Brain injuries can leave you with long-term consequences. After experiencing one in Connecticut, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. When you apply for financial assistance, there are usually qualifications that you must meet in order to receive this compensation.

When you file for Social Security disability benefits, you usually must prove that you have a disabling condition. The Neurologic Rehabilitation Institute at Brookhaven Hospital says that the Social Security Administration has a list of conditions they typically provide compensation for. However, if your condition is not listed, you may still receive benefits. Proof of your inability to work because of your brain injury is required in these cases. Conditions generally covered by the SSA include complications from strokes and epilepsy.

Additionally, you may need to prove that your work and financial situation meets the accepted guidelines. Some Social Security programs require you to have a certain number of work credits. The 2013 guidelines also state that your monthly income must be $1,040 or less to receive assistance. Some programs have more restrictive financial guidelines. It is advised that you look into them to ensure that you are eligible.

You may file an application for Social Security benefits either in person or online. You usually need to include medical records and report as much information as possible. It is recommended that you have another person help you to ensure that all relevant information has been included. You may file an appeal if you are not approved for assistance. There is a 60-day time limit for this process, so it is important to remain aware of your claim and the steps necessary to receive benefits.

The information given above is meant to inform. It should not be used in place of legal advice.

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