The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability lawyers are here to help and support you during this time.

Epilepsy is a syndrome characterized as a chronic neurological disorder with recurrent, unprovoked seizures. There are different kinds of seizures—brief, electrical disturbances in the brain—and each person’s seizures are unique to him or her. If you have one seizure during your lifetime, you aren’t considered to have epilepsy.

There are different kinds of epilepsy affecting nearly 2.5 million Americans, and each form comes with varied symptoms. Epilepsy usually can be controlled with prescription medication, but can’t be cured with medication alone. In some cases where medication isn’t preventing epileptic episodes, surgery may be considered.

Epilepsy and Social Security Disability

Epilepsy is considered a disabling condition by the SSA and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on the condition and your age. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that affects the central or peripheral nervous system.

Epilepsy is evaluated by the SSA based on the degree of impairment according to type, frequency, duration, and resulting conditions of seizures. At least one detailed description of a typical seizure is required and must include the presence or absence of aura, tongue bites, sphincter control, injuries associated with the attack, and postictal phenomena.

Your physician should indicate the extent to which the description of seizures reflects his or her own observations and the source of ancillary information. Testimony from other reliable sources other than your own is essential for description of type and frequency of seizures if professional observation is not available.

Helping You With the SSA Approval Process

Although the SSA considers epilepsy a disabling condition, many people like you may get their benefits claims denied due to lack of evidence, incomplete forms, or missing information. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know how important SSD benefits are to your family when you can’t work, and that’s why we’ll do everything in our power to build a strong claim for you and fight to get it approved.

Don’t let fear of attorney’s fees stop you from getting the help you deserve. Our law firm offers a promise—you don’t owe us anything unless we get benefits for you and your family. Contact us today—just dial (800) 477-7315 to speak with our Social Security Disability lawyers.

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