Unfortunately, you may have incurred a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a personal injury accident, a medical malpractice incident, or as a side effect of a pre-existing health condition. Regardless, your life may never be the same after such a serious injury. This is why you must consider seeking aid through Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Read on to discover whether you are eligible and how a seasoned attorney in social security disability benefits for brain injuries (TBI) & cognitive disorders, at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur, can support your application.
Do I qualify for SSDI benefits with a TBI?
Essentially, you may qualify for SSDI benefits if your TBI prevents you from maintaining gainful employment; this may be because you may now experience a diminished physical or cognitive function, you may now experience a great deal of pain, or otherwise. Further, within your application, you may have to demonstrate the following circumstances as true:
- You may demonstrate that your TBI causes you to have disruptive sleep patterns which hinders your productivity in the workplace.
- You may demonstrate that your TBI causes you to have impaired speech and coordination which hinders your abilities in the workplace.
- You may demonstrate that your TBI causes you to have a lack of concentration or memory impairment which hinders your abilities in the workplace.
- You may demonstrate that your TBI causes you to have issues with bowel and bladder control which is not sensible when in the workplace.
- You may demonstrate that your TBI causes you to struggle with impulsiveness or constant mood swings which is not sensible when in the workplace.
To properly prove the aforementioned circumstances, you may supplement your application with any relevant medical documentation. This may include your emergency room records, doctor’s notes, X-ray/CT scan/MRI results, neuropsychological testing results, and statements by loved ones, among other things.
Is there a time limit to apply for SSDI benefits?
There is not necessarily a time limit when it comes to applying for SSDI benefits. However, it is in your best interest to seek benefits sooner rather than later. More specifically, you should apply as soon as your doctor diagnoses you with a TBI and determines that you may be unable to work for at least 12 months.
This is because the Social Security Administration (SSA) may question the legitimacy of your claim if you waited longer than necessary to apply. What’s more, the SSA may only give you retroactive payments for up to 12 months before your application submission, regardless of your TBI onset date.
That said, you must not hesitate to bring forward your SSDI benefits application. As soon as you can, pick up the phone and call a competent attorney in physical disability SSDI benefits in New Jersey. Someone at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur will be happy to speak with you.