Brain damage can cause serious, lifelong problems for people. One problem caused by brain damage is developmental aphasia. Developmental aphasia can be complete or partial language impairment. It often has a significant impact on a person’s life and ability to succeed with basic life skills, make adequate educational progress, or maintain employment.
Symptoms of Developmental Aphasia
Aphasia can affect any area of language. It, therefore, has many possible symptoms including a difficulty with or inability to:
- Comprehend language;
- Pronounce language or form words;
- Speak spontaneously or name objects;
- Read; or
These symptoms must not be due to other conditions or to lack of education or other environmental factors. Instead, the symptoms must be present because of an abnormality in the person’s brain.
Proving This Disability
In order to prove developmental aphasia, it is important to have a diagnosis of developmental aphasia from a qualified specialist or doctor. For example, a child may be screened for developmental aphasia by a speech and language pathologist as part of a special education evaluation. Any screening should be confirmed by a medical doctor.
Social security disability will consider developmental aphasia to be a disability if it has lasted, or is expected to last, for more than one year. The diagnosis and prognosis must be carefully documented in the person’s medical records.
Filing a Claim and Getting Benefits
A person under age 18 will need to prove that his or her developmental aphasia is so significant that it results in marked and severe functional limitations. A person over the age of 18 will need to prove that the condition prevents them from working.
A claim may be filed online, over the phone or in person at a social security office. It is important to fill out the claim completely and to provide all required supporting documentation.
If your claim is denied then you have the right to appeal or ask for a reconsideration. It is important to consult a lawyer and have the lawyer ascertain why the claim was denied so that you can ensure to provide all of the necessary information when you file your appeal.Your lawyer can help not only on appeal, but also when you file your initial claim. Developmental aphasia is a serious condition that can severely limit your life. Your lawyer understands that and will fight to get you the benefits that you deserve.