When a brain injury causes a temporary or permanent disability, the survivor and their family will need support to get through the injury and reach maximum possible recovery.
Financial Support for Brain Injury Victims
- Short-term Disability Insurance – If the brain injury victim was employed at the time of the accident, and the accident was not caused by their job, he or she may be eligible for short-term disability insurance benefits through the state of California. Short-term disability insurance is available for up to one year. Additional information can be found on the State of California Employment Development Department’s website.
- Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Benefits – The Social Security Administration provides Social Security Benefits to individuals who have become disabled and would otherwise be eligible to collect Social Security Benefits. The disability must be expected to last longer than one year before the victim will be considered for benefits.
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) – If the victim is not eligible for SSDI benefits, they may be able to receive SSI through the Social Security Administration.
More extensive information on SSDI and SSI can also be found on our Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income pages.
Rehabilitation and Support Services for Brain Injury Victims
Recovering from a brain injury requires time, energy and support. Finding the right rehabilitation programs is a key component to achieving the fullest possible recovery. Depending on the severity of the injury, your geographic location and the services you need, some prominent rehabilitation programs may be a good fit for your needs. You may wish to consider:
- St. Jude Medical Center’s Brain Injury Network
- Mercy General Hospital’s Coordinated Care Project
- The Betty Clooney Center
- The Central Coast Center for Independent Living
- The Making Headway Center
- The Pomeroy Center
- OPTIONS Family Services
- State of California Programs
- Federal Programs
If none of these suggested locations are a good fit for your needs, you may wish to conduct a search in your area for disability programs and services. Finding a program that focuses on, or provides support for, brain injury victims is best whenever possible, because brain injury victims have very specific needs.
If you have questions about disability programs and services for brain injury victims, we are happy to share what we have learned through the years representing individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by brain injuries. Call us today.