Disabling Injuries: March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

As we have mentioned before on our Minneapolis Social Security Disability blog, traumatic brain injuries may lead to severe and permanent disabilities, especially when brain injuries are not properly diagnosed or treated. In order to create more awareness about the serious short-term and long-term consequences of brain injuries in the U.S., March has been designated as National Brain Injury Awareness Month.

Brain injuries are often associated with car accident victims and war veterans. However, folks may also suffer from brain injuries after slipping and falling on a patch of ice or after being hurt in a sporting event. It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people suffer brain injuries every year. Some brain injuries are minor and may only require folks to take a couple of days off of work or school to recover. But traumatic brain injuries may lead to permanent disabilities, preventing folks from being able to work, go to school or serve in the military.

Brain injuries cannot always be avoided. Sometimes terrible accidents happen without any warning. However, some of the effects of brain injuries may be avoided or minimized when these types of injuries are immediately detected.

Individuals who have suffered brain injuries may need extensive medical treatment for several months or years in order to recover from their injuries and to regain some of the functions they may have lost. Medical treatment for severe brain injuries is costly, and without being able to work to pay for these medical expenses and other living expenses, folks may need to rely on Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.

Individuals who are eligible to obtain SSDI benefits may also be able to obtain medical benefits. A disabled worker who receives SSDI benefits may be able to start receiving Medicare benefits once it has been more than two years since the Social Security Administration officially concluded the worker was indeed disabled.

When enrolling in Medicare, SSDI recipients may have different options to choose from. Folks who are suffering from brain injuries will want to make sure they choose an option that best suits their medical needs so that they can continue to get the treatment that is necessary to help them recover from their injuries.

Source: Redstone Rocket, "Brain injuries can strike victims universally," March 6, 2013

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