Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident)

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is when a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks. Both a blockage and a blood vessel break affect the brain. A blocked artery can deprive the brain of blood. A broken blood vessel may cause bleeding in the brain. When a blood clot blocks an artery or a blood vessel breaks, brain damage occurs. The complications from a stroke will depend on the location of the blockage or break. A stroke can cause paralysis or loss of muscle movement, weakness, speech problems, memory loss, balance problems, comprehension problems, pain, and changes in behavior and daily activities.

In evaluating your complications following your stroke, Social Security will consider the following:

  • Sensory or motor problems resulting in ineffective speech or communication
  • Problems with motor function in two extremities

Social Security looks at how complications from your stroke affect your maximum physical ability to perform work-related activities on a continuing basis. Social Security is required to consider the nature and extent of your stroke, and how this condition restricts your ability to sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, push, and pull, as well as your ability to perform postural or manipulative activities (i.e. bending, twisting, stooping, reaching, fingering, or feeling). Social Security will also assess any further limitations that your stroke might cause, such as a need for environmental restrictions, unscheduled breaks, or excessive absences due to symptoms or treatments.

If a stroke interferes with your ability to manage daily activities or maintain employment, Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP can help. Our attorneys help individuals suffering from a stroke fight for disability benefits. If you are disabled because of your stroke, or if you need help determining if you are eligible to receive Social Security benefits because of a stroke, contact Zerbe Garner Blondell & Weldon LLP.

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