Injuries to the head are often debilitating. Anytime someone receives a blow to the head, they may be at risk for traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injuries can be extreme and permanent, or they may have no obvious symptoms at all. Fortunately, individuals who suffer a traumatic brain injury are often able to obtain Social Security Disability Insurance benefits.
The types of TBIs
Traumatic brain injuries affect how the brain works. They may be caused by blows or jolts to the head, as often seen in car accidents. TBIs are typically classified from mild to severe. Mild TBIs are considered concussions and, according to the CDC, account for about 80% of all brain injuries. Mild TBIs can cause a person to suffer a loss of consciousness, usually for less than half an hour.
Although they are called “mild”, these types of brain injuries can also include more serious symptoms like confusion, dizziness, headaches and memory loss. Severe traumatic brain injuries can affect an individual for months or even the rest of their life. Symptoms of severe TBIs include more significant cognitive impairments such as speech and language abnormalities, loss of motor function, memory loss and persistent headaches.
Obtaining disability benefits
Traumatic brain injuries can cause lasting and sometimes permanent mental and physical impairments. When a brain injury prevents a person from working and earning a living, he or she can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. However, the process for obtaining SSDI benefits can be arduous and confusing. By speaking with an experienced legal professional, applicants can obtain much-needed guidance on how to move forward.