The brain is one of the most important organs in the body. It is also one of the most fragile. The human body protects the brain with a solid and strong skull, but any impact to the head could still prove to be costly with the potential of causing a brain injury.

Small injuries could cause symptoms such as dizziness, headaches and drowsiness, but more severe injuries could lead to long term symptoms such as a coma, memory loss, slurred or impaired speech and even a loss of senses such as smell and taste. Such injuries could happen in many ways. Common accidents include sports injuries, motor vehicle crashes and slip and fall accidents.

Severe brain injuries, often called traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can also leave a person disabled and unable to work. The Social Security Administration understands the potential severity of brain injuries. This is why brain injuries are listed as a qualifying condition among Social Security’s SSDI benefits for accident injuries.

If you are suffering from a debilitating condition that prevents you from working, you may want to consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. Although the program is not designed to fully cover medical expenses or rehabilitation costs, they can help supplement lost wages you experience while you try to recover from your injuries. In order to qualify, you must prove that your condition is expected to last at least one year and that the condition is serious enough that you are unable to maintain gainful employment.