Brain injuries are some of the most devastating injuries after an accident. They have long term consequences that can severely impair a person’s mental and cognitive abilities, ultimately affecting his ability to work and earn a living. These disabilities can leave a person unable to function at the very worst and unable to perform many tasks that would earn him a living. A person with a traumatic brain injury (TBI) may be unable to work and earn a living placing him and his family at risk of financial catastrophe. If your loved one has suffered an injury, it’s important that you look into filing a claim for SSDI benefits as quickly as possible.
To qualify for benefits, you need to meet the following criteria:
Your injury must leave you incapable of performing activities that would help you earn an income. For example, if you suffer from speech or language problems, or inability or lowered ability to use your arms and legs, or now have a lowered IQ that’s at least 15 points below the level at the time of the accident, you may qualify for benefits based on significant impairments that disrupt your ability to perform work-related tasks.
Your injury must have lasted for or must be expected to last for a minimum period before you can apply for benefits. Typically, that period is 12 months, but in the case of traumatic brain injuries, you may be able to qualify just three months after suffering a severe injury that leaves you with a severe disability.
Remember, traumatic brain injury on its own is not listed as a qualifying condition in the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments that qualify for disability, but a person with a number of neurological disorders and conditions that occur as a result of the injury may be eligible for benefits.
If your loved one has suffered TBI that leaves him with severe neurological, cognitive and mental deficits, discuss filing a claim for benefits with M. Stanley Whitehead, a Houston Social Security disability benefits lawyer.