SSDI Benefits TBI lawyer for social security disabilityA traumatic brain injury, TBI for short, are caused by a sudden blow to the head which causes damage to the brain and often are accompanied by bleeding inside the head or swelling of the brain. A whole host of serious medical problems can result from a TBI—stroke and epilepsy among them. And while it's hard to diagnose its disabling limitations, you can get social security disability with the right case. Our Nebraska SSDI benefits lawyers are here to help!

How Traumatic Brain Injuries Often Occur

It is estimated that every year one and half million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries caused by falls, auto accidents, sports injuries, and other violent encounters. Many of our veterans have returned from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan with a TBI caused by IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

Do You Have the Symptoms of a TBI?

If you have suffered a TBI and want to apply for Social Security disability, it is important to remember that, as with most disorders, it is not the name of the impairment that qualifies you for disability benefits, but the symptoms … that is, if the symptoms prevent you from working. Some TBIs are hard to diagnose and determine the degree of severity.

A traumatic brain injury claim for SSDI benefits must be supported by medical evidence such as physical examinations, scans, psychological testing or lab tests. Additionally, you must demonstrate that you have significant functional limitations as a result of your TBI, which prevent you from performing any of your past work or any other type of work that your age, education, and skills might qualify you for. 

TBIs are different from other impairments. It is often difficult to assess long term outcomes after a brain injury. Social Security recognizes this. With other impairments, individuals cannot receive SSDI benefits until after they have been unable to work for at least 12 months. But with a TBI, Social Security may judge a person as disabled as soon as three months after a serious injury to the brain.

Our Nebraska SSDI Benefits Lawyers Can Help You Get Social Security Disability

There are many more rules and conditions governing TBI and SSDI benefits. Our experienced Nebraska SSDI benefits lawyers have seen that TBI disability cases are complex and difficult but they are winnable. For a free case evaluation for social security disability, contact our firm online or call (402) 933-5405 to speack with us right away.

Sean D. Cuddigan
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SSA and VA Disability Attorney in Omaha, Nebraska