Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How does someone with a Brain Injury apply for Social Security Benefits?

Here is a downloadable guide for Brain Injury Survivors to apply for Social Security Benefits:
How-To Guide for Brain Injury Survivors to apply for Social Security Benefits

Q: Is a concussion a brain injury?

Concussions are a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) caused by a blow or jolt to the head. The injury can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works.

A person does not need to lose consciousness to sustain a concussion.

You cannot see a concussion, but you might notice some of the symptoms right away. Other symptoms can show up days or weeks after the injury. It is best to see a health care professional if you think you might have a concussion. An undiagnosed concussion can affect your abilities at school or work and in everyday activities.

Q: If I have a concussion, when Will I Get Better?

Your concussion symptoms can begin to decrease in the first few weeks/months depending on the severity of your injury. You may notice more difficulty in some situations than others. You might get tired after reading, studying or watching TV. It may be harder to do two things at once, such as talking on the phone and working on the computer.

Take things slow and be patient with yourself. Do not participate in contact sports until your health care professional says it is okay.

Download: Concussion Facts Sheet (pdf 1,683 KB)