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Suffered a severe head injury need help applying for SSDI

Recently on our disability legal forum a user asked, “I suffered a severe head injury in a bar fight. I have difficulty speaking and my short-term memory is gone. I need to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), but I am overwhelmed by the disability process and need help. Is there someone who can help me, and if so, what tasks can they help me complete?” Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Overview Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) provides wage replacement benefits to claimants who have been severely injured and cannot work for at least 12 continuous months. Although you did not provide enough information to determine whether your severe head injury is disabling and would qualify for benefits, many claimants with severe head injuries do qualify for SSDI.

Can I get help with my SSDI case for my severe head injury?

The good news is that the SSA is very open to claimants getting help with a variety of tasks for their SSDI claim. In fact, almost anyone can help you including a close friend, relative, or a professional such as a disability lawyer. Let’s take a closer look at tasks which can be done by another person.
  1. Completing SSDI application forms for your severe head injury.
As you might imagine, there are a variety of forms that need to be completed to apply for SSDI. Most the application process can be done online, but you will need a great deal of information such as your Social Security number, date of birth, citizenship status, military service information, spousal information, children’s information, employment information, date of disability, etc. Not only can your representative help you gather the information, they can also help you complete the online application.
  1. Accompanying you to the Social Security Disability office or to medical examinations.
With the exception of a disability lawyer, it is fine to ask a family member or friend to help you get to all of your disability appointments. Not only can they transport you, but they can also help you make a list of questions to ask the SSA or your consultative examiner.
  1. Help you understand SSDI rules and regulations.
Although a disability lawyer will probably be the most qualified to help answer questions about SSDI and the requirements you must meet to receive SSDI benefits, if you find the right friend or family member they may also be able to research the law, review your disability file, and ensure that you have sufficient evidence to be considered disabled. If your case is denied and you need to appeal your claim and present your case before a disability judge, it is recommended that you hire a disability lawyer to argue your case. Bottom Line: You are not alone. The SSA has no issue with claimants getting help applying for disability benefits. In fact, for many disability claimants who lack the mental capability or the physical strength, it may be impossible to apply for benefits without help. Recent blog: SSDI reconsideration and steps to prepare