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Criteria for Social Security disability after head trauma


People in Michigan who have suffered head trauma and a resulting brain injury or those who have had a loved one suffer these types of issues need to be aware of how they can go about receiving Social Security disability for injuries. There are numerous criteria that must be met depending on the category under which the person's issues fall. It's important to understand them before moving forward in trying to receive benefits.

With traumatic brain injury - regardless of its cause - the problems in its aftermath must be evaluated based on whether there is epilepsy with convulsive activity with seizures and this happens more often than once per month. These must occur even if there was three months of treatment and there were daytime episodes or nighttime episodes. There can also be non-convulsive epilepsy and this too has to have occurred in the same time frame as convulsive epilepsy.

Another criteria is the central nervous system vascular accident and it must have the following symptoms more than three months after it happened. There must be difficulty speaking or communicating after sensory or motor aphasia. This is a disturbance that makes speech or communication difficult. Or there could be a disorganization of motor function in two of the person's extremities. It must be significant and persistent with problems walking, standing or moving.

Those who have suffered head trauma and a resulting brain injury might have been under the impression that there was nothing wrong. The symptoms can be slow to manifest themselves and could appear to be nothing more than an innocuous headache or other problems that would normally not be concerning. However, these injuries can cause long-term problems, massive medical bills and the inability to work and function normally. That is when it's imperative to know how to file for Social Security disability with assistance from a legal professional experienced in filing claims or appealing denied claims. Proper legal assistance can mean the difference between receiving Social Security disability for injuries and being denied even if the granting of benefits is warranted.

Source: SSA.gov, "Disability Evaluation Under Social Security 11.00 Neurological - Adult," accessed on Nov. 10, 2014

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