COVID-19 is not officially listed as a disability for disability benefits, but some cases may still qualify.
DETROIT, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES, Nov. 12, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — As more people experience cases of prolonged COVID-19, it raises questions about Social Security Disability (SSD) and COVID-19, particularly whether this new type condition is eligible for disability benefits.
There is no simple answer.
President Joe Biden announced in the summer that Americans suffering from long-haul COVID may be protected from discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), but federal government guidelines do not automatically classify long-haul COVID as a disease. physical disability.
Social Security has not officially listed this disease as a limitation that a person may qualify for financial aid if they are unable to work due to health problems.
But the presence of a specific illness or condition is not the only basis for awarding disability benefits. In order to qualify for benefits, a person’s medical conditions, regardless of diagnosis, must be sufficiently debilitating to banish them from the workforce for at least 12 months.
For those suffering from prolonged COVID, that’s good and bad. Help might be available, but it will take time and effort to prove that a person’s individual condition qualifies for Social Security disability.
Because COVID has not been around that long, many people with long-term COVID may not yet meet the requirement that their disability be incapacitated for more than a year.
Meanwhile, for people who are already receiving disability benefits for other medical conditions, the pandemic has caused some changes in the Social Security disability process, including closed Social Security offices and COVID-19 interruptions in the ongoing disability assessments for people whose benefits are being paid. be re-evaluated after a certain period of time. of years.
In such a fluid and uncertain environment, applicants can best be helped by consulting with experienced Social Security disability attorneys.
Based in Detroit, the Levine Benjamin Law Firm can help Michigan and Ohio residents find their best path forward to get financial aid in cases of life-changing, long-term COVID.
The company has been monitoring the effect of COVID-19 on the disability benefit system from the start of the pandemic. And it’s been helping people get their rightful disability benefits for over 57 years.
Read more about applying for disability benefits during COVID-19.
Gary Bimberg, Managing Partner
Levine Benjamin Law Firm
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