Does Epilepsy Qualify for Disability Benefits?
As one of the most common neurological disorders, epilepsy is present in an estimated 65 million people worldwide. In the United States, an average of 150,000 people are diagnosed with the disease each year. As with a lot of common conditions, symptoms of epilepsy range from moderate to severe — some are able to manage their symptoms and live normal lives, while others suffer to the extent that they can no longer support themselves by working full time. Those unable to work may qualify for epilepsy disability benefits from Social Security.
Obtaining Epilepsy Disability Benefits
If you have an epilepsy disability, SSD or SSI benefits can vastly improve your quality of life, allowing you to focus on your health without the stress of working or looking for a job that can accommodate your condition. To do this, you need to submit medical proof that your condition is severe enough to prevent you from holding a job.
If you have convulsive epilepsy (grand mal or psychomotor seizures), you’ll need to demonstrate that you consistently have at least one debilitating seizure per month. Daytime seizures must result in convulsions or loss of consciousness; nighttime seizures must be severe enough to interfere with daytime function.
Individuals with nonconvulsive epilepsy (petit mal seizures) must document a history of having at least one incident per week that either interrupts their regular activities or causes abnormal behavior afterwards. In both cases, individuals must also confirm they have been taking anticonvulsive drugs for at several months without an improvement in their condition.
Submitting a Claim for Epilepsy Disability Benefits
People suffering from epilepsy may apply for benefits under either SSD (Social Security Disability) or SSI (Supplemental Security Income). Which program you qualify for will depend on your work history and the amount you have paid into Social Security through payroll taxes.
An estimated 65% of disability claims are rejected on their first application, typically due to a lack of supporting medical evidence. To improve your chances of success, you’ll need a formal diagnosis from a qualified medical professional, EEG test results, treatment history and hospitalization records, as well as proof that you’ve been taking your medicine for three months or more. Third party descriptions of your seizures can be useful as well, including a seizure journal.
How a Disability Lawyer Can Help
Ritacco Disability Law can help you file a claim for Social Security disability benefits for epilepsy. From obtaining the proper documentation to ensuring all paperwork is filed correctly, assistance from a knowledgeable disability lawyer may be able to improve your chances of a successful claim. We can also help you file an appeal if you have been previously denied coverage.
Learn more about your options by contacting us online or calling 1-877-459-4799 today to schedule your free consultation.