Chicago Brain Injury Attorneys

Illinois Social Security Disability Lawyers

Approximately 5 million Americans currently suffer some form of disability caused by a traumatic brain injury. The leading causes of traumatic brain injuries include motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports-related injuries. Brain injuries can result in serious, lifelong injuries, including severe personality changes, diminished cognitive and motor abilities, and other lifelong disabilities. If you are unable to work because of a brain injury, you may be entitled to social security disability benefits.

Because traumatic brain injuries may require a lifetime of medical and psychological treatment and care, and prevent an individual from engaging in substantial gainful employment, victims of traumatic brain injuries should seek the advice and counsel of an experienced social security disability attorney like those at the Chicago social security disability law firm of Ankin Law to learn more about available social security disability benefits.

Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

There are several different types of traumatic brain injuries, all of which range in degree of severity and lifestyle impact. Some common types of brain injuries include:

Direct Trauma
Indirect Trauma
Diffuse Axonal Injury (severe and sudden twisting of the brain)
Hypoxia or Toxic Substance Exposure (lack of oxygen to the brain or the exposure to toxic substances)
Secondary brain injury (swelling of the brain, collection of blood on the brain, or fluid on the brain)

Social Security Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for social security disability benefits, such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), an applicant must show that his or her brain injury prevents the applicant from engaging in any kind of employment. Traumatic brain injury is not listed as a specific medical condition on the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) “Listing of Impairments,”. Rather, traumatic brain injuries are considered under Section 11.00 Neurological Impairments and are evaluated according to the criteria for cerebral trauma.

Social security disability eligibility is based on the level of residual functional capacity of a claimant. In other words, eligibility depends on what a claimant can still do despite his or her medical condition.

Unsurpassed Legal Experience

The social security disability claim process is complex and requires that you provide detailed and comprehensive supporting information regarding your brain injury, previous employment, current employment, income and resources, and other factors. The knowledgeable Chicago social security disability attorneys at Ankin Law focus on helping clients suffering from traumatic brain injury obtain social security disability benefits. If you or a loved one suffers from a traumatic brain injury, contact us at (872) 529-9377 to schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Chicago social security disability attorneys.


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Ankin Law

10 N Dearborn, Suite 500
Chicago, Illinois 60602

(872) 529-9377