Qualifying for Epilepsy Disability Benefits

July 5, 2022


Is Epilepsy a Disability?

If you suffer from epilepsy and/or you cannot work because of seizures, you can file for Social Security Disability benefits to help you pay for your accommodation, utilities, food, and other necessities. This post gives a detailed description of the requirements you must meet to qualify for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance).

What are the Qualifications for Claiming Epilepsy Disability Benefits?

To be eligible for the SSDI benefits, you must meet the listed requirements of the Social Society Administration. Our Social Security lawyers at Kapor Davis Law in Cincinnati, OH, will help you evaluate your condition to know if you qualify for SSDI. Here is a list of SSA’s blue book epilepsy eligibility qualifications:

  • You have seizures, which pose a danger to your life and disrupt your regular activities.
  • You’re unable to do any significant work full-time.
  • Made contributions to social security fees for at least five or ten years while working.
  • You experience seizures despite seeing a specialist frequently and taking prescriptions.

You should be aware that the process of determining your eligibility is extensive, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) requires you to provide proper documents to support your claim.

What are the Types of Epilepsy as per the Blue Book?

It’s important to remember that the blue book includes particular standards for determining eligibility for SSDI. We have two types of seizures as per the blue book. We have convulsive seizures and non-convulsive seizures.

You must present documentation to the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify your eligibility, proving you have convulsive epilepsy. It would be best to establish that you suffer daytime convulsions that result in fainting. If your seizures happen at night, you must show that they interfere with your day-to-day routines, such as causing drowsiness.

To be considered for non-convulsive seizures, you must be able to demonstrate that they occur during the day or night and interfere with your daily tasks.

How Do I Claim for Epilepsy Disability Payments?

To qualify for disability compensation, you must answer how epilepsy disrupts your regular life. We will assist you in completing the SSDI application form so that the Social Security Administration approves it.

Below is a list of documents you need to prepare for the application process.

  1. Medical assessment files
  2. Medical tests such as CT scan, MRI, and other cognitive tests and results
  3. Specialist’s notes showing the prevalence of your convulsions
  4. RFC (residual functional capacity) form showing limitations as a result of seizures
  5. Documents confirming your age, educational status, and occupation

Who is Eligible for Medical-Vocational Payment?

Did you know you could qualify for SSDI even though you don’t meet the blue book standards? If you have seizures that have affected your working abilities, you may be eligible for SSDI under the medical-vocational rules. However, you must prove that epilepsy has disrupted your daily tasks and impacted your job search.

Seek Guidance from a Qualified Disability Attorney

If you want help in applying for SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance), contact Kapor Davis Law in Cincinnati, OH, to speak with a disability attorney.

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