December 12, 2019

How do I Know if I am Eligible for Social Security Disability?

The United States government provides financial assistance and medical care to men and women who can no longer work because of a traumatic brain injury.

The Social Security Disability program is actually comprised of two benefits programs:

  • Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  You wlll be eligible for SSDI if you are worked for approximately 5 out of the past 10 years and paid taxes into the system.  You will get Medicare if you qualify for SSDI.
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI).   SSI provides more limited benefits to children or people who have not worked enough to qualify for SSDI.  SSI benefits are means tested, meaning that you may not qualify if you own assets or live in a household where others work.  You will get Medicaid if you qualify for SSI.

In order for one to be eligible for either of the two types of Social Security disability benefits, he/she must have met the SSA’s definition of “disabled.” Put simply, your condition must be severe enough that it prohibits you from being able to perform any type of work – even the most simple, entry-level type job. “Work” includes employment, volunteer work, and even school.

In addition to your condition causing you to not be able to work, it has to be proven that your impairment has lasted at least twelve months, or is expected to last that long or result in death.

Not surprisingly, claimants with brain injuries often qualify because their symptoms make working all but impossible:

  • cognitive problems – difficulty solving problems, processing information
  • behaviorial issues – such as problems with anger control or avoiding emotional outbursts
  • fatigue
  • balance issues
  • severe headaches
  • medication side effects
  • reliability problems

If you or a loved one experience problems from a brain injury that prevent you from working reliably, please contact us for a claim evaluation.