How to Obtain Disability Benefits for a Traumatic Brain Injury
Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Mar 15, 2016 in Qualifying Conditions
With March as Brain Injury Awareness month, it is important to understand how Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can impact individuals, their caregivers and society at large.
Traumatic brain injuries are acute injuries to the brain that can be caused by a variety of factors such as falls, sports mishaps, car collisions, assaults and firearms. Injuries range in severity from mild amnesia to permanent comas. Some injuries may heal over time while others will not get better and may even worsen.
At least 2.5 million people suffer from TBIs every year in the United States. This means that every 13 seconds an American sustains a TBI. Fortunately, the SSA recognizes the need for disability benefits for a brain injury.
Disability Benefits for a Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries are listed in the SSA’s blue book of impairments under cerebral trauma. This listing refers to a range of impairments that TBIs may produce like seizures, strokes or mental disorders. If your disability symptoms match a particular listing’s requirements, you may be able to receive approval for benefits.
If you are not found by Social Security to be disabled according to the blue book, you will undergo an evaluation to see whether you can work or not. If you can work, you will be analyzed to determine what type of work you can perform. Your emotional, physical and sensory limitations will be assessed using a residual functional capacity (RFC) form. Social Security will also take into account your age, education and work experience.
Because TBIs are unique for each person, it may be challenging to determine long-term disability variables. Social Security states that individuals can only receive benefits if they have been disabled for more than 12 months. However, if there is severe neurological damage, someone may be found to be disabled after three months of his or her injury. Reassessments will take place at later dates.
If you have suffered the devastation of a TBI, you are not alone. Contact the disability lawyers at Phillips Disability to find out how you can apply for disability benefits.