Preparing a Strong Seizure Case for Disability Benefits

By Disability Group

There are more than 29 different seizure disorders, and not all of them result in convulsions. In fact, seizures are experienced differently from person to person.

Many individuals with chronic seizure disorders are able to control seizures with medications, but if you take medications as directed and continues to experience seizures that prevent you from working, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

When evaluating your case, the Social Security Administration (SSA) checks if you are seeing a neurologist, for compliance with all prescribed medications and doctor. They make sure seizures are not because of drug or alcohol abuse, and they check if medication prevents the seizures.  It is difficult to prove seizures because tests are often normal even after seizures.  To prepare a strong case it is important to go to the hospital after every seizure and report seizures to your neurologist. Also, tracking your seizures in a diary with a date, time, and description of the seizure may strengthen your case.  Witness statements are helpful.

Residual effects from a seizure and how long they last should also be documents in your diary and your medical records.

Seizure disorders are difficult to prove because there are not always objective findings that prove they exist. Regular treatment and documentation of the seizure and residual effects by you and a specialist is of utmost importance in proving this disorder.