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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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Building a "Survivor Family" After Traumatic Brain Injury
May 4, 2015
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.

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Ten Ways to Stay Financially Afloat After TBI
Personal Stories | August 29, 2013
Rosemary knows that money cannot buy happiness, but she "could draw a stark line between anguish and peace of mind with dollar bills."

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Disability Benefits
By: Social Security Administration | May 30, 2013
Learn more about the benefits of the Social Security disability program, who can qualify, and how to apply.

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Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
By: Social Security Administration | May 30, 2013
Learn more about what Supplemental Security Income is, who can get it, and how to apply.

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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 | Ask the Expert | 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. | Ask the Expert | 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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Glossary of Health Coverage and Medical Terms
By: The United States Office of Management and Budget | March 24, 2012
Navigating the world of health insurance can be difficult, especially after a brain injury. These basic terms can help you get started.

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Five Things to Consider When Setting Up a Special Needs Trust
By: Joanne Marcus, MSW | June 1, 2010
Don't delay setting up a special needs trust for your loved one with TBI.

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

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Paying the Bills: Health Insurance, Disability Pay, and Attorneys
By: Garry Prowe | January 1, 2010
Financial and legal issues after a TBI can feel like walking through a maze. Learn how to find your way.

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Financial Planning for Special Needs Care: Special Needs Trusts (SNTs)
By: CORE Health Care | September 29, 2009
Creating a long-term care plan for a loved one with special needs is crucial.

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What Is It We Are Really Fearing?
By: Kara Swanson | August 17, 2009
Making peace — sort of — with being broke after TBI.

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Can You Make and Keep Relationships If You Don’t Have Much Money?
By: Jeffrey Kreutzer, Laura Taylor, and Lee Livingston | June 19, 2009
More than 30 ideas to help you make friends after a brain injury.

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

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Medical Debt After TBI
By: BrainLine | Research Update | April 30, 2009
Why are people with brain injury at greater risk for bankruptcy?

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Planning Your Estate
By: Michael V. Kaplen, Esq. | Ask the Expert | 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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Beneficios por incapacidad
By: Administración del Seguro Social | Spanish | April 1, 2009
Entérense más acerca de los beneficios que le ofrecen los programas del Seguro Social por discapacidad, quién puede ser elegible y sobre cómo solicitarlos.

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

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Coping with Mild TBI: Finances
By: Diane Roberts Stoler, EdD, and Barbara Albers Hill | January 30, 2009
Learn how best to tackle financial problems that can arise after a TBI.

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How Do I Know If I Need an Attorney?
By: Matthew A. Passen | January 1, 2009
Consider legal guidance you may need.

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Addressing Concerns Related to Losing Social Security and Health Care Benefits
By: Virginia Commonwealth University | January 1, 2008
It's crucial to get accurate information and guidance on the potential impact of earnings on benefits after TBI.

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Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI)
By: Administración del Seguro Social | Spanish | October 1, 2007
Aprenda más sobre lo que es el ingreso suplementario del Seguro Social, quién puede obtenerlo y cómo se puede solicitar.


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