A traumatic brain injury can occur in a number of ways. An individual in Iowa may be seriously hurt in a car accident, a workplace incident or a slip-and-fall accident. Some are even born with traumatic brain injuries. Regardless of how the injury is suffered, victims are often left with a hard road ahead of them. They may struggle to care for themselves on a day-to-day basis, which usually means that they are unable to work, too. When this is the case, a traumatic brain injury sufferer may be able to seek Social Security disability benefits to offset some of their financial losses.
To qualify for SSD benefits, an individual must meet federal requirements. This can be accomplished in one of a number of ways. The first way to qualify is to show that an individual suffers from extreme limitations due to problematic motor functioning involving at least two extremities. These limitations must affect basic skills such as standing, walking or using one's arms. In addition, the limitations must be expected to last for at least three months post-injury.
The second way to qualify is to demonstrate marked limitations in one of a number of areas. Amongst these areas are one's memory, concentration, social interactions and even his or her ability to manage him or herself on a daily basis.
Successfully applying for SSD benefits often requires strong legal arguments that utilize medical evidence to demonstrate how the federal requirements have been met. It may sound easy enough, but the truth is that many SSD claims are initially denied, necessitating an appeal. This is why those who suffer from a disability should consider how best to pursue their claim, which may mean discussing the matter with a qualified legal professional.