Long haulers are people who have not fully recovered from COVID-19 weeks or even months after first experiencing symptoms.
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, you must demonstrate that your long COVID symptoms prevent you from sustaining full-time competitive employment on a consistent and reliable basis. Your condition must be expected to last and keep you out of work for at least 12 months.
Because long-haul COVID is not always a disability, to be awarded disability benefits medical evaluation will be required to establish if your symptoms substantially limit a major life activity like employment. Establishing a record of debilitating long COVID symptoms over time will be the best evidence to support a disability claim so share your symptom history with your doctor so he or she can document your symptoms in your medical records.
The pandemic has caused big delays for people waiting on disability application decisions. If you are planning to file for disability benefits for any impairment (including long COVID-19) that is preventing you from being able to sustain employment, our advice is to apply as early as you can. If you want a free evaluation of your disability case, call or email us at Cuddigan Law.