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disability benefits, stroke victims, ischemic strokes, Cook County Social Security disability attorney, long-term disabilityAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strokes are a “leading cause of serious long-term disability” in the United States. Each year, the CDC says roughly 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke—the vast majority of them for the first time. About 87 percent of all strokes are classified as ischemic strokes, where the “blood flow to the brain is blocked.”

This is what makes strokes so dangerous. Depriving the brain of blood and oxygen for even a few seconds can produce catastrophic consequences. Over time, the lingering after-effects of a stroke can degrade a person's ability to engage in meaningful work. Eventually, the victim may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

Court Questions Social Security's Timeline for Stroke Victim's Disability Benefits

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legally disabled, Social Security disability benefits, effects of a stroke, Chicago Social Security disability lawyer, stroke victimsStrokes are one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the United States, according to figures published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. About 795,000 Americans suffer a stroke each year—and roughly 25 percent of those individuals have had at least one previous stroke. Overall, the CDC estimates strokes cost the United States about $34 billion annually in health care services and lost productivity.

Federal Appeals Court Rejects Social Security's Findings on Disability Applicant's Need for Cane

In many cases, stroke victims are left unable to work and may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. These cases pose a special challenge for disability claimants, since the long-term and residual effects of a stroke are not always as readily ascertainable as other kinds of impairments. Social Security administrative law judges (ALJs) also have an unfortunate habit of going out of their way to minimize a stroke victim's disability as a pretext for denying benefits.

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