New research indicates that the rate of people experiencing a stroke prior to the age of 55 has increased in recent years. The average age of people experiencing a first-time stroke has dropped by nearly 2.5 years between 2000 and 2012. The study indicates that while the overall stroke rate in the U.S. has decreased, more younger people are suffering strokes.

Strokes are a leading cause of long-term disability in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What is troubling is that when younger people suffer a stroke, the impact on public health may be more profound, according to the study. When a younger person suffers a stroke, the researchers say that the victim may be disabled for a longer period of time and thus require greater medical and financial support.

Other Common Conditions Also Saw Increases In The Same Time Frame

For workers in their 50s, a stroke may result in a long-term impact on the victim’s ability to work. The study did not determine what may be leading to the decrease in average age and the increase in stroke occurrences for people under the age of 55. However, a variety of medical conditions, such as atrial fibrillation, hypertension, and Type 2 diabetes, all of which can increase the risk of stroke, also rose during the same time frame. The research was presented at the at the latest American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions annual meeting.

Do You Have LTD Benefits?

Any disabling event or condition, including a stroke, can be devastating for a worker, and can lead to an extended period of inability to work. For people who have planned ahead and purchased individual disability income insurance, or whose benefits from work include long-term disability insurance protection will be able to look to their insurance coverage to help provide financial support. However, in the event coverage is denied, there may be legal recourse for the victim.

At DeBofsky, Sherman & Casciari, P.C., our seasoned disability lawyers have substantial experience in obtaining benefits for our clients. Our full-service LTD and disability attorneys will help you to get all of the benefits to which you are entitled.

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