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Traumatic brain injury can be as catastrophic financially as it is physically and emotionally. The person with traumatic brain injury may no longer be able to work, or a family member may need to leave her job to become a fulltime caregiver.

Although navigating the financial system can be incredibly frustrating and time-consuming, your future can depend on mastering the fine points of personal finance, health insurance, government benefits, and the law. Unfortunately, you or your family members need to start thinking about finances as soon as possible after the injury.

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Disability Benefits Through the Social Security Administration Are Available for People with Brain Injury
By: Michael Kaplen and Shana De Caro | March 26, 2013
Careful preparation of the disability application is crucial to obtaining appropriate benefits for people with TBI who cannot work.

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Learning Ways to Help People with TBI Who Are Unable to Manage Their Finances
By: Michael Kaplen, Esq. and Shana De Caro, Esq. | September 10, 2012
Crafting a plan to protect a person with a brain injury from his inability to manage finances while still affording him a degree of freedom and personal control is possible.

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What to Know About Trusts and Structured Settlements After Brain Injury
By: Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. | February 1, 2010
Make sure the funds you’ve saved for your child with TBI last his lifetime.

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The Olmstead Decision of 1999
By: Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. | June 1, 2009
What you should know about the right to services in integrated community settings.

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Planning Your Estate
By: Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. | April 1, 2009
Advice on how to provide long-term financial care for a loved one with a brain injury after you are gone.

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Figuring Out Social Security Benefits After a TBI
By: Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. | March 1, 2009
Detailed advice to help you navigate the maze.


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