Social security disability and traumatic brain injuries

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Social Security performs a five-step process to determine if an traumatic brain injury qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance.

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Social security disability and traumatic brain injuries

  1. 1. Social Security Disability andTraumatic Brain InjuriesSocial Security performs a five-step process todetermine if an traumatic brain injury qualifies forSocial Security Disability Insurance:1. Determine if an individual is "working” according to the SSA definition. Earning more than $1,010 amonth as an employee is enough to be disqualified from receiving Social Security disability benefits.2. Conclude the traumatic brain injury disability must be severe enough to significantly limit one’sability to perform basic work activities needed to do most jobs.3. Ask if the traumatic brain injury disability meets or equals a medical listing. TBI may result inneurological and mental impairments with a wide variety of posttraumatic symptoms and signs.The rate and extent of recovery can be highly variable and the long-term outcome may be difficult topredict in the first few months post-injury. If a finding of disability still is not possible at thattime, adjudication of the claim will again be deferred until evidence is obtained at least 6 months post-injury. At that time, any neurological and mental impairment is fully evaluated and the claim isadjudicated.4. Explore the ability of an individual to perform work they have done in the past despite theirtraumatic brain injury. If the SSA finds that a person can do his past work, benefits are denied. If theperson cannot, then the process proceeds to the fifth and final step.5. Review age, education, work experience and physical/mental condition to determine what otherwork, if any, the person can perform.An individual must, on a sustained basis, be able to understand, remember and carry out simpleinstructions; make simple work-related decisions; respond appropriately to supervision, co-workers,usual work situations and to deal with changes in a routine work setting.A substantial loss of ability to meet any one of these basic work-related activities would severely limitthe potential occupational base for all age groups and justify a finding of disabled.Aren’t sure if you qualify for SSDI? Complete Allsup’s short form now to request a no-cost, no obligationevaluation to determine your eligibility for Social Security disability.

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