Filing a Social Security Disability Application - How to File & the Information that is Needed by SSA
Do you need a Lawyer at the Administrative Law Judge Disability Hearing?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition?
What Can I Do to Improve My Chances of Winning Disability Benefits
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Denial of benefits
If You Get Approved For SSDI Will You Also Get Medicare?
How much is paid for the Social Security Disability Attorney Fee?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
How To Get Disability Through SSDI or SSI Approved
Should you get Help from a Disability Attorney before the Claim has been Denied?
Answers to questions about SSD and SSI disability
Qualifying for Disability - What is Social Security Looking for?
How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
What Expenses Will A Social Security Attorney Charge In Addition To The Fee?
Facts about Mini Strokes and Filing for Disability
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
1) A mini-stroke, also known as a transient ischemic attack (TIA), is a stroke that lasts for less than 24 hours.
2) A mini-stroke is the same as a stroke (but shorter in length), characterized by the blood supply being blocked from a certain part of the brain, usually due to a blood clot,, causing the part of the body controlled by that part of the brain to lose functioning due to lack of blood and oxygen.
3) Symptoms of a mini-stroke are dependent upon the area of the brain that has lost functioning, though many patients report weakness, tingling, or numbness on one side of the body, headache, dizziness, confusion, decrease in vision, difficulty speaking and short-term paralysis on one side of the face.
4) Mini strokes can be due to genetics. If there is a history of strokes in your family, be certain to watch for signs and let your doctor know so he can prescribe healthy lifestyle choices for you and make suggestions to lower your risk.
5) There are lifestyle choices that can increase the risk for developing mini strokes, whether or not you are genetically predisposed. Not controlling high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes can all increase the risk of mini strokes, as can smoking.
6) If you have had a mini stroke, it is more likely that you will have another mini stroke or a full-blown stroke in the future. Aspirin therapy is one way that doctors try to prevent future mini strokes or stroke. Aspirin is an anti-platelet and helps prevent clotting. Other anti-coagulants and medications may be prescribed.
7) A mini stroke is pretty much a last warning for the patient to make serious lifestyle changes if they do not want to have a stroke, such as quitting smoking, decreasing blood pressure, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet that will improve their overall health.
Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?
Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).
It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).
Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?
Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:
1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;
2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;
3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions