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Social security disability for epilepsy

On Behalf of | May 4, 2020 | Social Security Disability

If you suffer from debilitating epileptic seizures, you may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. The frequency and type of epilepsy seizures you experience may greatly impact your eligibility for SSA. 

Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects approximately 3.4 million people in the United States. This condition is a severe impairment and may have depilating effects, particularly for patients who do not have positive results from medications. 

Income limitations 

If you are making over $1,220 per month, Social Security automatically disqualifies you from receiving benefits. Ensure that you meet the minimum income requirements before moving forward with an application. 

Methods of evaluation 

There are specific guidelines for determining if your epilepsy qualifies you for SSDI. Your current condition needs to not have improved through medication intervention. As disclosed by Social Security, the following are types of qualifying diagnoses: 

  • Generalized tonic-clonic seizures that occur at least once per month for a minimum of three months or occur once every two months for a minimum of four weeks in a row and negatively impact your physical or mental capability. 
  • Dyscognitive seizures that occur at least once per week for a minimum of three weeks in a row or that occur once every two weeks for a minimum of three days in a row and negatively impact your physical or mental functions. 

If your condition falls within one of these categories, you may be a strong candidate for SSDI benefits. 

The process after applying 

After you apply for benefits, a claims examiner reviews your application to determine eligibility. Your medical history may be a significant aspect of the research for determining eligibility. Some of the factors examined include the following: 

  • Epilepsy diagnosis 
  • Statement from your doctor confirming your symptoms 
  • Record of medication and how they have affected you 

If they find that you can perform your work without interference from your diagnosis, they may refuse benefits. It is important to show that the condition prevents you from engaging in normal activity and has a significant impact on your life.