Social Security Disability for Long Covid

Posted Date: April 22nd, 2024 |

Evaluating Disability for Individuals with Long COVID

State agencies called Disability Determination Services (DDS) perform initial evaluation of disability claims for SSA. The DDS uses an adjudication team that consists of a physician or psychologist and a specially trained disability examiner to decide whether an individual
is disabled under Social Security law. In evaluating disability for individuals with Long COVID, the team looks at all the available evidence, including the clinical course from the onset of the illness, and considers the impact of the illness on each affected body system.
If the team determines there is not enough information to make a determination, they may call or write you to find out if you have the needed information. If you do not, they may ask you or, in some circumstances, an independent medical source, to provide the information
by performing tests or an examination paid for by the DDS.

Examples of symptoms include:
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath;
• Cough or abnormal auscultation of the lungs;
• Fever;
• Heart palpitations or other cardiovascular
• Coagulopathy;
• Orthostatic intolerance (symptoms worsen on
maintaining upright posture and improve by lying
• Weight loss or malnutrition;
• Edema; and
• Newly developed diabetes or abnormalities in serum glucose.
• Persistent or relapsing fatigue resulting in reduction
or impairment in ability to carry out daily or workrelated activities;
• Post-exertional malaise (worsening of symptoms
after physical, cognitive, or emotional effort);
• Exercise intolerance;
• Respiratory difficulties, such as labored breathing or sudden breathlessness;
• Muscle or joint pain or tenderness;
• Weakness;
• Chest tightness, pain, or tenderness;
• Cognitive impairment(s) such as having difficulty with information processing, memory, or concentration and attention;
• Headaches of a new type, pattern, or severity;
• Changes in taste or smell;
• Gastrointestinal disturbances, discomfort, diarrhea, or constipation;
• Dizziness when standing up;
• Paresthesia (numbness, tingling, or pins-andneedles sensation);
• Sleep problems;
• Tinnitus; or
• Mood changes and new or worsening depression or anxiety

For more information on SSDI  cases with Long COVID or COVID-19 involvement call Jones Law Group, LLC at (614) 545-9998.

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