There are many COVID -19 sufferers who barely escape the infection with their lives. Some of them will need intensive rehabilitation over months or years to have a chance at recovering their old selves. Because of the unpredictability of this virus, there are seemingly mildly infected people who also become what is known as “long haulers,” suffering ongoing and disabling effects. Unable to work a full schedule or at all, exhaustion, brain fog and pain fill their days.
Eligibility for benefits is uncertain – for now
What some medical experts loosely define as a “post-viral syndrome,” raises questions about eligibility for disability benefits. To have a chance at qualifying for Social Security Disability (SSD), you need to have a medical diagnosis that affects your capacity to work for at least 12 months. Many persons, however, are seeking legal help and preparing their claims now.
Continue medical care
The potential fallout in sufferers’ health and finances is potentially staggering. Long haulers may feel alone, but it is predicted that up to 10% of those who get COVID-19 will have lingering and disabling conditions that affect their ability to work. If you suffer from symptoms brought on by the virus, it is important to continue medical treatment, including evaluations that can lead to a diagnosis.
Seek legal advice
Getting a solid legal opinion of your situation is also important. Because the reaction to the pandemic and its effects can change rapidly, it is important to reach out to a legal professional you can trust regarding your SSD rights.