A new study finds that the number of Americans who suffered a stroke or died after suffering a stroke is declining. Those statistics were reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association recently, and they found that stroke fatality rates have dropped over the past two decades. Those declines are consistent among males and females and blacks and whites.
Strokes do continue to remain the number four cause of death in the United States and a major contributor to disability. The fact that fewer people are dying from stroke means more people are surviving strokes as medical interventions increase. People now have more awareness of stroke signs and are able to go to the hospital more quickly when they notice signs of an impending stroke.
All of this does not mean, however, that the challenges involving stroke-related disability have been eliminated. When a person has suffered a stroke, he may be left with some degree of disability, and very often that disability may be too severe for him to go back to work.
Broadly, to be eligible for Social Security disability benefits after suffering a stroke, the stroke must have left you with an impaired ability to speak or write effectively. You must find it difficult to form words or be unable to speak fluently or clearly. You must also have difficulty understanding what other people are saying. Your disability may also make it difficult for you to control the movement of your arms and legs, thereby making it difficult for you to walk or balance.
Social Security typically defers claims based on stroke for at least a few months because many of the long-term effects from stroke are not visible until a few months later.
For help filing your Houston Social Security disability claim, call attorney M. Stanley Whitehead at 713.993.7311 today.