A brain or head injury can wreak havoc on your life. Whether the symptoms manifest themselves immediately or over time, they can cause you to miss work for extended periods. If this happens, you will see medical bills and other expenses begin to pile up due to a lack of income. You might be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) income from the Social Security Administration (SSA) and here’s how to find out if you qualify.
In order to receive benefits, you must be disabled. This is a subjective term and the SSA has come up with a definition for those with head injuries. The definition is as follows:
— You can no longer perform work you did prior to the injury
— The injury prevents you from learning something new
— The effects of the head injury are expected to last for at least one year or result in your death
In order to determine if you are eligible for benefits from a head injury, the SSA will consult its Blue Book, which outlines disabling conditions accepted by the agency. The majority of head injuries will fall under Section 11.18, Cerebral Trauma. Other related listings include the following:
— 11.02: Convulsive Epilepsy
— 11.03: Non-Convulsive Epilepsy
— 11.04: Central Nervous System Vascular Accident
— 12.02: Organic Mental Disorder
Should your injury not be listed in the Blue Book, your condition must match symptoms and severity of a related listing found in the book in order to qualify for benefits from the agency.
Before you apply for benefits, you must have the proper documentation prepared. This includes all paperwork related to doctor examinations, therapy received and diagnoses. It could take several months for your claim to be processed, so be patient. If the claim is denied, you can file an appeal.
If you or a loved one has suffered a head injury, contact our Pennsylvania firm to discuss your case and if you can acquire qualifying SSD benefits for injury.