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You can qualify for disability based on epilepsy in two separate ways

Does having Epilepsy qualify you for disability?

It can qualify you. Here's an excerpt from the SSA page on epilepsy-seizure disorder: "There must be a satisfactory description by the treating physician of the treatment regimen and response, in addition to corroboration of the nature and frequency of seizures, to permit an informed judgment on impairment severity."

It can be difficult to be awarded for this condition because the individual has to have a prescribed number of epileptic occurrences occurring within a certain timeframe despite being fully compliant with medication for seizures. This means they must be documented.

According to the SSA listing book, i.e the social security "blue book", or simply the Social Security listings, if the epilepsy is convulsive in nature then individuals applying for Social Security disability must have been having seizures more than once a month in spite of three months of prescribed treatment.

This, of course, implies that a person cannot be awarded disability benefits on the basis of the seizure disorder-epilepsy listing unless:

a) They are being seen by a doctor;

b) They are receiving treatment;

c) The treatment is not stopping the seizures;

d) The seizures are occurring with regular frequency.

However, even if a person cannot meet the listing, they can still be awarded on the basis of a medical vocational allowance if their condition is found to pose more limitations than their past work will allow, and prevent them from being able to transition to other forms of work.

I addressed this question a while back for someone else.

Here's the page: Why Is It Hard to be Found Disabled for Social Security Disability or SSI for Seizures?

Note: Lower down on the page I have included links to topics that were mentioned on this page.

Return to:  Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions

Related pages:

The Medical Vocational Allowance Approval for Social Security Disability and SSI cases
How Will Social Security Decide a Disability Case that's filed?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
List of Impairments for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits
What is the Social Security Disability List of Impairments?
If you meet the requirements of a listed impairment, your case will be approved unless you fail to meet certain non-medical qualifications

Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How do I check the status of my Social Security disability claim?
Can you get temporary Social Security disability or SSI benefits?
How do you Win Benefits under Social Security Disability or SSI?
Can I Be Eligible For SSI And Social Security Disability At The Same Time?
How long does it take to be approved for SSI or Social Security disability?
The Difference Between Social Security Disability (SSD) and SSI How are they different Part II