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DisabilityCan COVID-19 Long Haulers Receive Disability Benefits? 

October 14, 2021

The pandemic has made it clear: Coronavirus affects patients differently. Some recover in a matter of days, while others struggle for weeks. Many are hospitalized. The aftermath of a positive COVID test is as worrisome as the virus itself. There are those called “long haulers” who suffer long-term effects, with ongoing symptoms that last for months – or indefinitely. This blog takes a closer look at COVID-19 long haulers — and the federal disability protections that are now provided to them. 

Social Security Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O.’s Social Security Disability team can help you secure benefits needed  to support yourself. Chellsie Weber, our wildly successful and experienced disability attorney, and Abby Reid, our wonderful and thorough disability paralegal, can offer support and advice as it pertains to your disability and the benefits approval process. Remember, you’re more likely to have a successful disability claim with an attorney by your side. Call us today at 402-991-2100. You also can share your story here.

Federal Disability Protections for COVID-19 

President Joe Biden made an announcement in July — on the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — saying that individuals dealing with the long-term effects and symptoms of COVID-19 would be covered by federal disability protections moving forward. 

The President pointed out that many individuals who have suffered from COVID are experiencing long-term symptoms that have impacted their ability to work.. Many of those who are long haulers were on a ventilator at some point during their medical treatment. Common symptoms include chronic fatigue, migraines, digestive issues, respiratory problems, memory issues, and mood disorders. 

While qualifying for federal disability protections can help you in your daily living and offer some protections in the workplace and ensure accommodations in many places, those protections do not guarantee an approval for disability benefits. However, you may be able to be approved for disability benefits based on your symptoms or one of the other conditions or syndromes that result from COVID.

How New ADA Protections Help COVID Long Haulers

The ADA offers individuals with a disability two basic protections. Under the ADA, an employer cannot discriminate against a worker for having that condition and the employer must provide reasonable accommodations so the employee can handle their job duties without creating an undue burden for the employer. 

Some of the COVID long haulers suffer inflammation of the brain, respiratory issues, difficulty using the hands or legs, migraines, and other issues. In these cases, the individual may need to avoid breathing hazards such as dust or inhalants, or they may not be able to stand for long periods so they may need a job that allows them to sit for longer periods. If they are facing inflammation of the brain, chronic fatigue syndrome, or mild neurocognitive disorders, the worker may not be able to keep up with the job and accommodations may not be beneficial. 

COVID-19 Long Hauler Disability Attorney in Nebraska and Iowa 

If you are a COVID long hauler who has suffered, or is expected to suffer, for at least one year from symptoms that affect your ability to work and sustain your daily routine, you should speak with an experienced disability attorney who is familiar with the federal social security disability laws. Watson and Carroll, L.C., P.P.O., has a team of knowledgeable lawyers who are familiar with all aspects of the disability claims process and who understand the ADA and know the rights and protections available to disabled workers. If you are a COVID long hauler who is suffering from ongoing issues because of COVID, you should call for a case evaluation. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is advocating for disability benefits or a medical malpractice claim, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

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