TBI Part Two: Coping With the Effects of Severe TBI and SSA Disability
A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a frightening experience to endure—both for the victim and the victim’s family and friends. And when the TBI is classified as moderate to severe, the effects can be severe as well, resulting in neurobiological injuries that could last a lifetime.
That is why, as Massachusetts SSA disability specialists, we urge you and your family to discuss what your financial needs are and might be in the future. If you are unable to work because of TBI disability, you might want to consider applying for benefits.
What are some effects of a severe TBI?
A traumatic brain injury can affect just about any function in the body, depending on what part of the brain is damaged. Some of the major areas of disability include:
- Cognitive deficits: Confusion and trouble with attention, concentration, and memory are common deficits that can occur.
- Deficits of speech and language: These changes include difficulty with understanding spoken words, speaking, reading, and writing.
- Sensory deficits: Touch, temperature regulation, movement, and the movement of limbs can all be more difficult to interpret and control.
- Vision deficits: Some patients with TBI have vision problems, including partial or total vision loss, eye muscle weakness, problems with depth perception and distance interpretation, and light sensitivity.
- Hearing, smell, and taste deficits: Decreased or lost hearing, ringing in the ears, and sensitivity to noise can all occur. The sense of smell can also be diminished.
- Seizures: Patients with TBI sometimes experience several types of convulsive episodes.
- Physical changes: These changes can include paralysis, pain, difficulty with bowel or bladder control, fatigue, and sleep problems.
- Emotional and social problems: Aggression, depression, lack of awareness, denial, and lack of motivation are a few examples of these types of problems.
It will take time, rehabilitation, and lots of help from loved ones to learn to cope with the effects of a severe TBI. Because about 2 percent of all Americans live daily with a disability caused by a brain injury, it is important to know where to turn for help.
At Keefe Disability Law, we believe that every New England resident deserving SSA disability benefits should receive them. That is what drives us to work hard for our clients each and every day. Call us toll free at 888-904-6847 to get started applying for SSA disability benefits.
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