Traumatic brain damage and SSDI
Traumatic brain damage injures and kills a number of people across the United States. At least 138 people are killed every day from traumatic brain injuries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Furthermore, TBI is a contributing factor in approximately 30 percent of injury deaths each year. At McGowan & Cecil, LLC, we understand the effect that traumatic brain injury can have on your life.
People who are suffering from brain trauma may find it difficult to return to work, as this type of damage can have major effects on the brain. Depending on what part of the brain was injured and how severe the damage is, people may be unable to focus on a task, problem-solve, perform simple cognitive tasks or communicate with others. Some people may experience sensory deficits, such as problems seeing, hearing and understanding language. Traumatic brain injuries can lead to epileptic disorders, spinal cord trauma and even unconsciousness.
Social Security Disability Insurance is designed to financially assist those who have difficulties functioning on a daily basis. According to the SSA, to qualify for SSDI for a traumatic brain injury, the person must have physical dysfunction in two extremities, be unable to stand up from sitting or balance while walking or standing. The patient may also qualify if they have problems with mental functioning, such as understanding or remembering information, managing oneself or interacting with others. In either case, the symptoms must persist for at least three months following the accident.
To learn more about obtaining financial support after suffering a brain injury, visit our page on Social Security Disability.