According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a traumatic brain injury, otherwise known as a TBI, can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, as well as a penetrating injury such as a gunshot to the head. The most common ways people experience traumatic brain injuries are from car accidents, assault, falls, or from a firearm related injury.

Those who experience a mild TBI or concussion typically recover safely at home after being seen by a medical professional. However, those with moderate or severe TBI may need ongoing care, as this condition can result in life-long health issues.

In children, an injury of any severity to their developing brains can limit their abilities in school and sports, as well as disrupt development.

It is no surprise that TBI is a major cause of disability. The Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments defines a traumatic brain injury as follows:

A. Disorganization of motor function in two extremities, resulting in an extreme limitation  in the ability to stand up from a seated position, balance while standing or walking, or use the upper extremities, persisting for at least 3 consecutive months after the injury.

OR

B. Marked limitation in physical functioning; and in one of the following areas of mental functioning, persisting for at least 3 consecutive months after the injury:

  1. 1.     Understanding, remembering, or applying information or
  2. 2.     Interacting with others or
  3. 3.     Concentrating, persisting, or maintaining pace  or
  4. 4.     Adapting or managing oneself

If you or someone you know has suffered a traumatic brain injury and would like to speak with an attorney about filing for Social Security disability benefits, call the law office of Michael Monce at (859)-344-8090

Resources:

https://www.cdc.gov/traumaticbraininjury/get_the_facts.html

https://www.ssa.gov/disability/professionals/bluebook/11.00-Neurological-Adult.htm#11_18