Can I Collect Disability If I Have a Brain Injury?

Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? According to the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA), the organization’s campaign this year is focusing on the theme “Not Alone”. Photo of Social Security cards

The BIAA reports that it is attempting to educate the public about the incidence of brain injury and the needs of people with brain injuries and their families. “The campaign also lends itself to outreach within the brain injury community to de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available,” the organization said.

Sadly, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a significant problem in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between 2002 and 2006, about 52,000 people died each year from a TBI. Additionally, 275,000 people were hospitalized and 1.37 million visited emergency rooms.

For more information about how you can get involved in the BIAA campaign, you can visit the source link below.

Collecting Social Security Disability with a Brain Injury

Our Social Security disability attorneys receive inquiries regularly about benefit eligibility when it comes to traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Keep in mind, certain victims may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits if they suffer from a TBI or head injury.

Remember, to obtain Social Security benefits, a person must be able to show that he or she cannot work. The Social Security Administration bases this on a residual functional capacity (RFC) form, which notes his or her limitations and impairments. For people with brain injuries, making sure that there is proof that they cannot function in a normal work environment is vital in obtaining benefits.

We suggest working with a disability attorney if you have questions about collecting SSDI and you have a brain injury, as there are very specific qualifications when it comes to eligibility.

Troutman & Troutman, P.C. – Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers

Troutman Touts: An estimated 5.3 million Americans currently live with a brain injury.

Source: http://www.biausa.org/brain-injury-awareness-month.htm



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