a Stroke you may still qualify for benefits. Contact an experienced SS attorney at 512-454-4000 and see if you can get Social Security Disability for Stroke
Doctors usually treat the stroke by breaking up the clot that caused it.
However, if the clot cannot be dissolved, doctors will try to remove it surgically. There may be lasting brain damage as a result of the stroke. Depression is one of the most common symptoms after a stroke. Motor, speech and reasoning ability may also be negatively impacted. A quarter of stroke survivors will go on to have another stroke in the next five years.
There are a few risk factors associated with strokes.
Age is major factor; 75% of stroke victims are over age 65. Race seems to play a role; African Americans suffer from strokes twice as frequently as whites and are more likely to die after a stroke. High blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and tobacco use are all significant factors in stroke risk and occur in higher rates among African Americans.
While both genetics and lifestyle play a role, there’s little an individual can do about their genetics.
As with most diseases, the risk of stroke can be reduced by healthy lifestyle choices. Getting enough exercise, losing weight, and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and drugs will help reduce the risk of stroke as well as improve your overall health.
Strokes are one of the leading causes of disability. If you or someone you know has had a stroke and is unable to work, they may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance or Long Term Disability Insurance benefits. Applying for benefits can be an uphill battle. Social Security denies two-thirds of initial applications and Long Term Disability Insurers are often reluctant to pay out legitimate claims. If you have been denied disability benefits, the attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed can help. Contact us today for a free consultation. Call 512-454-4000 and get help NOW.
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