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How a TBI can prevent you for working and earning an income

Our readers in Ohio have probably heard of “TBIs:” traumatic brain injuries. These types of serious injuries are, unfortunately, incredibly common, as each year hundreds of Americans suffer injuries at work, in car accidents, and in many other types of incidents. A TBI, however, is probably one of the most serious injuries that a person can suffer because it impacts the most important part of a person’s body: the brain.

Although classified as “traumatic,” TBIs can occur in a range of severity. For example, a “mild” TBI may result in symptoms like headaches, difficulty sleeping, and even occasional loss of consciousness. More “severe” TBIs can lead to symptoms like seizures, convulsions, cognitive confusion, or a coma. Any type of blow to the head is therefore a cause for concern.

Obviously, victims of more severe TBIs may find it difficult, if not impossible, to work and earn an income. No matter how the TBI occurred, if an Ohio resident is unable to work as a result of it, then that person may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability benefits.

SSD benefits can be an important financial lifeline for Ohio residents who suffer a TBI that results in disability. According to the Social Security Administration’s guidelines, the effects of a TBI could be a “disability” if the health condition is expected to last for 12 months or more, or is expected to result in the injury victim’s death. Furthermore, anyone who wants to apply for SSD benefits will need to make sure they have the appropriate work history to qualify. The SSD claims process can be challenging to successfully navigate, which is why it is often wise to work through it with the assistance of a skilled legal professional.