Can I Get Social Security Disability For Traumatic Brain Injury?

Sep 13, 2011 Comments Off on Can I Get Social Security Disability For Traumatic Brain Injury? by

Question: Can I get Social Security disability for traumatic brain injury?

Answer: Yes, it is certainly possible to get Social Security disability for traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as organic brain syndrome (OBS) or organicity or closed head injury, etc. However, it all depends upon the severity of the head injury.

Traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe. The problem is proving how severe your traumatic brain injury is. Generally, neurosurgeons and neurologist and trauma specialists are not concerned with documenting just how severe a traumatic brain injury is. What they do to treat the traumatic brain injury even in the acute phase is much the same whether it is mild or severe. Once the patient is past the acute phase of their traumatic brain injury, the physician has no way of treating the traumatic brain injury itself. The patient may be referred to physical or occupational therapy or to speech therapy but there is no accepted treatment for the memory loss or personality change issues. However, the memory loss or personality changes caused by traumatic brain injury are often what disables the patient and physicians usually do not bother with testing to determine their severity since there is no way of treating the problem.

It is possible to get testing for the memory loss and personality changes associated with some traumatic brain injuries. It is called neuropsychological testing. If you or a relative or friend has suffered a traumatic brain injury that may be disabling, please get neuropsychological testing while you still have insurance since neuropsychological testing is expensive. It can be very helpful in proving disability.

Finally, please be very careful while riding a motorcycle. Even with a helmet, it is way too easy to get traumatic brain injury while riding a motorcycle. Without a helmet, traumatic brain injury is even more likely but death is far more likely still.

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Charles Hall is the lead attorney for the Charles Hall Law Firm in Raleigh, NC. He has been practicing in the Social Security Disability law field since 1979, is published, and is ready to help new clients win their benefits in North Carolina.