Gardberg & Kemmerly, P.C. Attorneys at Law

SSDI and SSI for brain injury sufferers and their families

A brain injury can severely affect a person's everyday life. The person who suffers a brain injury may suffer from memory loss, disability, headaches and may be unable to sit, stand, bend and communicate with others. Since brain is one of the most complicated organs in the human anatomy, the effects of the injury are very complex and can differ in every person. In addition, a brain injury can also lead to some serious financial and emotional challenges for the family members of that injured person.

Families of brain injury patients from in and around Mobile, Alabama know that, to recover from a brain injury, a person needs constant moral support and immense medical care. To provide this aid, there are several local, state and federal government programs; religious organizations; non-profit organizations and foundations; and local fundraising events. However, not every patient is able to access those aids, sometimes because of the lack of awareness and sometimes because of an incorrect approach.

Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income are two federal programs that help a person suffering from brain injuries and that person's family. The SSDI program provides financial assistance to brain injury patients or their dependents if those patients had worked and paid for social security taxes before suffering the injury. The SSI program, on the other hand, provides financial assistance to those patients and families who have little or no income by providing financial assistance to pay for food, clothing and dwelling. In some cases, patients and families can obtain both benefits.

In order to claim SSDI and/or SSI benefits for brain injury, an application needs to be made, either online or in person, to the Social Security Administration. Sometimes, the claims for disability benefits may be denied for various reasons. Some examples for claim rejection are incorrectly filing the claim, inability to provide medical evidence and so on. To make sure that such mistakes are not committed, it is advisable to engage an attorney and be well informed about the entire SSDI and SSI claim procedure.

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