This blog has previously discussed traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs. As their name implies, TBIs involve damage to the brain from an outside physical force, like a blow to the head or a violent shake. As is the case with many other medical conditions, professionals classify TBIs according to how profoundly they affect a person. In the world of neurology, there is a distinction between mild TBIs and moderate or severe TBIs.
This does not mean that a mild TBI is nothing serious. For instance, someone with a mild TBI can experience consistent fatigue, sleep disturbance and some sense of vertigo or dizziness. They may also have other problems with sensory processing, which could make it difficult for them to see and hear properly.
Additionally, following a TBI, a person can experience trouble retaining information or concentrating. Mental health issues, like anxiety and depression, can also emerge.
The bottom line is that while a mild TBI would not involve a coma or vegetative state, it can still have a profound effect on a person's life. Depending on their occupation, the symptoms of a TBI can make it practically impossible to work and earn a living.
Someone who has suffered what professionals call a mild TBI may still be able to qualify for SSDI by filing the proper paperwork and meeting the legal criteria enforced by the Social Security Administration. The label attached to the injury is, after all, not as important as the actual impact the injury has on one's ability to work. Still, having the help of an experienced Social Security attorney can prove invaluable.