New Jersey residents are aware that a brain injury can seriously affect a victim’s ability to perform daily life tasks. The patient may suffer from memory loss, disability, headaches and the person may be unable to sit, stand, bend or communicate. Since the brain is one of the most complicated organs of the human anatomy, the effects of injury are very complex and can differ in every person.
Recovery from a brain injury may need complex and long-term medical care. State and local government programs, federal programs, religious organizations, not-for-profit organizations and foundations and local fundraising events are all ways for persons suffering from traumatic brain injuries to obtain financial assistance. However, not every person may be eligible for these forms of compensation.
Social Security Disability Income and Supplemental Security Income are two federal programs that may come to the rescue of a person suffering from brain injuries. Social Security Disability Insurance pays compensation to the injured party or dependents when the injured has worked and paid Social Security income tax before the injury. SSI helps people with little or no income by providing assistance to buy food, clothing and a place to live.
To claim SSDI benefits, an online application can be filed or a phone call can be made to the Social Security Administration to arrange for an appointment. Sometimes, the persons making claims for Social Security Disability benefits may be denied benefits for various reasons, including incorrect filing of the claim or incomplete information. Hence, it is advisable to be well-informed about the procedure and requirements before the scheduled appointment, which may help a claimant complete the formalities in one visit.
Source: Brain Injury Association of America, “Is there financial assistance for people with brain injury and their families?,” Accessed on Nov. 14, 2014