COVID-19 and its current effect on the state of Florida is a hot topic, but not many people are discussing what happens once the imminent threat of contracting the virus lessens. For many, life won’t go back to the way it was right away, if ever. In fact, many people will likely choose to seek out an Ocala social security disability attorney and apply for help while they recover from long-term health effects.
Long-Term Physical Health Effects
The physical aftermath of being diagnosed with COVID-19 is already becoming evident. Severe respiratory infections often create a generalized shortness of breath that lasts for weeks, months, or even years. COVID-19 patients who developed Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome have a higher risk of developing long-term health problems. Additionally, those who have lower lung function after recovering from the virus could see negative effects on other organs, including the kidneys, heart, and even the brain.
Long-Term Mental Health Effects
Medical experts also expect to see an increase in mental health problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in patients who were placed in the intensive care unit. Most often, these patients will develop depression, anxiety, or other symptoms related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Specifically, they may be diagnosed with Post-intensive care syndrome. PCIS often presents as a combination of psychiatric, physical, and cognitive impairments that range from mild memory loss to long-term weakness and decreased mental sharpness.
Social Security Disability May Be an Option
Some patients who recover from COVID-19 but have long-term ailments in the aftermath will be unable to return to work. In these cases, patients may wish to apply for social security disability to help with basic survival needs. The social security application process can be quite complicated though, so it’s important to hire a social security disability attorney in Ocala. A knowledgeable lawyer can help you through the application process, work with you if you receive a denial, or otherwise need help during the process.
If you decide applying for social security disability is the right move for you, hire an attorney right away to avoid prolonging the process. Contact the Law Office of JW Chalkley III, PA at (866) 629-7511 or fill out the online contact form.