Social Security Disability Claims based on Organic Brain Disorder

Social Security Disability Claims based on Organic Brain Disorder

shutterstock_177192965A person can win Social Security Disability benefits based on the diagnosis of organic brain disorder.  Unlike cognitive delay that may be diagnosed at first in early childhood the organic brain disorder is a result of a traumatic event such as a severe brain trauma or it can be a result of another disease process such as Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.  The way to win an organic brain disorder case is to look at the IQ scores that are the person may have had before the triggering episode.  For example, if somebody were in a car accident where they suffered serious brain trauma and since that car accident family members notice that they are extremely slow and they have trouble reading, headaches or they experience personality changes what we do is that we get the IQ scores from that person’s school records, hopefully those IQ scores are on record, and we compare them to current IQ scores or cognitive testing.

If there is a fifteen point difference in IQ scores between the premorbid score and the score after the brain trauma or the incident then that person will be found disabled under the organic brain disorder listing that Social Security has even if we do not have those IQ scores and we cannot satisfy the specific listing thirty party testimony really goes far in organic brain disorder cases where a family member or somebody who knew the person before and after the incident can testify as to the difference this persons entire way of behaving and their activities and daily living.  One thing about the Alzheimer’s, which is an organic brain disorder, if you have early onset Alzheimer’s just be reminded that you will be on the Compassionate Allowance list for disability and you can get your initial application expedited and win our benefits fairly quickly.

This short informational blog post was provided by Anne Howard, an experienced Connecticut Social Security Disability Lawyer.