Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) can be especially devastating and result in serious and sometimes permanent impairment. Many with TBIs may find themselves unable to work or function as they normally would before their injury. TBIs range in severity and may lead to disabling medical or mental conditions.
If your traumatic brain injury is so severe that you can no longer work and function normally, you may qualify to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and are interested in applying for Social Security Disability benefits, contact the experienced Texas disability lawyers at the Law Offices of Bemis, Roach and Reed. Our attorneys serve clients in the Austin, TX region as well as clients in Central Texas, Travis County, Williamson County, San Antonio, Harris County, Houston, and the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.
What Is a Traumatic Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries can arise in a number of incidents. TBIs can be caused by hitting your head during a car accident, crashing during bicycling without a helmet, being struck with a heavy object, or even slipping and falling on your head. TBIs are a result of some external force striking your head and damaging the brain. The term “traumatic brain injury” is actually a generalized term (sometimes used in place of “head injury”) to describe the harm done by such a traumatic incident.
TBIs can take many different forms and cause many different impairments. Some of the most common impairments caused by a TBI include:
Short term or long term amnesia
Difficulty speaking or communicating
Difficulty with sensory functions (sight, smell, taste, hearing, touch)
Serious and sudden changes in mood or attitude
Trouble working out problems or performing simple tasks
Development of emotional or anxiety disorders
Development or worsening of bipolar disorder
Development or worsening of depression
Lowering of IQ level post-accident
TBIs can also lead to many more disabling medical or mental conditions besides those listed above. The complications of TBIs and the sheer number of resulting disabilities make TBIs a somewhat unique category for Social Security Disability benefits applications. The Social Security Administration, the federal government agency that handles SSD applications, processes TBI applications based on the disabilities caused by the brain injury. That is, when applying for SSD you must be able to show that your TBI caused a disabling medical or mental condition such as those listed above. Then, your application will be processed based on the guidelines for the specific disability caused by the TBI. Most SSD applicants cannot begin receiving benefits until they have been disabled for at least twelve months. However, because it is difficult to give accurate prognoses for TBIs, you only need to be disabled for three months due to a TBI.
Contact Experienced Austin, TX Disability Lawyer Today
Timing is essential when filing a disability benefits application. Traumatic brain injuries and SSD benefits applications can be complicated to handle, and the process can take months or more. If you have been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, or have a disabling condition caused by a brain injury, contact our experienced Austin, TX disability lawyers today for a free initial consultation.