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Disability claims based on traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can vary in severity and duration of impact on victims. While some Pennsylvanians who suffer TBIs may not qualify for disability benefits under the Social Security Administration's requirements for the disability, others may be able to secure financial support due to the significant and long-lasting problems their TBIs impose upon them. This post will discuss what may constitute TBI and how a person may qualify for disability benefits. But, it does not provide any legal or medical advice on these topics.

According to the Mayo Clinic, a TBI occurs when the head suffers trauma and the brain cells are affected. A jolt or impact can cause TBI, as can penetration of an object into the brain. While some TBIs will resolve on their own, others can impose permanent disabilities upon those who suffer from them.

The Social Security Administration recognizes TBI as a disability when a person suffers significant motor impairments, such as the inability to stand from a sitting position, the inability to balance while standing or the inability to use their upper body. In addition, TBI may be considered a disability for the purposes of securing benefits, if the victim suffers cognitive impairments, such as problems with their memory, concentration or self-regulation.

It is important that readers remember that every TBI case will be assessed on its own facts and merits. Not all individuals who suffer from TBI will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but those who do must prepare comprehensive applications to secure such support. Working with a disability benefits attorney can help a person seeking benefits to approach the process in a confident and complete way.

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