Disability Benefits When You Have Long Covid
According to the SSA, 2022 brought an avalanche of new applications related to long Covid. Here’s what you need to know about long Covid and SSDI, including how to apply for disability if the pandemic has impacted your health.
Can Long Covid Keep You from Working?
Long Covid is such a new problem that there’s a lot more we need to understand about it. But as research continues, we’re learning more from people talking about their experiences online.
Long Covid symptoms range from lingering tiredness to debilitating lung issues. The most common symptoms include:
- shortness of breath
- headaches and migraines
- heart palpitations
- mental health problems
- cognitive issues (especially brain fog and memory loss)
According to personal testimony, these symptoms can become so severe they impact a person’s entire life, including their careers. For example, some people with extreme fatigue report they can’t stay awake at work. And cognitive issues can make it impossible to do certain job-related tasks.
However, all of the above symptoms can be hard to prove. So when long Covid drives you to apply for disability, how can you show the SSA you really need the benefits?
Proving Your SSDI Long Covid Claim
SSDI applications always require detailed paperwork. Long Covid claims are no different. To have a successful claim, focus on the details.
A doctor’s statement will be critical. Make sure your doctor clarifies your issues and explains how it impacts your work life.
In addition, put together as many other medical records as possible. Everything from Covid PCR tests to inhaler prescriptions—anything that shows the gravity of what you’ve experienced.
If you have any other pre-existing conditions that might make your experience with Covid more severe, document those as well. Because long Covid is notoriously difficult to prove, these other factors could make a huge difference in your ability to receive benefits.
After all that, the SSA might still deny your application. In fact, they deny the majority of disability claims on the first try. When that happens, you have 60 days to appeal.
Help with Your Long Covid SSDI Appeal
If you do get denied, you’re not alone. You have 60 days to appeal, and we can help.
SSDI appeals work differently than the initial application process. You have the opportunity to work with a lawyer who can help strengthen your claim. You can bring in additional evidence and testimony. And you can correct any mistakes made the first time around.
Our Memphis SSDI appeals lawyers work with you to develop the strongest appeal possible. We care deeply about your claim, and we don’t get paid a cent unless you win. In fact, we’ve even put together a free resource called Your Guide to the Social Security Appeals Process to help you know what to expect.
You only have 60 days to appeal, so don’t wait to get started. We’re ready to help and will answer all your questions. Contact me today at 901-327-2100 or fill out the form below to have us contact you.