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Could You Be Eligible for Disability Benefits with Long Covid?

Testing positive for Covid is taxing, and throws off your daily routines. Fortunately, many recover in a matter of weeks. However, with Long Covid, residual symptoms could continue long-term and range from mild to severe. In the most serious cases, sufferers could lose their ability to work due to their symptoms. In that case, help may be available.

What is Long Covid?

Long Covid, also known as post-acute COVID-19 syndrome, is a condition that causes people to experience symptoms of COVID-19 for an extended period after their initial infection. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Aches and pains
  • Difficulty with concentration and memory
  • Anxiety and depression.

Some people with Long Covid have also reported ongoing issues with their immune systems, leading to frequent infections.  

Although Long Covid’s prevalence is not yet fully understood, studies suggest they may affect a significant portion of those who have recovered from Covid-19. For example, a study published in the Lancet in October 2020 found that about one-third of patients hospitalized with Covid-19 continued to experience symptoms for at least three weeks after being discharged. This could mean one out of three Covid patients could be susceptible to Long Covid.

How Do I Treat Long Covid?

Currently, there is no specific treatment for Long Covid. Symptom management is often the best approach, such as rest, exercise, and over-the-counter pain medications. Some people with Long Covid have also found relief through physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other rehabilitation services. 

If you’re struggling to cope with the impact of Long Covid on your daily life, it may be helpful to seek support from friends, family, and mental health professionals. Overall, Long Covid is a serious condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s physical and mental health.

It’s also crucial to seek medical attention and to consider all options for managing symptoms and improving quality of life. Fortunately, in some cases, disability benefits may be available to help cover the cost of medical treatment and other expenses related to the potentially impairing condition.

Do I Need a Disability Attorney for My Long Covid?

It’s important to remember that everyone’s experience with Long Covid is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. It may take some trial and error to find the best approach for managing your symptoms. However, if your Long Covid symptoms are so severe that you are unable to work or perform daily activities, you may be eligible for disability benefits. A disability attorney can help you navigate the process of applying for these benefits and help you understand your rights. 

How to Apply for Disability Benefits for Long Covid

The first step in getting help from a disability attorney is to gather all the necessary documentation. This may include medical records, proof of income, and a letter from your doctor detailing your condition and your ability to work. You will also need to complete an application form and provide any additional information requested by the disability determination agency. It is important to be honest and thorough in your application, as any discrepancies or omissions could delay the process or result in your claim being denied. 

A disability attorney can help you gather the necessary documentation and ensure that your application is complete and accurate. If your claim is approved, you will receive monthly payments to help cover your living expenses and any medical treatment you may need. You may also be eligible for additional benefits such as healthcare coverage and vocational training.

What if My Long Covid Claim is Denied?

If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. A disability attorney can help you prepare for the appeals process and represent you at the hearing. They can also help you negotiate a settlement if your claim is approved but the amount of benefits offered is insufficient.

It is important to note that disability benefits are not guaranteed, and the process can be complex and time-consuming. However, a disability attorney can help you navigate the process and advocate for your rights, increasing your chances of obtaining the benefits you need to support yourself and your family. 

We’re Here to Help

Long Covid disability claims are complicated, with many denied by the SSA. At Kerr Robichaux & Carroll, no case is too tough for us. We will be your advocates and build your strongest case to help win the benefits you need. We understand how difficult it is to seek benefits while struggling with a disabling condition, which is why we’ll walk you through the claims process and protect your rights every step of the way. That way, you can focus on feeling better.

Contact us today by submitting a form or calling our office at 503-255-9092 for a free case evaluation.

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