This MAY help when filing...
Hubby - 52 yo - former CNC machine operator (factory - computerized equipment) for 30 years.
Traumatic Brain Injury January 2011 downhill skiing accident
Symptoms in my signature if u interested.
We filed for SSD April 2012 (been receiving long term disability payments from private insurer).
MY TIP:When I was filling out hubby paperwork, I listed an extremely detailed job description and also included INJURY STATISTICS QUOTED FROM DEPARTMENT OF LABOR website. CNC equipment is dangerous and requires good balance, hand/eye coordination, reflexes, etc.
Did it help us win? Dunno. But I am CONFIDENT it didn't hurt! Fully favorable approval just rec'd. PRAISE THE LORD!
So I thought for anyone applying that has a job with DANGEROUS machinery or the like - get the statistics on accidents/deaths etc from the GOVERNMENTS OWN WEBSITE and quote it to em! Then tie it back to your present symptoms for clarification and stress that the injuries the GOVERNMENT reported were from healthy/well persons which you are NOT, so your odds of injury would be tremendously increased.
Best wishes to all...
Blessings to you...
Wife of 54 year old hubby who sustained TBI January 2011 downhill skiing.
Hubby is: Machinist, off work since injury. 70% of the time feels really, really rotten (better! Used to be 99% of the time) 30% of time he just feels bad but can push thru to do something.
Current Symptoms: Light & noise sensitivity, brain fog (lessened by Zoloft), extreme fatigue, balance issues (walks with cane), cognitive problems (slowed & more difficult thinking), overwhelmed easily. Difficulty falling asleep but then could stay asleep for 12 hours or more
(Uses CPAP machine while sleeping due to apnea NOT caused by TBI)
All symptoms increased by stress, fatigue & crowds. Jostling movements (walking briskly, bumpy rides) are VERY bad & cause severe set-back
Seems to help: Taking 150mg Zoloft at night for symptom control, especially helps with "brain flips / swishing when walking" and brain fog (helped). 300 mg Gabapentin (100 3xdaily) for headaches (works pretty well. Minor headaches are eased by combined Acetaminophen & aspirin). Xanax for anxiety, but also seems to slow the overstimulation feeling when out-and-about. Feels best while lying down (vertical position seems to bring on symptoms)
Misc: Clear EEG, clear MRI'S (2 of them). No cut, bump or bruise after accident - all damage internal
Oddly enough, he's not bothered at ALL by tv
Praise the Lord he has NO difficulty driving.