Traumatic Brain Injury, Social Security Disability Claims

January 19,2010
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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain, such as when the head is violently struck by an object or when an object pierces the skull and enters the brain tissue. Symptoms vary widely from mild (a concussion or other brief change in mental status or consciousness) to severe (an extended period of unconsciousness or amnesia). TBI may also cause functional short- or long-term changes affecting thinking, sensation, language and emotions. Roughly 1.7 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury each year, the majority (75%) of which is concussions or other mild forms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While repeated mild TBIs occurring over an extended period of months or years can result in cumulative neurological and cognitive deficits, the CDC warns that repeated mild TBIs in a short period of time can be “catastrophic or fatal.”

Established in 2003, Hermann Law Group, PLLC is a New York Social Security disability law firm with offices in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Our attorneys have more than 50 years of experience representing disabled persons, including those suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury, in Social Security disability claims.

Persons affected by TBI may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits, which are generally available for someone who is unable to work for one year or more due to a physical or mental impairment. The Social Security Administration (SSA) makes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments to adults and children who are disabled and have limited income and resources. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), on the other hand, is available to disabled persons, their spouses and children, regardless of income and resources, so long as the disabled person has made sufficient payments into the Social Security system.

Because the severity of a mental impairment may change in the months following TBI, the SSA warns that a disability benefits claim regarding TBI may be delayed so that the actual affects of the injury can be determined. Nevertheless, given the length and complexity of the claims process, it is imperative that a person who believes that he or she may be entitled to benefits file a claim as soon as possible in order to start the process.

At Hermann Law Group, we do only one thing: represent disabled individuals. We will take the hassle and burden off you by completing and filing all forms for you, obtaining the necessary medical documentation to support your claim and representing you on appeal, if necessary.

Year after year, our Social Security disability lawyers are successful in well over 90% of the claims we handle. We are experienced litigators, not non-attorney “Claim Representatives.” We know what SSA analysts and judges are looking for, and we know how to present your claim in the strongest possible manner. We will not charge you a fee unless we win your case.

Our offices are conveniently located in New York’s Westchester and Dutchess counties as well as in Hackensack, New Jersey, and Danbury, Connecticut. Please call us toll-free at 877-SSD-3030 (877-773-3030) or contact us to set up an appointment.