Many people believe a long-hauler is a long-distance traveler or a company that specializes in transporting goods over long distances.
After the onset of COVID-19, the term also is being used for someone who survived the coronavirus but still experiences debilitating symptoms months later.
A recent NPR article profiled a 55-year-old woman who was hospitalized for COVID-19 and needed 12 weeks away from work to recover. Her recovery didn’t mean a return to full health, however. She experienced exhaustion, memory loss, body pain and heart palpitations, and lost her job as a social worker for not being able to perform the work.
Long-haulers, like this woman, are turning to Allsup, the nation’s premier representative for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) to get assistance with applying for this federal insurance program.
Individuals who have worked and paid FICA payroll taxes have this insurance coverage, to assist them with monthly benefits, if a severe disability occurs and is expected to result in death or prevent them from working for 12 months or longer.
However, applying for disability benefits can be an additional ordeal because of the effort required for the initial application, delays at the Social Security Administration, and the complexity if the claim is denied and someone chooses to file appeals with the SSA.
Allsup experts are at the forefront, already assisting former workers who are dealing with healthcare complications and can’t return to their jobs. Read more from Allsup expert T.J. Geist, featured by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Increasingly, customers are beginning to apply for disability benefits either directly due to COVID-19, or because existing health issues worsened after infection with COVID-19.
An experienced disability advocate like Allsup can provide guidance to individuals with disabilities who seek financial relief for a severe medical condition that may have resulted from coronavirus, such as cardiovascular system impairments or respiratory disorders.
Learn how to apply for disability benefits, or take your first steps toward returning to work by visiting TrueHelp.com.