Experiencing a stroke can be devastating for people of any age. Whether old or young, 130,000 Americans suffer from strokes each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. According to one study, even a minor stroke could be enough to cause disability. Those who are suffering from the disability qualifying conditions of a stroke, whether it was large or small, should look to apply for Social Security Administration benefits.
WebMD said smaller strokes and transient ischemic attacks may be signs of strokes in the future, but these so called “mini strokes” may actually cause stroke-like symptoms themselves. Researcher Shelagh Coutts, MD, a neurologist at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, said 15 percent of subjects who had a minor stroke or TIA had a disability 90 days later, proving that no stroke is to be taken lightly.
“Time is an issue, and even when patients [show] ‘mild’ deficits they need to be assessed very quickly, and ideally get urgent brain and blood vessel imaging,” she said, according to WebMD. “In many centers, these patients are not seen urgently and this needs to change.”
Whether it be vision loss, inability to move parts of the body or other effects, strokes can often cause long-lasting disabilities that need to be tended to.
The Law Offices of Harold W. Conick and Associates have successfully represented numerous clients who have suffered from strokes. The main debilitating effect is loss of function, which can result from a stroke.