How to Secure Social Security Benefits After a Traumatic Brain Injury Leaves You With a Low IQ

Attending Bike Week in Daytona is an annual tradition for you. Here, you are able to interact with fellow bikers, attend many bike-related events, and celebrate your favorite pastime: riding on your motorcycle.

This year, you decided to ride along with a group of friends to get there. As you were driving down Route 1, you were involved in a collision with a member of your group. You were thrown over your handlebars and your head hit the ground. Although you were wearing your helmet, you suffered a traumatic brain injury. The damage left you with a low IQ that prevents you from working. Now you plan on filing a Social Security claim.

The Qualifications for Receiving Social Security Due to a Low IQ

  • Premorbid IQ. For those who have low IQs because of traumatic brain injuries, the Social Security Administration bases your acceptance on a concept called premorbid IQ. Premorbid IQ refers to the person’s IQ score before the brain damage took place. If the claimant’s current IQ score measures at least 15 points below what it was prior to the accident, he may be awarded benefits. Knowing a person’s IQ before the accident, however, is often difficult to determine, which can cause delays in acceptance.
  • Difficulties due to IQ score. In addition to the premorbid IQ qualifications, those wanting to receive Social Security will also have to display that they suffer from the same problems as a person with an IQ score of between 60 and 70 does. These impairments include difficulties with activities of daily living, periods of decompensating, social functioning, concentration, and pace.
     

Obtaining Social Security benefits due to a low IQ score from a traumatic brain injury is often a frustrating and difficult process. The legal professionals of Johnson and Gilbert may be able to help you with your situation. Contact us today to find out more.

If you know someone with a traumatic brain injury, we encourage you to print out this article and share it with him or her.

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