Wednesday, February 25, 2015

TBI in the Social Security Disability Arena

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be one of those episodes that change lives forever, especially when it saps a loved one of the capability to earn a livelihood. The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes it as an acceptable basis for claiming Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
Learning which ailments are precursors for TBI, however, can be dicey at best, warranting the services of a traumatic brain injury lawyer in Los Angeles who is familiar with the processes of SSD. Here are some TBI-related ailments that can be compensated via SSD, with the right evidence:
Some blood vessels in the brain can affect body functions when they lose blood flow in a stroke. The SSA Blue Book recognizes strokes under neurological impairments. For SSD to apply, you must provide evidence that your loved one has had problems with verbal/nonverbal communication and body movement for at least three months after an accident that triggered the TBI.
Epilepsy is often characterized by sudden sparks of collapsing and twitching, sometimes accompanied by frothing at the mouth. In the context of TBI, a doctor should evaluate an epileptic for whether their seizures are convulsive or non-convulsive. The patterns can be either a weekly or monthly seizure that occurs despite three months’ medication, and complicated post-seizure behavior.

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