As the pandemic continues to linger, we are hearing more and more about the “long-haulers” – those people who have contracted COVID and “recovered” but continue to suffer from debilitating side effects of the virus. These symptoms can make it difficult and even impossible to work. If you have been diagnosed with COVID and recovered but continue to suffer symptoms, you may be entitled to disability benefits. A Tampa Social Security disability attorney can discuss your case with you and whether you may be entitled to benefits.
What is Long COVID?
Researchers believe that long COVID affects approximately 10% to 30% of those who were infected with the coronavirus. While there is no strict definition, COVID long-haulers include people who suffer a wide variety of symptoms several weeks or even months after the initial infection. Even more puzzling, is that it includes all different types of COVID patients – the young and the old, those who had severe infections, and those who had mild infections. Some of the symptoms that long-haulers struggle with include the following:
- Shortness of breath and other respiratory issues
- Severe fatigue
- Muscle weakness
- Difficulty concentrating and memory issues
- Joint pain
- Chest pain
Depending on the nature of your job, these symptoms could have a significant impact on your performance. In addition, continuing to work may make it difficult to recover. If you’re suffering from long COVID, a Tampa Social security disability attorney can help you understand your options.
The Challenge with Long COVID
To qualify for SSD benefits, you need to demonstrate that your physical or mental impairment has prevented or will prevent you from working for at least 12 months. For COVID long-haulers, this is difficult – no one knows how long these cases will last. And while President Biden has directed long COVID to be considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still many questions surrounding whether and how long-haulers would qualify for SSD.
Why You Should Discuss Your Case with a Tampa Social Security Disability Attorney
If you decide to pursue an SSD claim due to long COVID, thorough documentation is critical to getting the benefits you need. As part of your application, you will need to submit the following:
- Documentation of your diagnosis
- Documentation of your symptoms, the limitations they case, and how they affect your ability to work
- Documentation supporting that your inability to work has lasted or will likely last for 12 months or longer
Most people who file claims without legal representation are denied. An experienced SSD lawyer will know how to document your claim so that your case is as strong as possible.
In addition, applying for SSD benefits is a lengthy process. The initial application can take anywhere from three to five months. If denied, it could take as long as 12 months or more if you decide to appeal. A Tampa Social Security disability attorney can avoid delays and help you navigate the claim process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If You’re a COVID Long-Hauler, Speak to a Tampa Social Security Disability Attorney Today
Tampa Social Security Disability Attorney Mike Murburg has been helping people get the benefits they need since 1986. If you think you may have a claim, contact us today at 813-264-5363 to discuss your case and how we can help.