Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Traumatic Brain Injury Social Security Disability SSI - Applying for Disability for TBI

TBI, or traumatic brain injury, cases, are evaluated in the same manner as other disability claims filed with the social security administration. After a claim is initiated at a local social security office, it is transferred to a state agency where it is assigned to an examiner who is responsible for gathering the claimant's medical records and determining the following:

A. Is the claimant's condition severe?
B. If the claimant has reduced physical or mental functionality, what is the claimant's residual functional capacity?
C. Does the claimant's level of functioning allow for a return to past work or allow for the option of performing other work?
D. Will the claimant's inability to work last for at least a minimum of one year?

The following pages address certain aspects of the social security disability and SSI disability programs and concern issues such as disability back pay, the chances of being approved for disability at a hearing, how to initiate claims, and finding representation for assistance on claims. For additional information on the disability system, you may choose to follow the link at the top of this page that leads to Disability which includes a page on traumatic brain injury (in the medical conditions section of the site).

1. How to Claim Disability Benefits from the Social Security Administration
2. Do you automatically file for your children when you file for disability
3. Why do disability lawyers sometimes not take cases?
4. Is a disability hearing your best chance of being approved?
5. Attorney for a Disability Claim
6. If I get approved for disability will I get back pay ?

What follows is basic information on TBI, Traumatic Brain Injury:

Approximately one million Americans suffer from head injuries that result in traumatic brain injury each year. Traumatic brain injury may be caused from a closed head injury or a penetrating head injury. Statistics indicate that the symptoms of traumatic brain injury may be mild to severe depending on the damage to the brain.

Traumatic brain injury occurs most commonly among young males ages fifteen to twenty four and elderly individuals of both sexes over seventy-five. Younger individuals usually suffer from traumatic brain injury as a result of auto accidents, bicycle accidents, and pedestrian and motorcycle accidents. However individuals over the age of seventy-five are more likely to have a traumatic brain injury as a result of a fall.

Symptoms of TBI vary depending upon the damage cause by the brain injury. Mild traumatic brain injury symptoms might include confusion, headache, light-headedness, visual disturbance, fatigue, mood changes, or even a bad taste in the mouth. Moderate to severe traumatic brain injury symptoms might include a loss of consciousness, slurred speech, severe vomiting, coordination problems, more severe confusion and agitation, dilation of one or both pupils, severe headaches, and personality changes.

Treatment for traumatic brain injury includes surgery for about fifty percent of all traumatic brain injuries and rehabilitation for many others.

Prevention is the best cure for traumatic brain injuries. For instance twenty percent of all traumatic brain injuries are the result of violence such as firearms and child abuse. Firearms should be kept in a safe locked place when not in use. About
fifty percent of all traumatic brain injuries involve alcohol use; therefore moderation while drinking may prevent traumatic brain injuries that result from motor vehicle accidents, fighting, and careless actions that lead to accidents. Additionally, wearing proper safety gear such as helmets when bicycling or playing sports could prevent traumatic head injuries. Of course, drivers and passengers in motor vehicles should always wear the proper restraining devices.

Traumatic brain injuries leave over two hundred and fifty thousand individuals in the United States with moderate to severe brain damage, another fifty thousand individuals have brain injuries that result in death, another sixty thousand will be left with seizure disorders, and of the over two hundred thousand individuals who are hospitalized with moderate to severe brain damage each year, eighty thousand will have permanent disabling symptoms (comas, stupors, neurological deficits, vegetative states, minimally conscious states, brain death, or lock in state (person is aware but cannot communicate due to complete body paralysis).

Additional information on Social Security Disability at

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Disability in the Various States:

Georgia Disability
Massachusetts Disability
Illinois Disability
Indiana Disability