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Can a traumatic brain injury result in a disabling condition?

We often take our health for granted, but it can only take a split-second for a severe head injury to occur. You could be injured playing your favorite sport, be a victim in a sudden car crash, suffer a workplace injury, or slip and fall on a wet grocery store floor. Sadly, no one in Anaheim is immune to a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the complications that could follow.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of all injury-related fatalities across the nation, 30 percent have a TBI as a contributing factor. In fact, the CDC reports that around 2.5 million people in the United States suffered a TBI in 2010. And the more severe the TBI, the more likely a stay in the hospital will be necessary.

A severe TBI, even if it doesn't result in a fatality, could still lead to amnesia or a coma. A TBI can affect a person's cognitive function, motor function, senses, and emotions. According to the CDC, of those who were hospitalized after suffering a TBI, 43 percent still had some sort of disabling condition 12 months following the initial injury. The CDC reports that about 5.3 million people in the United States are currently living with some sort of disabling condition related to a TBI, impacting every aspect of their daily lives, including whether or not the individual is able to work, live independently, and have meaningful relationships with others.

As this shows, a severe TBI can disable a person completely for a long time. If a person suffers a TBI, and due to its complications is unable to work for a year or more, that person may want to look into the possibility of pursuing Social Security disability benefits. The costs of living with a serious injury can be prohibitive, especially when combined with the costs it takes to maintain a reasonable standard of living. Social Security benefits can help an individual meet their financial needs when their disability prevents them from working.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Injury Prevention & Control: Traumatic Brain Injury & Concussion," Accessed Dec. 12, 2016

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