Covid-19 has been affecting everyone in different ways, and we are now in the process of seeing the consequences in long haulers. People suffering long-term consequences after a Covid-19 infection, referred to as long haulers, are experiencing complications well after the illness has left their system. And some people are even applying for disability benefits because of it.
Can long haulers get disability benefits?
Although Covid-19 can be devastating, not many applicants are earning disability benefits. The primary reason behind this application outcome is that an illness needs to affect someone (or is expected to) for at least a year, and most Covid-19 applicants do not meet this threshold.
This does not mean that it will be impossible for long haulers to secure disability benefits. To help support the pursuit, President Joe Biden is pursuing legislation that will make the symptoms of Covid-19 recognized as a disability according to federal law.
How does someone qualify for benefits?
It is possible for long haulers to secure Social Security disability benefits, and it is even more likely if they have other disabling health complications as well. If you are considering applying for disability benefits, there are a few precautions you can follow that can help you:
- Do not wait to apply for benefits
- Keep thorough documentation of your condition and symptoms
- Stay aware of the financial restrictions
- Prepare to wait to earn your benefits
- Seek the help of a disability attorney
The application process for Social Security disability benefits can be difficult and even harder if you struggle with long-haulers symptoms or other medical conditions. You do not need to make it harder on yourself by trying to earn these benefits by yourself.
Long haulers may be a new wave of disability applicants
With an increase in the number of long haulers of Covid-19 and possible future legislation to support them, there may be many people applying for Social Security disability benefits. With a sudden increase in applicants, it can take a long time to secure the benefits you may need, so be sure to act now if you believe you deserve disability benefits for your long hauler symptoms.