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Life after a Traumatic Brain Injury

A Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the injury to the brain that takes place on account of a trauma or an accident. Such an injury may cause mild to severe damage and may result in symptoms that are of a physical, cognitive, emotional or social nature.

The effect of the traumatic brain injury can be debilitating. It can lead to some serious and some not very serious consequences. A person who is a victim of TBI can undergo behavioral changes or suffer from memory lapses, find it difficult to recognize people, suffer from short concentration spans and have constant headaches and a ringing sensation in the ears, to mention just a few symptoms.

The outcome of severe cases of TBI may be permanent disability, physical handicaps or even death. In the case of permanent disability or physical handicaps, it is necessary that the victim be provided rehabilitation. In case the disabled is the breadwinner of the family, then the family suffers from economic loss.

The Social security program of the US government provides benefits to brain injury survivors. Although many people ultimately benefit from social security benefits, the route that most people have to go through to avail of these benefits is often tortuous and claims are often turned down either because the victim’ s family has not filed the claim properly or do not fulfill the given criteria. One of the criteria is that the victim must have been suffering from the effects of the trauma for a minimum of one year to be eligible for disability payments.

Moreover, TBI does not have a specific listing as a condition for which a victim is eligible to claim social security.  It is clubbed together with other incapacitating conditions such as epilepsy, stroke or mental disorders.

Survivors of traumatic brain injury need to be put on a rehabilitation program that will help them to become functional and productive to the maximum possible extent.