Michigan residents who have been victims of acquired traumatic brain injuries may have to suffer for years. Acquired brain injury victims usually need years of medical care and therapy to combat their physical and emotional trauma. Such brain injuries may even lead to disabilities that can make it impossible for residents to find gainful employment.
However, a silver lining for victims of acquired traumatic brain injuries is that Michigan state authorities have recognized brain injuries as an injury that may qualify for social security disability benefits. The brain injury victim may be able to receive both social security disability benefits as well as supplemental social security income depending on the individual case.
But, not all victims of acquired traumatic brain injury may be able to receive social security disability benefits for illness. Many Michigan residents find it beneficial to consult professional legal help when claiming social security disability benefits. State authorities may need to look into the gravity of the injury and the working conditions and ability of the claimant in order to determine whether he or she would qualify under social security disability benefits for illness under the state laws.
In order to qualify for social security disability benefits for illness in lieu of traumatic brain injury, state authorities may look into the previous work history of the claimants. In cases where the brain injury victims had a long work history where they had contributed to their social security account, the claimants, as well as their family and dependants, may be eligible for these benefits. In order to expedite the claims, the state authorities have even initiated an online process where claimants may be able to apply for social security disability benefits online.
Source: BIAUSA.org, "Is there financial assistance for people with brain injury and their families?" Accessed on March 18, 2015