Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is caused when the brain is traumatically injured by an external force such as a violent blow to the head or the body. Individuals with TBI experience a wide array of symptoms, depending on the cause including the type of force, severity, and location of the injury.

Residents in Broward County who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury often sustain life changing complications to their physical and mental health, including their ability to work. In these cases, individuals with traumatic brain injury may be eligible for Florida Social Security disability benefits.

Traumatic Brain Injury Symptoms

Each individual varies in the wide array of physical and psychological symptoms associated with TBI. Some effects surface immediately, while others don’t appear for weeks or months.

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Profound confusion
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Slurred speech
  • Agitation and aggression
  • Persistent vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Weakness in hands, fingers, legs, and feet
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Memory and concentration problems

Traumatic Brain Injury Complications

Some individuals incur severe effects immediately after a traumatic brain injury, depending on the severity of the impact. Serious complications are listed below.

  • Altered Consciousness: such as coma, vegetative state, minimally conscious state, and locked in syndrome
  • Seizures: may occur soon after injury and may result in recurring seizures, called post-traumatic epilepsy
  • Fluid Buildup: fluid buildup within brain spaces, causing brain swelling and pressure
  • Infections: a skull fracture may tear protective tissues surrounding the brain that allows bacteria to enter the brain and cause infection, called meningitis
  • Blood Vessel Damage: causing stroke or blood clots
  • Nerve Damage: paralysis, double vision, vision loss, swallowing problems
  • Cognitive Problems: memory loss, learning disability, slow mental processing
  • Communication Problems: understanding, speaking, reading, writing, conversing
  • Behavior Changes: poor self control, risky behavior, outbursts
  • Emotional Changes: depression, anxiety, mood swings, anger, insomnia
  • Sensory Problems: ears ring, painful skin issues, impaired eye-hand coordination
  • Degenerative Brain Disease: Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, dementia

Often, a traumatic brain injury makes it impossible to manage everyday living. At this point, an individual may consider applying for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA will determine if the claimant is eligible. It is vital to gain the expert advice of a South Florida disability attorney who can help describe the effects of the traumatic brain injury in detail that will be required in order to qualify for benefits.

When you or a loved one suffers from severe effects and complications associated with traumatic brain injury, it is essential to talk with an experienced South Florida Social Security disability attorney. Your attorney can help you prepare your paperwork to get the results you are looking for.

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