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.