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Your neurological condition may be enough to qualify for Social Security Disability

As someone with neurological health conditions, it’s important for you to know if you can qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. While the results of your claim lie in the hands of the Social Security Administration (SSA), the truth is that many people with seizures and other neurological conditions do qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

Among some of the neurological conditions that may help you qualify for SSDI include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Persistent vegetative state
  • Coma
  • Epilepsy
  • Other neurological conditions that cause significant impairment in daily life

If you don’t see the medical condition you have, that doesn’t mean you won’t qualify. It just means you need to show that your condition is as severe as those listed by the SSA.

With any kind of neurological condition, you will need strong supporting documentation that describes your illness. Your medical provider may give you copies of your medical documents, including test results, for the SSA. It’s a good idea to have multiple test results and referrals for SSDI from specialists, not just your general practitioner, since specialists’ opinions may be weighed more heavily.

The SSA wants various pieces of evidence, both medical and non, to determine if you have a neurological condition that qualifies for SSD benefits. Your medical evidence may include:

  • X-rays
  • Computerized tomography scans
  • Magnetic resonance imaging test results

Nonmedical evidence may include;

  • Statements from others about your condition
  • Information on the restrictions in your daily life
  • Information about your efforts to work and why you cannot

Combining all this evidence will help you make a thorough application for benefits.

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