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Applying for Social Security Disability or SSI for Stroke

Disability Examiners see a fair number of Social Security Disability and SSI initial claim disability applications for which the primary allegation is stroke. And, unfortunately, after evaluating the residuals from a stroke three months post-cva (cerebrovascular accident) they turn a lot of these cases down as well.

Here's some interesting information regarding strokes:

1. "There are 750,000 strokes in America each year and 40 percent of those are due to carotid disease."

2. "35 percent of all people who have strokes are sent to nursing homes"

3. "Only 10 percent of stroke victims make full recovery"

4. "90 percent of all stroke victims have some residual deficit after their stroke"

My own recollection of having worked as a disability examiner is that too many disability examiner decisions---replace disability examiner with unit supervisor---are unfavorable (i.e. too many cases denied). And you have to wonder if examiners are even properly equipped to evaluate such cases. Neurological consults, which are often ordered on stroke cases, only provide snapshots (you don't see all the deficits three months post-cva and the severity of the deficits is subject to change over time).

And, then also, there's the wording of the stroke listing which reads "significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities...". The very language of the listing itself is fairly subjective.

Unfortunately, since the listing stipulates that stroke cases need to be evaluated three months after the occurrence of a stroke (for the severity of the residuals), it doesn't seem as if, in most instances, they'll benefit from Quick disability decision units, unless a QDD examiner is allowed to go the med-voc route (medical vocational disability decision) when evaluating the claim.

However, I would think that strokes cases simply will not go to QDD units. And, if that's the case, I suppose MI (heart attack) cases won't either.

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.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

Filing for disability when a stroke has occurred and memory loss is an issue
Facts about Stroke and Filing for Disability
Facts about Mini Strokes and Filing for Disability
Social Security Disability benefits for stroke
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States
Applying for Social Security Disability or SSI for Stroke
Social Security Disability Status - What can happen if you don't check
When should I call to check the status of a disability claim?
What is usually the status of your Social Security Disability or SSI case?

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

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