Los Angeles Brain Injury Lawyer
When someone is involved in a traumatic physical incident like a fall, a car accident, violent criminal act, falling debris, blasts, explosions or a professional football game, it’s natural to look for swelling, bruises, cuts, and abrasions. Brain injuries are also frequent – as we know from stories about professional football players – but they’re too seldom diagnosed accurately or promptly. A brain injury can happen to anyone, anywhere: in a car accident, in a slip-and-fall mishap, by tripping on stairs, or even just walking down the street.
A head injury is one that affects the cerebrum, skull, or the area between the brain and skull that helps protect the brain from injury. Following trauma to the head, symptoms of head injuries range from dizziness, nausea, headaches, temporary loss of consciousness, confusion, slurred speech, fluid leaking from the ears, nose, or mouth, extended loss of consciousness, and death.
Medical expenses and related costs mount up rapidly, and if your injury makes you unable to work, you’re likely going to need help to pay the bills. The head injury sufferer may be entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Unfortunately for those with valid claims, the SSA is well known for denying applications for lack of proof or for improperly filled out sections. For this reason, anyone who is unable to work because of a head injury should speak with an experienced Los Angeles brain injury lawyer for help with the application process.
SHORT AND LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF BRAIN INJURIES
Brain injuries are often difficult to diagnose; in many cases, a brain injury isn’t even detectable for weeks or even months. The slightest brain injury symptom can over time expand into something far more threatening, and even minor brain injuries sometimes result in startling personality changes, mood swings, and cognition and memory difficulties.
In brain injury cases, correct diagnosis and treatment are crucial; tests must be conducted to establish the condition and to determine the impact of the brain injury on a victim’s future. It is essential that you seek medical help if you believe that you have suffered a brain injury. It is always better to be safe than sorry, so if you suspect that you have a brain injury, get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible, even if you have your doubts.
Brain injuries can be catastrophic. In the United States, post-concussion syndrome is now a serious health concern. Some of the long-term effects of severe brain injury still are not well understood.
The long-term effects of a brain injury may include seizures or even impaired brain function and permanent disability. Multiple brain injuries, even minor injuries, have cumulative, “snowballing” effects.
Some of the recent research has centered on repeated injuries to the cerebrum. Even when a patient has fully recovered from a brain injury, the risk of permanent damage from a second injury, even a mild concussion, greatly increases. And the negative effects of multiple concussions can be cumulative over years and decades. Brain injuries affect victims mentally, physically, and sometimes emotionally. Sleep disorders and prolonged depression can both be symptoms of an underlying or undiagnosed brain injury.
A good lawyer will work with neurologists and other specialists to compile the evidence you’ll need to prevail. If you are a brain injury victim in the southern California area, find an experienced Los Angeles attorney to advise and represent you, and do it at once. Your health and your future are your paramount priorities.
SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS FOR BRAIN INJURIES
If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and have suffered impairment in your ability to work, it is important for you to ascertain your chances for a claim under the Social Security disability benefits program.
The Social Security Disability Insurance program is designed to provide benefits for people who are incapable of earning a sustainable income because of their impairment. If you have suffered a traumatic brain injury, and are disabled and unable to work, speak to a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer for help filing a claim.
Remember, the Social Security Administration will require substantial proof of your medical condition, and specifically your impairment in order to approve your claim. If the agency finds that it does not have access to all of your medical records, then you may not have a favorable outcome. Provide all necessary medical evidence including medical records, doctor reports and other types of evidence to avoid a lengthy appeals process. Seek the help of a Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer if you need help gathering the necessary information.
AN EXPERIENCED LOS ANGELES SOCIAL SECURITY LAWYER
If you’ve been involved in a traffic or workplace accident, are you suffering from blurred vision, hearing loss, headaches, memory loss or mood swings? It’s very possible that these could be the symptoms of an undiagnosed brain injury. An experienced brain injury attorney will advise you regarding your best options, and he or she will work with the physicians and other experts you’ll need regarding treatment.
Tony Adderley is well versed in the area of benefits law and has been an advocate for those who are unemployable due to physical or mental illness for several years. He and his team of skilled legal professionals can help those who may be entitled to SSD benefits even if they have already been denied. Contrary to what they might think, an initial application denial is not the end of the road, and many who have been denied for coverage are able to subsequently win coverage once they prove to the SSA the existence of an injury and the inability to work.
Part of the trouble with proving an injury and the inability of the sufferer to work are the SSA’s strict proof requirements. Fortunately, Los Angeles brain injury lawyer Tony Adderley knows exactly what the SSA is looking for in an application package and knows exactly what a person needs to do to produce adequate proof of an injury.