Strokes and Social Security Disability Benefits
A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, occurs when blood flow to a certain part of the brain abruptly stops. When this happens, the brain does not receive the oxygen it needs to function and this can result in brain cells dying; this incident can cause permanent brain damage. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor for a stroke to occur. The symptoms of a stroke come in a process and immediate action should be taken if any of these occur in succession; it begins with a headache that starts suddenly and eventually becomes severe, changing position will not help but instead make it worse, and a general loss of control over many of your bodily functions is soon to follow.
Someone who has suffered from a stroke has suffered significant brain damage and most likely would not be suited to work.
Strokes and Social Security Disability Help
If the applicant’s impairment falls within any of the categories set forth by Social Security’s Listing 11.04, then a strong claim may exist. The Listing is as follows;
- Sensory or motor aphasia resulting in ineffective speech or communication; or
- Significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in sustained disturbance of gross and dexterous movements, or gait and station (see 11.00C).
Most stroke victims have suffered damage to their motor functions, resulting in an inability to stand for long periods of time or use either one of their arms effectively (depending on which part of the brain was affected). This disqualifies them from many jobs. Strokes can also cause problems with memory.
If you have any questions about your eligibility please contact us at 1-800-882-5500 or submit your application for a free claim evaluation.