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Do traumatic brain injuries qualify for SSD benefits?

On Behalf of | Feb 3, 2022 | Disability Hearings |

Any sudden blow to the head can result in crippling and life-altering traumatic brain injuries. Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI’s, are some of the most debilitating injuries anyone can suffer. The symptoms of a TBI can be very extensive and severe. These types of injuries often prevent individuals from working and earning a living. Fortunately, workers who suffer traumatic brain injuries may be able to take advantage of Social Security Disability benefits. 

Symptoms of TBI’s 

Sometimes, symptoms of brain injuries may be mild and only temporary. However, many symptoms of TBI’s can be severe and may make working impossible for the injured individual. Some common symptoms of traumatic brain injuries include confusion, memory loss, speech difficulties, dizziness, seizures and mood swings 

Is a TBI considered a disability? 

The Social Security Administration will be very thorough in its evaluation of an individual’s application before they approve a disability claim. For an individual to be considered “disabled” by the Social Security Administration, he or she will have to verify that the disability will last at least a year or result in death. Most of the time, mild brain injuries will generally not be considered a disability. However, TBI’s with more severe symptoms such as bleeding or brain damage are the types that will prevent a person from working and thus be considered a disability by the Social Security Administration. 

A traumatic brain injury can make holding down a job impossible. Workers who have questions or want to know more about applying for Social Security Disability benefits may want to consider contacting a trusted disability attorney. A seasoned legal representative can assess an individual’s claim and offer invaluable advice relative to the person’s specific case. 

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