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Social Security Disability benefits for stroke




 
As a disability examiner working on social security disability and SSI cases, I came across a fair number of cases for which stroke was the major allegation listed on a claimant's application.

I recently came across some interesting "factoid" information regarding the incidence of stroke. According to wikipedia, strokes are the third leading cause of disability and even death in the industrialized world. And as we all know, certain risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and cigarette use can increase the risk of stroke. However, I was surprised to learn that deaths from stroke are more likely to occur in women versus men.

Strokes, from the standpoint of the social security administration, must be evaluated for their residual effects. In the SSA system, of course, all physical and mental impairments must be evaluated as to how they limit an individual's ability to work.

However, when it comes to strokes, as well as myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), the residuals of a stroke must be evaluated at least three months out from the time of a stroke. The reasoning behind this is that it is simply not possible to ascertain how well and to what extent an individual may recover from a stroke, a.k.a. a CVA, or cerebrovascular accident.

The following page discusses how disability claims involving stroke are determined. Excerpt: "When an individual files for disability on the basis of a stroke, the disability examiner will not make a medical disability determination until at least three months have passed since the stroke occurred."

Link: How Social Security evaluates stroke.















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These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing and applying for disability in Texas