Social Security Disability for Traumatic Brain Injury

September 11, 2015

Traumatic brain injury is an acute injury to the brain which can be caused from blunt trauma or a penetrating injury. Because the function of the brain is to rule all other aspects of the body, the consequences of a brain injury can have an impact on all aspects of a person’s life from severe memory loss, impairment of higher cognitive functions, impaired speech and language, emotional disturbances, and limited control of limbs. A traumatic brain injury has a different effect on every person, but when they are severe those effects can mean dramatic changes to the way a person behaves, which can impact a person’s ability to do his or her job, or interact with family and friends and the community.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability with traumatic brain injury

Given the fact that TBI is listed in the SSA “Blue Book” of impairments, if your symptoms are similar to those listed in the guidelines for that impairment you could be automatically approved for disability. However, TBI does affect each individual differently, so it would depend on the severity of the individual’s symptoms, which can include:

  • Epilepsy. An individual would have to document a typical seizure pattern at a specific frequency, whether they experience an alteration of awareness of loss of consciousness or display manifestations of unconventional behavior that might interfere with their activities during the day.
  • Central nervous system vascular accident. An individual might have the following symptoms three months after the vascular accident:
    • Sensory or motor aphasia resulting in ineffective speech or communication, or
    • Significant and persistent disorganization of motor function in the extremities resulting in a disturbance in the individual’s movements and gait.

If the medical evidence shows that the individual can do some kind of work, the Social Security Administration will conduct a RFC (Residual Functional Capacity) assessment in order to determine what kind of work the person can do given the limitations of their condition.

How a Social Security Disability lawyer can help your case

While no one is ever required to retain legal counsel when applying for SSD, it is a smart decision to consider hiring a lawyer. This is likely your first time applying for Social Security benefits, but our experienced Philadelphia Social Security disability attorneys have gone through the process with many clients before you. We understand what it takes to prepare a solid application, are familiar with the hearing process and know about the local Administrative Law Judges, their biases and their temperament. Working with a SSD attorney from our Philadelphia firm can save you time and significantly improve your chances of getting approved for benefits, although there is never any guarantee. You don’t have to pay big retainer fees up front because our disability lawyers work on a contingent fee basis, which means we make nothing unless you receive benefits.

If you would like to know more about what a Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyer can do to help you apply for benefit, please contact Larry Pitt & Associates. We keep multiple offices to serves clients in and around Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.