Your brain and central nervous system make up much of who you are. Not only do these vital parts of your body control everything you do, but they determine your personality and work ethic. Consequently, a serious brain infection may make it impossible for you to do your current job or any other one.
According to the Mayo Clinic, bacterial meningitis is a potentially deadly inflammation of the nervous system. When not fatal, the condition can lead to serious and life-altering complications, such as paralysis or memory difficulties. Luckily, a bacterial meningitis diagnosis may qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits.
How long has your condition persisted?
Bacterial meningitis typically does not last long, with most patients recovering in weeks or months. If your condition persists longer than a year, though, you may be eligible for SSDI benefits. This is especially true if your bacterial meningitis is resistant to treatment or requires ongoing or frequent hospitalization.
Do you have meningitis-related complications?
Even if you no longer have bacterial meningitis, you may have related complications that make you eligible for SSDI benefits. These may include one or more of the following:
- Vision, hearing or speech loss
- Brain or spinal cord damage
- Paralysis or mobility issues
- Organ damage
- Memory difficulties
When should you apply for benefits?
Provided you have a sufficient number of work credits and an impairment that has lasted for at least a year, there is probably no reason to wait to apply for SSDI benefits. Nevertheless, winning approval for bacterial meningitis or its related complications can be challenging.
Ultimately, by presenting a comprehensive application, you are likely to improve your odds of receiving the benefits you deserve.