Many Americans are at risk for having a stroke, and many Americans suffer from strokes every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that more than 795,000 Americans have a stroke each year.
Out of the people who have strokes every year, roughly 610,000 are first-time strokes, while about 185,000 are individuals who have already suffered a stroke in the past, according to the CDC.
A stroke can be life changing and even deadly. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a stroke can save a life and reduce the length of disability. The signs and symptoms of a stroke include:
- Sudden weakness or numbness in the face or arm, particularly on one side of the body
- Trouble speaking or understanding others
- Sudden vision trouble
- Sudden inability to walk or lack of balance
- Sudden severe headache
If you notice these warning signs, it is vital to call 911 immediately and wait for an ambulance instead of driving someone to the hospital. Studies have shown that patients had less disability three months after suffering a stroke if they arrived at the emergency room within three hours of exhibiting their first symptoms.
Individuals who survive a stroke may have long-term disabilities that make it impossible to continue working. Social Security disability benefits may be available for people who had a stroke. SSDI benefits can help pay for your monthly expenses, which can be impossible to afford if you are no longer able to work and require medical care and treatment.
Applying for benefits can be complicated and many applications are denied the first time. Working with a skilled SSDI attorney can help guide you through this process to try and receive benefits.