Strokes (also called cerebrovascular accident or CVA)
A stroke results from a rapid loss of brain function as a result of reduced blood supply to the brain. Blood flow can be due to a reduction of blood flow resulting from a blockage or hemorrhage. Therefore, the brain is not able to function as it normally would. People who have had a stroke (CVA) may find it difficult to formulate words, have slurred speech, loss of vision, weakness and difficulty moving limbs, paralysis, loss of memory, etc.
Certain factors can contribute to one’s chances of becoming the victim of a stroke such as: old age, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, etc.
Sometimes, people may be unaware that they even had a stroke because they are not experiencing any outward symptoms. This is usually referred to as a “silent stroke”. Of course, one can also suffer a massive stroke with immediate and debilitating results.
Regulations concerning Social Security Disability benefits refer to strokes under the heading of Neurological Disorders. There are other impairments listed by them under Neurological Disorders as well, such as, Epilepsy, Brain Tumors, Parkinson’s Disease (Parkinsonian Syndrome), Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, Peripheral Neuropathies, etc.
Early treatment can be helpful in reducing the effects of one’s stroke. Many victims of a stroke may have a full and nearly complete recovery.
Fortunately, diagnostic testing can quickly establish the extent of damage and the diagnosis.
Cerebrovascular accidents, when severe enough, may prevent an individual from returning to employment on a permanent basis.
It is important that your treating doctors note your symptoms as a part of your treatment record. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing.
We understand your concerns and that it’s difficult to deal with a government agency when you are trying to also deal with your debilitating condition. We are available to help you through the process of applying for your disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Contact us at 800-641-9781 and let our experience help you.
At the Law Offices of Gary Glenn, we have assisted many clients who have suffered from a stroke in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits.