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Traumatic Brain Injuries: 6 Facts to Know When Applying for Disability Benefits (Pt. 2)

October 20, 2014

Resuming Traumatic Brain Injuries: 6 Facts to Know When Applying for Disability Benefits (Pt. 1), here we will continue our discussion regarding some important facts to know when it comes to traumatic brain injuries and disability benefits. 

More Facts about Traumatic Brain Injuries…

Fact 3 – A lack of financial resources for people with traumatic brain injuries can increase the risk of victimization by 4 to 10 times.

When traumatic brain injuries prevent people from being able to earn a living, a lack of financial resources can open them up to victimization. We can help people with TBI obtain the disability benefits they likely deserve.

When traumatic brain injuries prevent people from being able to earn a living, a lack of financial resources can open them up to victimization. We can help people with TBI obtain the disability benefits they likely deserve.

For people with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries, holding down a job to earn a living can be problematic – if not impossible. While not having access to financial resources can be a big problem when it comes to getting essential medical care for traumatic brain injuries, what can be just as devastating is the finding that financial issues can open people with TBI up to various types of victimization. 

In fact, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report:

  • People with traumatic brain injuries and/or other types of impairments are between 4 and 20 times more likely to be the target of violence, abuse and/or neglect (as compared to people without disabilities).
  • While this type of victimization can occur anywhere, it most often takes place in isolated settings where the impaired people have little to no control over their surroundings.
  • Family members are just as often the perpetrators of this type of victimization of people with TBIs as are personal care attendants, such as in-home care providers and inpatient care providers.

Given this fact, it’s critical that people living with traumatic brain injuries consider applying for disability benefits so they have the financial resources they need to not only pay for medical care but also to ensure that they have qualified professionals administering this care. The financial resources that disability benefits can offer people with traumatic brain injuries can be critical both to their health and recovery – and to their overall safety and wellbeing.

Fact 4 – It can take weeks to months before the full extent of TBI symptoms and impacts are identified.

Traumatic brain injuries are notoriously complicated conditions, as the area of the brain impacted and the severity of the injury can end up having a combination of physical, cognitive and emotional symptoms. What this can end up meaning is that, despite the fact that medical professionals may be able to pinpoint the damaged area of the brain, it can still take them weeks or possibly even longer to determine the true extent of the impacts caused by a TBI.

While this can make the diagnostic process a bit challenging and, at times, frustrating for people and their families, it may also end up complicating the process of applying for disability benefits. This is because: 

  • During the application process, people will have to verify the nature and severity of their impairments.
  • When these issues may still be elusive or not quite defined, administrators overseeing an application for benefits may raise questions and ask for additional support documentation regarding the brain impairment.

When this may be the case for you or someone you love, having an experienced disability attorney on your side to facilitate the process and deal with administrators can be critical to the success of your application, as well as to gaining access to the disability benefits you may be relying on.

Be sure to look for the upcoming conclusion to this blog series for some more important info about traumatic brain injuries and disability benefits.

Denver, Colorado Disability Insurance Lawyers at McDermott Law, LLC

If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury or with any type of debilitating condition, you can count on the Denver disability insurance lawyers at McDermott Law, LLC to help you obtain the disability benefits you need and deserve.

For more information about your rights and to learn more about how we can help you, set up a complimentary consult with our lawyers by calling us at (303) 964-1800 or by emailing us using the contact form on this screen.

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