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Neurological Impairments: Can I Be Considered Disabled If I Have Epilepsy?

Continuing our tour through the Listing of Impairments maze, we now begin the walk through Neurological disability. The first kind of neurological disability examined by the SSA is epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder involving repeated and spontaneous seizures that are caused by abnormal electrical signals in the brain.
The SSA will evaluate a person's epilepsy based on the type, frequency, duration, and "sequelae of seizures." In order to establish that a person suffers from seizures, the SSA requires documentation that details the seizure. Thus, there must be a description that includes tongue bites, loss sphincter control, other injuries associated with the attack, and experience postictal phenomena, and the experience of an aura before a seizure occurs.
This is a case where the testimony of another person other than the claimant is vital. The reason for this is that the other person can describe in detail the type and frequency of seizures when professional observation is not available. If professional observation is available (e.g., medical doctor), it is imperative that the physician document the extent of the seizures.
If you suffer from seizures and desire to know if you qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits, contact a Dallas Social Security Disability Attorney today.