March is National Brain Injury Awareness Month

Traumatic brain injury (TBI), a form of acquired brain injury, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. You can suffer traumatic brain injuries in a variety of ways, such as in a car accident, workplace injuries, falls, explosive blasts, or other combat-related injuries. Symptoms of a TBI can be mild, moderate, or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. Traumatic brain injuries can have wide-ranging physical and psychological effects.

People who suffer brain injuries may be unable to work and need help to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. In cases involving long-term disability, individuals and their families must make decisions on financial issues, estate planning, returning to work or school, establishing a guardianship or a power of attorney.

If you or a loved one is suffering from a brain injury-related disability are unable to work, you should apply for Social Security Disability benefits. Unfortunately, the application process is confusing and time-consuming. The Social Security Administration approves less than 30% of initial applications. This forces individuals to navigate the appeals process.

If you are under 50, there is a good chance your case will go to a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Hiring an attorney early in your case may make all the difference. As Brain injuries affect each person differently, it is important to have a strategy particular to each individual.
At MCV law, we represent individuals at all levels of the Social Security Disability claims process, from applications, appeals, hearings, and appeals to the AC and Federal Court. We understand everyone’s circumstances are different and work with you to develop a strategy in your case, help you with all documents, obtain medical evidence, file appeals, prepare you and represent you at your hearing, and file appeals as needed.

Contact a Social Security Disability Lawyer

Some Resources available in Central New York

Brain Injury Association of New York
Brain Injury Coalition of Central New York 315-425-5364
University Hospital Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program 315-464-5540
Family Brain Injury Support Group-Upstate Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 315-464-2300
ARISE Traumatic Brain Injury Program 315-472-3171