Acquired Brain Injury

It is not unheard of for individuals through the course of their life to be in an accident that results in some type and degree of injury to the head and /or brain. When an injury occurs to the brain after birth, it is called an acquired brain injury or may also be known as brain damage.

Acquired brain injuries typically affect the cognitive, physical, emotional, or independent functioning of the brain and individual. They can be a result of traumatic brain injuries like accidents, falls, or assaults. Non-traumatic brain injuries, like strokes, brain tumors, infections, poisoning, hypoxia, and substance abuse, can also cause brain injuries or damage. The majority of definitions of acquired brain injuries exclude neurodegenerative disorders.

Individuals with acquired brain injuries should not be confused with those people who have an intellectual disability. Those who have experienced a brain injury might have difficulties controlling, coordinating, and communicating their thoughts and actions but they still, in the majority of cases, retain their intellectual abilities.

Brain injuries produce varied effects that are not identical in any two people. Even if the injury was the same in two individuals, the brain injury’s effect is likely to be very different in each affected person. No two people should or can expect the same outcome or resulting difficulties when a brain injury occurs.

The brain is responsible for controlling all of a person’s life. When it is damaged, there will likely be effects of this damage present in a variety of ways. Even a relatively minor injury frequently results in a serious disability that will interfere with or prohibit a person’s daily functioning and personal activities for the rest of his or her life.

Contact an Indianapolis Social Security Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been afflicted with an acquired brain injury, contact the Indianapolis social security disability lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (800) 520-3633 to discuss the social security disability process.