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benefits, as long as certain criteria are met. There are no financial requirements for this benefit, and benefits can be received until age 65. After age 65, SSDI benefits automatically convert to Social Security retirement benefits. Application is through the Social Security Administration.

Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)

This aid is available to families with children under age 18 at home in which one parent is disabled. Certain financial requirements must be met. Application is through the local Department of Social Services.

Other Sources According to an article on the website for the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA, 2003), many states have passed legislation

creating programs and services for brain-injured individuals and their families. These programs are typically designed to provide services not available from other state and federal programs. Contact your state legislative office to see if a program like this exists in your state.

CHAPTER SEVEN: LEGAL ISSUES

A brain-injury survivor may have several legal issues to consider, whether or not the injury is the responsibility of another party. It will be helpful for family members to become familiar with some of the laws and acts listed below, as well as others that are not mentioned here.

LAWS RELATING TO BRAIN INJURY

Personal Injury Law

If an individual has sustained a brain injury as a result of the action or inaction of another person or entity, he or she may file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or entity responsible to recover monetary damages. Each personal injury case involves establishing liability and damages. Liability refers to demonstrating that the person or entity being charged is legally responsible for the injury. Damages refer to

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