In a nutshell, a stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced. This may be caused either by a blocked artery (ischemic stroke) or a burst blood vessel (hemorrhagic stroke). Depending on the severity of the episode, a stroke may cause temporary or long-term complications, such as loss of muscle movement, difficulty in speaking, or even memory loss.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention, based on a 2014 update that the American Heart Association posted in its journal Circulation, identifies high cholesterol, high blood pressure and/or smoking as the major risk factors for stroke. The report also estimates that around half (49%) of Americans “have at least one of these three risk factors,” which basically means that one of every two Americans is susceptible to a stroke. Perhaps, of equal importance is the bottom part of the statistics presented:
Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability.
Workers in West Virginia, for example, who operate machineries may no longer have the hand dexterity to fiddle with controls, while those in sales will find their speech impediment a great handicap. The good news is that the government offers Social Security Disability benefits to folks whose stroke bars them from further gainful employment.
Hope for the Weary
The Social Security Administration (SSA), however, has very strict guidelines when it comes to approving disability claims. More specifically, the payout will only be given to individuals who can no longer speak or write properly, or have lost control of at least two extremities following a stroke. An experienced Parkersburg, WV social security disability lawyer such as Jan Dils or any one from her team of trusted attorneys, can help you fully comply with the requirements for such a claim.
(Source: Stroke Facts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)