Any injury to the head can affect a person’s ability to function. In fact, brain injuries are often some of the most debilitating injuries. Many times, those who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) have trouble speaking or walking and may require 24-hour care. A traumatic brain injury can happen when a sudden impact or blow to the head results in damage to the brain. Those who suffer a TBI usually qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
TBIs can range from mild to severe
Traumatic brain injuries usually range from mild to severe. Concussions are often considered mild TBIs. Mild TBIs encompass about 80% of all brain injuries. Sufferers can experience confusion, loss of consciousness for half an hour or less, headaches and dizziness. A severe TBI often causes loss of consciousness for longer than 30 minutes as well as significant impairments like speech, loss of motor function and poor abstract thinking skills
Applying for disability for a brain injury
A person who has suffered a brain injury with mental and physical and mental impairments is usually eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance. Those who are injured and want to apply for these benefits can call the Social Security Administration office or visit the SSA website to begin the process. Sufferers will need to provide records and documentation of medical treatment along with the symptoms and limitations they are experiencing.
Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance may be confusing and challenging to many applicants. Anyone who has questions about SSDI benefits or needs assistance with the application process could get the help they need by speaking with an experienced lawyer. A knowledgeable disability attorney can help an individual file a claim and secure all applicable benefits.