It’s All in the Timing: Receiving Social Security Because of Traumatic Brain Injury

Living in Florida comes with a variety of perks. Along with the gorgeous sites and outstanding weather, you are also close to one of the most exciting places in the country: Walt Disney World. You visit the park every year, but on your last trip, you were involved in a life-changing event. As you traveled down I-95, a tractor trailer jackknifed and collided into you, leaving you with a traumatic brain injury.

You are now unable to work, and want to receive Social Security. However, obtaining the benefits because of a traumatic brain injury can be difficult, and it all has to do with timing.

Can You Receive Social Security for a Traumatic Brain Injury?

The Problem With Assessing Long-Term Affects

The brain is the ultimate mystery. Some brain injuries improve within a few months, whereas others take much longer, if they ever get better. However, doctors can’t give definitive timetables for how long disorders will last, as every person and brain is different. Since making a long-term diagnosis is difficult for a traumatic brain injury, Social Security decisions are often delayed.

Timing of Your Assessment

Typically, the Social Security Administration will not issue benefits until the person is disabled for at least 12 months. However, those with traumatic brain injuries who sustain significant neurological impairment may be found disabled within three months of the injury. If the Social Security Administration is unable to determine a prognosis at three months, it may attempt again six months after the injury occurs.

If you are unable to work, you can’t provide for yourself and your family. The legal team of Johnson and Gilbert may be able to help you receive the Social Security benefits you need. Contact us today by filling out our online form or giving us a call.

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