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Cerebellar Stroke and Social Security Disability Benefits

Deborah came to Balin Law after she suffered a stroke in 2015. The stroke was known as a cerebellar stroke which knocked her balance off. Cerebellar stroke also causes dizziness and headaches along with double vision and trouble with coordination.


Disabled after a cerebellar stroke

cerebellar stroke


Deborah went through rehabilitation but it made her capacity to function slower. Deborah also has diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Her body’s capacity to function just wasn’t the same as it used to be leaving her unable to work like she once could.


Deborah says, “My experience with Balin Law was great. They were very helpful. It was a long road and I appreciate all that Balin Law has done to help me. I had been denied disability a couple of times before and Balin Law hung with me until I received benefits.”


At Balin Law, we are committed to serving our clients to get them the disability benefits they deserve – whether it’s in the beginning stages of filing a claim or fighting beside our clients in court to appeal a case.


Social Security Disability After a Stroke


Can you get Social Security disability after a stroke? The short answer is yes. The standard requirement is that one is unable to work because of a medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least 12 months or result in death. For more detailed information on the SSA eligibility requirements for stroke victims, see the Disability Evaluation under section 11.04 “Vascular insult to the brain” for more information. Note that Section I of the the introduction gives the following information and clarification on section 11.04 first:

I. What is vascular insult to the brain, and how do we evaluate it under 11.04?

  1. Vascular insult to the brain (cerebrum, cerebellum, or brainstem), commonly referred to as stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is brain cell death caused by an interruption of blood flow within or leading to the brain, or by a hemorrhage from a ruptured blood vessel or aneurysm in the brain. If you have a vision impairment resulting from your vascular insult, we may evaluate that impairment under the special senses body system, 2.00.
  2. We need evidence of sensory or motor aphasia that results in ineffective speech or communication under 11.04A (see 11.00E). We may evaluate your communication impairment under listing 11.04C if you have marked limitation in physical functioning and marked limitation in one of the four areas of mental functioning.
  3. We generally need evidence from at least 3 months after the vascular insult to evaluate whether you have disorganization of motor functioning under 11.04B, or the impact that your disorder has on your physical and mental functioning under 11.04C. In some cases, evidence of your vascular insult is sufficient to allow your claim within 3 months post-vascular insult. If we are unable to allow your claim within 3 months after your vascular insult, we will defer adjudication of the claim until we obtain evidence of your neurological disorder at least 3 months post-vascular insult.


Have you suffered from a cerebellar stroke that’s left you unable to work like you once could? Call Balin Law today to discuss your options. 866-492-2546