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Disability Benefits for Long COVID

June 24, 2022

The lasting effects from COVID-19, often called Long COVID, can be debilitating. These COVID “Long Haulers” can experience an array of disruptive, sometimes severe and even painful symptoms. If you are no longer able to work or can no longer earn a gainful income because of Long COVID symptoms, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability Benefits.

In this video, Balin Law Attorney Melissa Yasinow explains more.

NOTE: Social Security Disability Attorneys only get paid when you get paid. Social Security pays us directly, 25% of the past-due benefits they owe you. No startup fees, no ongoing fees, no hidden fees. You will never pay $1 out of pocket.

Transcript from video:

Hello, my name is Melissa Yasinow, and I’m an attorney at Balin Law. In this video, we are going to talk about what it means to have Long COVID and how Balin Law can help COVID long haulers get the disability benefits they deserve.

Since the global pandemic exploded in March 2020, over 80 million Americans have caught COVID-19. Although many people can, and have, recovered from this virus, millions have struggled with ongoing, new or returning health problems. Studies suggest that anywhere between 10 and 50% of people infected with COVID-19 will go on to develop health problems in the weeks and months after infection. And unfortunately, some of those long haulers will not be able to return to work because of their disability.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to Long COVID. Although some studies suggest that middle-aged women are the ones most likely to develop Long COVID, it can happen to anyone, regardless of race, sex or age. In fact, Long COVID can even happen to people with only mild cases of COVID who never had to go to the hospital.

Long COVID can impact just about any part of your body and present with a dizzying array of physical and mental symptoms. Each case of long COVID is unique. However, here are some common long COVID symptoms.

Long COVID Symptoms

Heart, Lung, and Blood Problems

  • Chest pains
  • Heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat
  • Heart inflammation
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Blood clots

Heart and lung problems can include chest pains, heart palpitations or rapid heartbeat, heart inflammation, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. Long haulers can also suffer from blood clots that can cause complications for your brain, heart and lungs.

Neurological Problems

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Brain fog
  • Dizziness
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Sleep issues
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Loss of taste or smell

These neurological problems can include chronic fatigue, headaches, brain fog, dizziness, memory and concentration problems, sleep issues, unexplained rashes, and ongoing loss of taste or smell. In fact, recent studies show that even mild COVID infections can cause brain damage and we are only just beginning to understand its impact.

Acute and Chronic Pain

  • Muscle soreness and pain
  • Joint pain
  • Stomach pain
  • Headaches
  • Nerve pain

This pain can present anywhere in the body. Most often, our long COVID clients report pain in their muscles and joints. However, those with long COVID can also have stomach pain, headaches, or even unexplained nerve pain throughout their bodies or in their arms and legs.

Mental Health Disabilities

  • Mood swings
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • PTSD

COVID-19 can be a source of great stress and trauma. As a result, long haulers may also experience mood swings, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.

You may be experiencing several of these issues to different degrees, some affecting your daily life more than others.

Can I get Disability for Long COVID?

If you’re wondering, can I get disability for Long COVID, the answer is it depends on how much it is affecting your daily life, and more importantly, how it is affecting your ability to do your job.

At Balin Law, we understand the seriousness of long COVID and the complex and debilitating symptoms you may be experiencing. Deciding to file for Social Security disability can be intimidating and scary, and that is why you should not have to apply for Social Security disability benefits on your own. Although long COVID is new, we at Balin Law have decades of experience winning disability cases, and although we’re based in Ohio, we represent clients across the United States.

Get Help Filing for Disability

In choosing Balin Law, you will have a dedicated team of professionals helping you every step of the way, from filling out paperwork, to obtaining medical records, to zealously arguing your case in front of a disability Law Judge. You will even have your own dedicated case manager to answer your questions, keep you organized and keep you in the know. Balin Law makes applying for disability faster, easier, and less stressful, and you will have a better chance of winning with our team by your side.

We are so committed to helping you win your case that we never ask for any upfront fees or for anything out of pocket. Instead, we get paid by Social Security only when we win your case.

With over 40 years experience, we know that Balin brings benefits. Do not wait to contact our experienced Social Security disability attorneys and to schedule your free consultation today.

If you or someone you know has Long COVID, Balin Law is here to help.

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