Social Security Disability Benefits For Brain Injury
Your life will never be the same after a serious brain injury, whether from a motor vehicle accident, a stroke or cancer. You will likely suffer cognitive disorders that affect your daily activities, and physical disabilities that will impact your muscles and nerves. Cognitive disorders that can result from traumatic brain injury may include Parkinson’s disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, MS, Radiculopathy or cerebral palsy. An experienced lawyer can help you prepare for the long term and make sure you have access to the benefits you deserve.
At The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur in New Jersey, we help individuals who have suffered from neurological injuries and cognitive disorders get the full extent of Social Security disability benefits they deserve. With over three decades of experience handling SSD claims, we can help you today.
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Social Security disability benefits are awarded to people who are no longer able to work because of the severity of their brain injury or neurological impairments, including due to loss of physical or cognitive function or due to pain. We will help you to document the criteria for Social Security Disability based on the Commissioner’s Regulations. Taking a look at your diagnosis and the way in which your condition impacts your daily life, the Social Security Administration will determine whether you qualify for disability benefits.
Organic Brain Injury
Organic brain injuries or organic cognitive disorders are a loss of prior mental state or prior learned knowledge, skills, functions or abilities caused by trauma or illness. The Social Security Administration will review whether your impairment affects your ability to perform work activities, function in and out of the household, perform tasks and get along with others.
Traumatic Brain Injury
A traumatic brain injury may involve the central nervous system and result in neurological and mental impairments, with many post-traumatic symptoms. Resulting from head injuries, strokes, residuals of medications and Alzheimer’s disease, organic brain disorders may have psychological or behavioral changes that may or may not be recognizable.
This disorder causes trouble with muscle control and movement. Symptoms include: trembling, stiffness of limbs, slow movement, poor coordination and balance. Social Security will evaluate how the condition affects movement in the arms or legs and will review how the condition and secondary symptoms impact an individual’s ability to function on a daily basis.
Peripheral Neuropathy and other nerve disorders
Peripheral nerves are those not contained in the brain or spinal cord. Peripheral neuropathy involves damage to these nerves and disrupts communication with the brain and the rest of the body. It can be caused by injury, systemic diseases (such as kidney disease or hormone imbalances, alcoholism, blood diseases or connective tissue disorders). Disorders involving these nerves include diabetes mellitus, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome, thoracic outlet or complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).
MS is a disease that affects the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord, causing muscle weakness, coordination and balance issues, visual and cognitive problems, and physical sensations such as numbness, tingling, or prickling. MS is most likely to occur in women aged 20 to 40, but also occurs in men and can cause loss of ability or limitations in ability to speak, see, and/or walk. In order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, an individual must show severe limitations in motor function, vision, or in mental or cognitive functioning. Also, documentation of significant reproducible fatigue in the muscle groups related to neurological dysfunction may be utilized to prove disability.
Our disability law firm represents individuals at every stage of the process in obtaining SSD benefits, whether you are filing your initial application or raising an appeal:
- Initial filings of social security disability claims
- Appeals of initial denials
- Appeals of Reconsideration denials
- ALJ Hearings
- Claims at the Appeals Council
- Appealing claims in federal court
Contact An Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney
The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur represents clients throughout North and South New Jersey. Offices are open weekdays from nine to five, and your phone call will be promptly returned.
With offices in both Essex County and Atlantic County, we are able to conveniently serve people from throughout the state.
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