People in Oregon who have suffered in Oregon might consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. A stroke can affect multiple aspects of a person’s life and make formerly routine tasks excruciatingly difficult. Many employment opportunities disappear with the large number of accommodations and extra time that someone who has suffered a stroke would need to perform tasks at a reasonable rate.
One person who knows this personally is Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois. Kirk was a healthy man in the Navy Reserves in his early 50s when he suffered a stroke in January 2012. It took a year of intensive rehabilitation and recovery for Kirk to return to his work in Washington.
Of course, most people don’t have luxury of taking a year off from their duties to get better. Many people who suffer a stroke of the magnitude that Kirk did don’t make it back to work; many of them are older than Kirk, and trying to resume work late in life might prove to be too taxing.
Kirk was also fortunate in that his day-to-day job is not physically taxing. While elected officials do have to travel frequently to attend meetings and meet with constituents, some — such as U.S. senators — can rely on staff members to do much of the metaphorical heavy lifting. This is not a benefit accorded to factory workers or truck drivers, for example.
Social Security disability may be the best option for people in Oregon who need the help. An experienced attorney can help someone apply for benefits and appeals, if necessary.
Source: Lake County News-Sun, “After stroke, Sen. Kirk says ‘rehab works’,” Frank Abderholden, May 3, 2013