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Can I get disability benefits after a concussion?

Every year thousands of Americans suffer injuries to their brains when they are involved in accidents and incidents such as falls, vehicle collisions and work-related traumas. While some brain injuries will resolve themselves and will allow Charlotte residents to go back to living their normal lives, others can have devastating and long-lasting effects. This post will discuss traumatic brain injuries and how they may qualify someone for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

A mild traumatic brain injury may manifest as a concussion. An individual may lose consciousness for a short period of time, may feel sick or dizzy or may experience changes in their sleep habits. Mild traumatic brain injuries should be assessed by medical professionals but generally these symptoms improve and resolve over time.

A more severe traumatic brain injury could cause a person to experience more significant symptoms. The individual may have long-term loss of consciousness, confusion, loss of coordination and other muscular disturbances. They may experience pain, changes in mood and even seizures. The effects of a serious traumatic brain injury can endure for years or even a lifetime.

Depending upon the duration of time a traumatic brain injury is expected to last and whether it meets the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, a person may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. Doing so requires a person to submit an application for benefits and those readers who wish to begin the process of seeking disability benefits from the Social Security Administration are encouraged to work with their own attorneys to make sure their cases are appropriately managed.