Is A Traumatic Brain Injury Considered A Disability?

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) keeps a list of conditions that are considered disabilities, for the purposes of awarding Social Security Disability Income (SSDI). The conditions are contained in the blue book and some are granted automatic approval while others must be accompanied by solid medical proof of your disability. Even if you do not have one of the conditions as specifically listed in the blue book, you may have a combination of symptoms that when taken together equal a disability. One of the most debilitating types of injuries that leads to disability is a traumatic brain injury (TBI). People who have suffered TBI’s may or may not be able to return to work, and whether you can still perform job duties is the key question that must be answered before you can be approved for disability for your TBI.

If you are seeking SSDI benefits for a TBI, be prepared to show:

• The severity of your TBI, as not all brain injuries are the same. You may have a mild concussion or a more severe condition that also impairs your fine motor skills and ability to communicate. More serious TBI’s are more likely to be classified as disabling, because you are less able to engage in any significant gainful activity with a more serious injury.
• Your injury prevents you from full use of your arms and/or legs.
• You are unable to think clearly or finish tasks without difficulty, due to your brain injury.
• You experience deep mood swings or are unable to function in a social setting.

If you are unable to show any of the above but have suffered a TBI, you may still qualify for benefits. As with other disabilities, if you are able to provide proof that you have one or more symptoms that, when taken together, create a disability you may be approved. The best way to provide this evidence is through medical records including any emergency room charts or files made at the onset of the injury, follow up doctor visit notes, long term diagnosis and prognosis, and a physician’s treatment plan. Your chances at approval are increased with each piece of medical evidence you are able to provide, so be sure your doctor knows you plan to file for SSDI.

If you have questions about how brain injuries are treated for purposes of being approved for disability benefits, call us today. We can be contacted online or by phone at 855-727-6353.