A stroke is a significant medical event that can change your life, or the life of a loved one, forever. It can take years to recover from a stroke, and often the event leads to permanent limitations.

Strokes, also called cerebral vascular accidents (CVAs), can affect every part of your body. They can cause not only mental disorders but also physical disabilities. Many stroke victims are unable to return to work for a long time. Others are never able to return.

Trying to recover from a stroke is difficult enough. Now add the medical bills that are piling up because you are unable to work. Financial stress often hinders the recovery.

You may be able to find relief after a stroke. You or your loved one may qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though your limitations may seem obvious to you and those around you, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may still deny your claim. The SSA denies a majority of initial applications, even when those applicants are later found disabled on appeal. You have 60 days to file an appeal, or you have to start over.

Richmond disability lawyer  and Newport News Social Security disability attorney  Corey Pollard is here. Trust him to guide you through the Social Security system. Hiring a lawyer may mean the difference between getting the financial assistance you need or not. We’re ready to help – and there is no fee unless you win.

How Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits for my Stroke?

Let’s take a look at how the SSA evaluates disability applications based on strokes:

Usually the SSA will not make a medical disability determination until at least three months after your stroke happened. Why? Because this provides a better picture of what permanent limitations, if any, you may have. The SSA knows you are disabled following the stroke, but wants to know if you improve to a level where you can perform some type of work.

Social Security’s listing book evaluates cerebral vascular accidents (strokes) under listing 11.04. This listing is entitled Central Nervous System Vascular Accident. To meet this listing, you must prove one of the following more than three months after your stroke:

A. Sensory or motor aphasia: This is damage to the region of the brain that controls language or speech. Damage in this region can cause difficulty communicating and speaking.

B. Severe and constant disorganization of motor function: This refers to paralysis, involuntary movement, tremors, and sensory disorders. These problems must affect at least two extremities and impact your gait and posture or your gross and dexterous movements (using of fingers, hands, and arms).

If you meet the criteria above, your disability application will be approved based on your stroke. If you do not meet the criteria, you may still be approved through a medical-vocational allowance. This happens when a judge determines that you do not have the ability to perform your past work or other work that exists in the national economy based on your age, education, and work experience due to limitations caused by your stroke.

We Help Stroke Victims Win their SSD Appeals

Our law firm is dedicated to helping disabled adults and children in Virginia and Maryland get the disability benefits they deserve. We’ve helped people with all types of disability get approved. We will treat you with respect and help you win your case.

Dealing with a stroke is difficult and stressful. If you or your loved one is feeling hopeless and don’t know where to turn because of medical bills and an inability to work, our disability law firm wants to help. And remember – you don’t pay a dime unless you win your case.