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August 26, 2020

A Cognitive impairment can make it difficult to hold down a job and support your family. Ranging in severity from mild memory loss to full-blown dementia and other life-altering symptoms, cognitive impairments can result from a brain injury, illness, or age. This blog will provide an overview of the different kinds of cognitive impairments and how such conditions could qualify for Social Security disability – especially with the help of an attorney advocating on your behalf. 

Social Security Disability Lawyer 

Hiring a disability attorney is the best way to ensure your application for disability benefits is ultimately successful. The Social Security Disability lawyer at Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O. will support you and your right to disability benefits. Our team works directly with physicians and other healthcare providers to ensure you are on the path to a successful disability claim. Call us today at 402-234-8787. You also can share your story here

What is a Cognitive Impairment? 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines cognitive impairments as conditions in which someone “has trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect their everyday life.” Cognitive impairments, according to the CDC, typically causes “memory loss that is happening more often or getting worse during the past 12 months.” The condition also can affect communication, judgment, problems in social situations, and inability to understand social cues. 

Cognitive impairment mostly affects adults age 65 and older – as many as 5.1 million – in the form of Alzheimer’s Disease. However, younger men and women also can suffer from cognitive impairment, typically after an injury or illness.

Mild cognitive impairment is usually not severe enough to interfere with daily life or inhibit the person’s ability to perform some kind of job. More severe forms of cognitive impairment could qualify for disability benefits, especially when the Social Security Administration takes your age, education, and transferable work skills into account – and when an attorney is working with officials on your behalf. 

Do I Qualify for Disability? 

Securing disability benefits is a complicated process. To qualify due to a cognitive impairment, applicants must suffer from at least one of the following symptoms:

  • Confusion and disorientation  
  • Memory loss, short and/or long-term 
  • Abrupt change in personality 
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations
  • Significant loss of IQ points

Medical Records and Cognitive Impairment 

It’s crucial that you provide SSA officials with medical records that show the history and treatment of your cognitive impairment disability. Your attorney can help ensure all of your records are gathered and in place. The records are a paper trail that help prove that your disability meets the SSA’s “Listing of Impairments” under Organic Mental Disorders. Officials will review your records to determine, among other things: 

  • A cognitive impairment diagnosis by a licensed physician.
  • A history of symptoms, including the injury or medical condition that caused the impairment. 
  • A physical examination in which the results were consistent with the cognitive impairment and its symptoms. 
  • Results of neuropsychiatric tests.

If your claim is denied, you can appeal. This is where having an attorney by your side is especially important to ensure your appeal hearing is a success. Keep in mind, disability lawyers don’t get paid if you lose your cognitive impairment disability case. If you win, they are paid no more than $6,000. The best way to win your cognitive impairment disability claim is to hire an attorney as soon as possible. 

About Watson & Carroll 

Watson & Carroll, P.C., L.L.O., is not a high-volume law firm that only speaks with clients when it is absolutely necessary. For us, it’s personal. Our team works closely with our clients and their loved ones – not only so that we understand their challenges and concerns, but so we can tailor our approach to address those factors, aggressively pursue results, and secure peace of mind. Whether it is a workers’ compensation case, a personal injury claim, a medical malpractice case, or advocating for disability benefits, we work to protect our clients and make sure their rights are upheld. 

Our firm can help. Call 402-234-8787 or email contact@watsoncarroll.com. You also can fill out our confidential contact form


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