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SSD & Neurological Disorders

What is a neurological disorder? The term refers to a disease of the central and peripheral nervous systems. In other words, a disease of the brain, spinal cord, nerve roots, cranial and peripheral nerves, neuromuscular function and lastly, the muscles.

Neurological disorders include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cerebrovascular diseases (e.g. stroke, migraines, and headache disorders)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Brain trauma
  • Neurological disorders as a result of malnutrition

Neurological disorders are not mental disorders. Mental disorders refer to psychiatric illnesses which pertain to abnormal thoughts, feelings or behaviors, which produce distress or impaired function.

According to the World Health Organization, hundreds of millions of people across the globe suffer from neurological disorders. The WHO reports that approximately 6.2 million people die every year from stroke, and over 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide.

Does Social Security cover neurological disorders?

Many people with neurological disorders will qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. This is because neurological disorders are included on the Social Security Administration’s Listing of Impairments.

What is the Listing of Impairments? It is a list that describes, for each major body system, impairments which are considered severe enough to prevent an individual from engaging in any meaningful activity.

For all of the listings, including those listed under “neurological disorders,” the medical evidence must show that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months.

Neurological disorders under the Listing of Impairments, include but are not limited to:

  • Epilepsy
  • Brain tumors
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cerebral palsy

Have you reached the point where you cannot work because of your neurological disorder? If so, now is a good time to find out if you are eligible for SSD benefits.

It’s important that you apply for SSD benefits as soon as possible, especially since the processing of an application can take up to five months.

Contact a Dallas Social Security Disability lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm to assist you. We can answer your questions, assist you in gathering the necessary medical documentation, and help you with the application process.

Our goal is to ensure that your application is completed and processed as quickly as humanely possible.