Cognitive Disability Evaluations

People become disabled for many reasons. Convincing your state’s Social Security Disabilities office or the company’s insurance group that your disability is severe enough tto keep you from working will be part of your challenge

Many times, the disability follows some kind of trauma or insult to the brain such an auto accident, electrocution, head injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease.  The list, of course, is not exhaustive but all cases present a very challenging case for disability. The reason is that because our brain is the center of all we do, from thinking and planning to communicating with others.  The brain is the source of who we are and when it is having functional problems, it is very common for folks to view our behavior and personality as the source of our problems at work.  The truth may be that these concerns are common expressions of brain insult and make it a challenge to function well in the workplace.

The range of behaviors that can arise from neurological problems are many and no one presents with every one or to the same degree of severity.  Neurological disability determinations require a trained eye and collection of all available medical and work performance data.  This is typically done by a neuropsychologist, a clinician specially trained in brain-behavior relationships, both normal and unnormal.