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A brain injury changes you: Get the SSD benefits you deserve

It does not matter how good of shape you were in. If you sustained a serious head injury, you may no longer be able to work. Some traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can require around-the-clock support, and some TBI sufferers may have difficulty walking or talking.

While no amount of money can make up for what you have lost, you may be entitled to Social Security (SSD or SSDI) benefits. These benefits can help you take care of yourself and provide for your family despite being unable to work.

In a situation like this, it’s important to apply for disability benefits correctly. In your SSD/SSDI application, make sure you complete all aspects of the form. Include medical documents and paperwork from your various appointments as requested.

What happens if your claim is denied?

If your claim is denied, it is important that you appeal the decision right away. Denials are very common, but a denial doesn’t mean you don’t have a claim. It may just mean you need to provide additional information.

For example, you may need to provide proof that your injury affects your day-to-day life. An SSD lawyer can advise you about whether to include evidence like a video or photographs, additional medical information or letters from your medical provider. You may also need to include witness information or incident reports.

Getting a denial is difficult, and it does make the process go on longer, but it is your right to appeal. An attorney can help you appeal the denial and understand why it was denied in the first place. With the right support, you’ll have a much better chance of an approval when you seek an appeal through the Social Security Administration.

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