If you, or someone you love, suffered a brain injury, it can seem unbearable. There are so many questions.
How am I going to pay the medical bills? What if I can't ever work again? What will the future look like? What medical care might I need? How will this affect my family's financial security?
Brain injuries (also known as traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs) are some of the most serious injuries – and some of the most complicated. They are often called "invisible injuries." You may look the same on the outside, yet be forever changed on the inside. It is very hard to predict the effects the brain injury will have on you and your medical condition later in life.
Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can help pay your medical bills and give you and your family more financial security. Unfortunately, with the state of the economy and other factors, the Social Security Administration denies over three-quarters of initial applications. Hiring a lawyer could mean the difference between receiving SSD benefits or not.
Brain injuries are very serious, but unfortunately just because you suffered a brain injury doesn't mean you'll automatically qualify for SSD benefits. Every brain injury is different and can affect patients in many different ways, including the ways they act, think, and feel.
The Social Security Administration has a specific set of criteria it uses to determine whether a person is eligible for SSD benefits. To be considered "disabled," your medical condition must:
If you meet these guidelines, you may qualify for SSD benefits. When the Social Security Administration evaluates your application, they will review your medical records and look for information about the severity of your brain injury. Specifically, they'll want proof that your brain injury prevents you from holding any type of job – not just the job you held before.
To increase your chances of being approved, you should be under the care of a specialist and see him or her regularly. You will need to "prove" that you were and are being treated for a severe brain injury.
The Social Security Administration will also review your financial situation and whether you paid into the Social Security system within the past five years. If you haven't worked enough – or recently enough – to qualify for SSD benefits, you may qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've seen the way brain injuries affect a person's ability to function and work. We've also seen the ways it impacts entire families.
To the government, you're one of thousands of claim applicants. And because they deny most applications, hiring a lawyer could mean the difference between collecting SSD benefits or not. At Edgar Snyder & Associates, we've spent decades helping thousands of people get approved for SSD benefits – including those who have suffered brain injuries.
When you hire our law firm, we work hard to protect your rights and get you the SSD benefits you need. But we also treat you with respect. We explain the SSD claims process to you, making sure you understand the options available to you and the possible outcomes of the decisions you make. We take the time to get to know you and learn how your brain injury has affected your life.
If your initial application was denied, we help you by:
If you haven't submitted an initial application yet, we can help you apply for SSD benefits.
We win the majority of appeals for our clients. Best of all, if we don't win your appeal, or if we help you apply and you don't receive SSD benefits, you won't owe us a penny. There really is "Never a fee unless we get money for you."
If you, or someone you love, are dealing with a severe brain injury – and the government denied your claim – contact us right away. Call 1-866-9-4EDGAR (1-866-943-3427), or fill out our no obligation, free legal evaluation form.
Remember, you have only 60 days to file an appeal. If you think you're eligible for SSD benefits, we can help you apply.
Hiring an attorney may mean the difference between collecting SSD benefits or not. Get started now.