Seizures and Social Security Disability Claims – How To Prepare Your Case

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.  If you take medications as directed and still continue to experience seizures that prevent you from working, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

When evaluating your case, Social Security checks if you are seeing a neurologist, for compliance with all prescribed medications and doctor’s orders. They make sure that your seizures are not because of drug or alcohol abuse, and they check to see if medication prevents the seizures.

It is sometimes 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. Witness statements are helpful.  Also, it’s a smart idea to create and maintain a dairy to track the frequency and severity of your seizures.

What Do I Put In My Seizure Diary?

Keep your diary up to date, and write in it after every single seizure.  Here is the data you should record:

  • The date of your seizure
  • The time of your seizure – when did it start, when did it stop?
  • A description of your seizure – what did it feel like?  How did you notice when it was coming on?  Was it worse or better than your last seizure?

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.

If you keep track of your seizures by maintaining a regular diary, and by regularly seeing your physician, you will help strengthen your Social Security Disability case!