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All He did was fall about 12 feet off of a ladder. Problem is He landed on his head. There was a brain bleed which the doctors decided to not drill. By not drilling (this is called a closed skull brain injury) the swelling of the brain killed grey matter.
For almost two years He has suffered vertigo, headaches, emotional instability (including but not limited to rage and depression) etc.
We finally came to realize He did not receive the initial medical care or diagnosis needed to treat and live with the medical condition. Think of it as going to the doctor for a broken arm- them saying they don't know what is wrong with you and then sending you home.
We are currently trying to learn more about the condition and ensure job protection under ADA. We are also trying to get medical care, both physical and psychiatric.
In order to be declared disabled one has to contact SSA and (without a medical diagnosis) be evaluated by their doctors. Then begin the SSA process which includes initial denial of services, a lawsuit/ atty. This process could take 12 or more months.
We have received extensive advice on how to apply for and collect SSDI. Because there is a cap on earnings and SSDI we have been told how to lower income (401k, employer insurance etc.) The problem with this is during the time of reduced wages, waiting for approval, how do the bills get met?
Then three years later He could be approved for medicare services and get to see medical professionals. He visited Vocational Rehabilitation Services today and was denied assistance because (are you ready for this?) he has a job.
We have been advised, while we cannot get any job security assistance related to ADA without a SSA certification, once he is terminated no less than 5 different agencies will fight on his behalf for reinstatement.
TBI is not an instance where a free clinic is recommended for treatment. This is a case where a specialist is mandated.
Perhaps if we were willing to just collect disability the process required to obtain medical care would not seem as daunting.
Asked by Anonymous at 1:27 PM on Jul. 11, 2012 in Health
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