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Can a brain injury qualify you for disability benefits?

Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits is not an easy feat, especially when you have a brain-related injury that leaves you impaired.

If you sustained a traumatic brain injury at work or in an accident, you may still suffer debilitating side effects. Do these lingering issues qualify you to receive SSDI benefits? To see what your eligibility is before you start the application process, see if you have any of these disabilities.

Cognitive issues

A single blow to the head or a series of smaller injuries may add up to serious cognitive problems. One of the most common signs of failing brain capacity is memory loss. Victims dealing with TBI often have difficulty recalling past events and fully forming new memories. Therefore, both short- and long-term memories can suffer after TBI.

Emotional issues

Another unfortunate side effect of brain trauma is a change in emotional functioning. Some of the hallmarks of emotional disability include anxiety, depression, severe mood swings, confusion, insomnia and frustration. Some victims may also become aggressive and violent. Some medications and therapy can improve some of these symptoms, but in extreme cases, the permanent disability settles in.

Sensory issues

This prong of post-TBI disability involves any or all of the five senses. The most common sense altered by a brain injury is vision. More specifically, a person with this type of loss caused by TBI may have difficulty recognizing things. Objects, people and even words may seem foreign in the eyes of a person having vision issues related to a brain injury.

Communication issues

Words can come become lost on the lips of a person dealing with the aftereffects of a brain injury. Like most of the disabilities on this list, the issue can vary range from minor to severe. A slight loss may involve a victim having a difficult time pronouncing words while the more severe problem is total inability to recall basic speech.

If your head injury left you with disabling aftereffects, you should get some help filling out an SSDI application. You may need financial help taking care of your medical issues now and in the future.

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