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.
Building a "Survivor Family" After Traumatic Brain Injury
Looking back with the benefit of hindsight, I now see that my family was not fractured. It was slowly being rebuilt as a new kind of family — a survivor family.
Ten Ways to Stay Financially Afloat After TBI
Rosemary knows that money cannot buy happiness, but she "could draw a stark line between anguish and peace of mind with dollar bills."
Medical Care Issues for Adolescents with Brain Injury
Not having coordinated medical care after a TBI can complicate matters, especially for adolescents who are trying to transition to independent adulthood.
Learn more about the benefits of the Social Security disability program, who can qualify, and how to apply.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Learn more about what Supplemental Security Income is, who can get it, and how to apply.
Disability Benefits Through the Social Security Administration Are Available for People with Brain Injury
Careful preparation of the disability application is crucial to obtaining appropriate benefits for people with TBI who cannot work.
Learning Ways to Help People with TBI Who Are Unable to Manage Their Finances
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.
Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms
Navigating the world of health insurance can be difficult, especially after a brain injury. These basic terms can help you get started.
Five Things to Consider When Setting Up a Special Needs Trust
Don't delay setting up a special needs trust for your loved one with TBI.
What to Know About Trusts and Structured Settlements After Brain Injury
Make sure the funds you’ve saved for your child with TBI last his lifetime.
Paying the Bills: Health Insurance, Disability Pay, and Attorneys
Financial and legal issues after a TBI can feel like walking through a maze. Learn how to find your way.
Financial Planning for Special Needs Care: Special Needs Trusts (SNTs)
Creating a long-term care plan for a loved one with special needs is crucial.
What Is It We Are Really Fearing?
Making peace — sort of — with being broke after TBI.
Can You Make and Keep Relationships If You Don’t Have Much Money?
More than 30 ideas to help you make friends after a brain injury.
The Olmstead Decision of 1999
What you should know about the right to services in integrated community settings.
Medical Debt After TBI
Why are people with brain injury at greater risk for bankruptcy?
Planning Your Estate
Advice on how to provide long-term financial care for a loved one with a brain injury after you are gone.
Beneficios por incapacidad
Entérense más acerca de los beneficios que le ofrecen los programas del Seguro Social por discapacidad, quién puede ser elegible y sobre cómo solicitarlos.
Figuring Out Social Security Benefits After a TBI
Detailed advice to help you navigate the maze.
Coping with Mild TBI: Finances
Learn how best to tackle financial problems that can arise after a TBI.
How Do I Know If I Need an Attorney?
Consider legal guidance you may need.
Addressing Concerns Related to Losing Social Security and Health Care Benefits
It's crucial to get accurate information and guidance on the potential impact of earnings on benefits after TBI.
Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI)
Aprenda más sobre lo que es el ingreso suplementario del Seguro Social, quién puede obtenerlo y cómo se puede solicitar.