Traumatic brain injuries, although common, are some of the most debilitating injuries any person can suffer. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that there are over five million Americans currently living with a disability caused by a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Those who suffer TBI’s can experience many cognitive difficulties such as the inability to concentrate or function in society. Fortunately, workers in Iowa who suffer traumatic brain injuries may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI).
Some symptoms of brain injuries can be somewhat mild and temporary. However, many traumatic brain injuries are severe and involve bruising, bleeding, torn tissue and other physical damage. These can be permanent and often prevent a person from being able to perform his or her job duties and earn a living.
For an individual to be found disabled by the Social Security Administration, he or she will have to show that the disability will last at least a year or result in death. Social Security Disability Insurance has specific earnings and work requirements. To qualify for SSDI benefits, an employee’s documented earnings must not be greater than program thresholds and the employee must have previously accumulated enough work credits to meet the qualification requirements.
Inevitably, the SSA reviewers will require proof that the individual’s injuries are disabling enough to prevent them from working. For any Iowa resident who is seeking SSDI benefits or has questions about the process, a trusted disability attorney can prove invaluable. A seasoned legal representative can assess an individual’s claim, offer advice relative to the person’s specific case and assist with the appeal process if it comes to that point.