There are few things as terrifying as sustaining a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The human brain is a very complex organ, and medical professionals do not know everything there is to know about it. Thus, it can be impossible to accurately predict exactly what the long-term effects of your particular brain injury will be.
However, there are a few common types of disabilities that often result from brain injuries that you should be aware of if you have recently suffered a serious car crash or other type of accident that resulted in trauma to your head.
Common effects of brain injuries
The symptoms of brain injury you are likely to face depend upon the severity of the injury, and the area of the brain that suffered damage. In a mild case, you may simply have a concussion that will heal on its own after a few days.
For moderate to severe cases, you could face symptoms such as the diminution or total loss of senses (such as sight), seizures, loss of memory, loss of ability to concentrate and behavioral issues.
One of the most worrisome aspects of brain injures is that they can often become worse over time. Even if you initially don’t feel serious symptoms, with time you might develop conditions such as seizures, inflammation, and decreased neurogenesis (meaning slower healing of damaged brain cells).
When TBIs qualify as disabilities
Every employer has different definitions of “disability” or “total disability” in its long term disability benefits policy. In general, however, to qualify for long-term disability benefits through your employer’s disability plan, a condition must interfere with your ability to perform your work duties.
If the symptoms of your brain injury render you unable to function like you used to, and your condition shows no signs of improving any time soon, your condition could qualify as a long-term disability through your employer’s long term disability plan. If your employer’s insurance carrier rejects your request for long term disability benefits, or grants and then terminates those benefits, you may need to consult an attorney to explore your options.
Living with a traumatic brain injury can be an unpredictable and ever-changing experience, and it can affect every facet of your life. Requesting disability benefits could be what you need in order to be able to deal with the severe effects of your injury.