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Can Atlanta residents receive SSD benefits for brain injuries?


When Atlanta residents have suffered a brain injury and have experienced possibly permanent disability as a result, they may wonder what help is available for the overwhelming physical, financial and emotional costs commonly associated with a traumatic brain injury. There are a variety of different resources available, including potential Social Security Disability benefits or other benefits offered through Social Security, depending on what you may qualify for.

It is important to keep in mind when initially applying for Social Security Disability benefits that an initial denial is not the end of the process. Applicants have the right to appeal, including through a request for reconsideration and several other options, so it is important to be familiar with those rights and how to exercise them. In addition to being persistent, it is also important to be familiar with the timelines associated with the process of appealing a denied application for benefits.

Many applications for benefits are denied because the proper paperwork substantiating a medical condition resulting in disability are not provided in an organized or thorough manner. It is important to provide medical records that substantiate the disability and it can be useful to have trained guidance throughout the process. Traumatic brain injuries can be complex injuries and the process of evaluating them for disability purposes can be complicated, which is why it is helpful to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the application and appeals process.

Individuals who have suffered a traumatic brain injury face many challenges, including how to meet the physical, financial and emotional costs associated with their injury. Social Security Disability and other types of benefits may be able to help, so it is important to understand how to pursue oftentimes badly needed benefits.

Source: Brainline.org, "Figuring Out Social Security Benefits After a TBI," Michael V. Kaplan, Esq., Accessed Dec. 19, 2016

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