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SSD can provide additional support to brain injury victims

The brain is perhaps the most vulnerable and fragile human organ. Considered the computer of the body, the brain tells it when to breathe; controls blood flow; and determines the personality, feelings and thoughts of people in Maryland. When the brain is permanently damaged, it can alter the course of a victim’s life but Social Security Disability may be able to provide some additional financial support.

Falls are considered the No. 1 cause of traumatic brain injury, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The No. 2 cause is listed as being struck by or against an object and the No. 3 cause is motor vehicle accidents. Any event can lead to a serious TBI with the following complications:

  •          Permanent memory loss
  •          Personality changes
  •          Loss of communication skills
  •          Mobility issues
  •          Seizures or convulsions
  •          Mental confusion

People with a serious brain injury will need long-term treatment and care that may involve physical therapy, vocational therapy, round-the-clock nursing supervision, psychiatric care or speech therapy. Furthermore, they may be unable to return to the workforce or learn new job skills.

Considered a neurological disability according to Social Security, people who have suffered brain trauma may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability. Unlike other conditions, which must be proved to exist at the time that people submit their application for benefits, brain injury victims could have their claim adjudication waived up to six months from the date that the injury occurred. This is because the agency recognizes that brain injuries are often unpredictable in terms of short- and long-term outcomes and it is not always possible for a finding of disability to be made right away.   

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