2 kinds of traumatic injuries that may qualify for SSDI 

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2023 | Social Security Disability Claims

The Social Security Act (SSA) includes provisions for younger Americans who cannot work for various reasons. 

Suppose you sustain debilitating injuries that result in a permanent disability. In that case, you may wonder if you qualify for Social Security benefits. If you’re reluctant to start the application process, knowing how to qualify for benefits can propel you in the right direction. 

Here are two injuries that could qualify you for Social Security benefits.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

TBIs are caused by severe blows or jolts to the head. This can result in temporary or permanent brain dysfunction. These injuries can significantly impact an individual’s ability to work and perform daily activities.

Individuals who have sustained traumatic brain injuries and experience substantial cognitive impairments may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. To qualify, the TBI must meet specific criteria established by the Social Security Administration (SSA). These criteria include evidence of medical treatment and documentation of the severity of the injury and its impact on the individual’s ability to work.

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)

Spinal cord injuries (SCI) are among the most severe and life-altering consequences of an accident. These injuries occur when there is damage to the spinal cord, leading to partial or complete loss of sensory and motor function below the injury site. SCIs often result from falls, being struck by heavy objects or accidents involving heavy machinery.

Individuals with spinal cord injuries that result in significant functional limitations may be eligible for Social Security benefits. The severity and impact of the injury are crucial factors in determining eligibility. The SSA evaluates the individual’s ability to perform work-related activities, mobility and the need for assistive devices to navigate daily life.

Traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries are so debilitating that they could result in disability. If you sustained either injury, you might be eligible for Social Security benefits. If you’re having trouble gaining approval for your claim, experienced legal guidance may help.