Neurological Disorders that may Qualify for Social Security Disability
(brain, stroke, seizures, Parkinson's, head injuries)

This list of conditions which may qualify one to receive Social Security disability benefits is not intended to be authoritarian in nature and is provided only for your information. This information may not be the latest rulings provided by the SSA. Detailed information can be obtained from the Social Security Administration's website where this information was obtained. You may also fill out the form on this page for a FREE claim evaluation.

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When considering whether the SSA will grant benefits, one must remember that the guidelines published by the Administration are just that- guidelines. About 35% of applicants are disapproved during the initial application process because the guidelines are usually closely followed. However, those who continue to fight for their benefits often have as much as a 50% chance of approval at the hearings phase. A disability lawyer may increase your opportunity to be granted disability benefits. Fill out the form now for a FREE disability evaluation and assistance filing for or appealing Social Security disability benefits. The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers' Social Security disability attorneys will not charge you a fee if you do not win your disability benefits.Epilepsy, seizures may qualify for Social Security disability benefits

About Neurological Disorders

Neurological disorders may stem from many factors. Some people are born with neurological problems; others develop problems later in life due to illness or traumatic injuries. Neurological problems are conditions affecting the brain or nervous system. Medical conditions considered under the neurological classification for Social Security disability benefits include epilepsy, central nervous system vascular accidents (stroke or CVA), benign brain tumors, Parkinsonian syndrome, cerebral palsy, spinal cord or nerve root lesions, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), anterior poliomyelitis (polio), myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy (MD), peripheral neuropathies, degenerative diseases such as Huntington's Chorea, Friedreich's ataxia, and spino-cerebellar degeneration, subacute combined cord degeneration (pernicious anemia), cerebral trauma and syringomyelia (SM).

Epilepsy

Epilepsy has a wide range of presenting symptoms. If you have epilepsy you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Be prepared to fully document your condition and its affects on your life. The SSA states on its website, degree of impairment "will be determined according to type, frequency, duration, and sequelae [after affects] of seizures." When you file an application for Social Security disability you must include at least one detailed description of a typical seizure. If a medical authority has not witnessed you having a typical seizure then you must have other witnesses that are able to recount what they saw. This could be relatives or friends.

If the medication your doctor prescribes for you controls the seizures you may not qualify for Social Security benefits for seizures. However, if over a certain period of time you continue to have at least one major (grand mal) daytime seizure or one night time seizure that interferes "significantly" with activities you are doing during the day and you can prove with lab work that you are taking your medication as prescribed then you may still qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Minor, or petit mal, seizures must occur more often than once per week even when taking your medication properly for you to qualify for Social Security disability benefits for seizures.

Migraines and Social Security Disability Benefits

Migraine headaches are painful, often debilitating headaches that affect a significant number of Americans regularly. In many cases, migraines cannot be shut down with a simple mediation. Although symptoms can be minimized, migraine sufferers must endure the pain and side effects until the episode passes, anywhere from a few hours to three days or more. Some patients may get migraines several times per month. Symptoms of migraines include:

 

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Central Nervous System Vascular Accident (Stroke)

Central nervous system vascular accidents are better known as strokes. Strokes can range from very mild to extreme and may result in death. Although most people think of strokes affecting elderly people, they can actually happen to anyone at any age and can be brought on by several situations including heat as well as blockages or aneurysms of blood vessels in the brain.

The key to obtaining Social Security disability benefits for a stroke is the documentation of the condition affecting gross motor function in at least two extremities, speech, communication, gait, and/or station that has continued for at least three months after the vascular accident.

Benign Brain Tumors

People with benign brain tumors are evaluated based on their ability to perform gainful function as well as the additional medical conditions the tumor may be causing such as seizures or paralysis.

Parkinsonian Syndrome (Parkinson's Disease)

If you are suffering from Parkinsonian syndrome (Parkinson's disease) then you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if you are experiencing significant rigidity, bradykenisia, or tremor in at least two extremities that cause a continuous problem with gross motor function, gait or station.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy can occur as the baby is developing in the womb or anytime during the first two years of life. To qualify for Social Security disability benefits, those who suffer from cerebral palsy must provide documentation of a diagnosis of cerebral palsy along with proof of an IQ of less than 71, abnormal behavior, significant communication problems or problems with gross motor function.

Other Neurologic Problems

Spinal cord or nerve root lesions, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease), anterior poliomyelitis (polio), myasthenia gravis, muscular dystrophy, peripheral neuropathies, degenerative diseases such as Huntington's Chorea, Friedreich's ataxia, and spino-cerebellar degeneration, subacute combined cord degeneration (pernicious anemia), cerebral trauma, and syringomyelia all may qualify for Social Security disability benefits in general if the person with the respective diseases has had the diagnosis confirmed, is having signs of the disease and has continuous problems with gross motor function, gait or station.

Summary

Many Neurological disorders such as seizures, can be kept in check with medication, however, there are those who have extended complications or especially severe illnesses who may need Social Security disability assistance. As with some other impairments, neurological disorders can be part of multiple medical conditions. Each problem by itself may not be adequate for you to obtain Social Security disability benefits, but a combination of problems may be more than enough for you to receive your Social Security disability payments.

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Social Security Disability List of Injuries and Illnesses

Musculoskeletal System
(back & joint pain, fractures, injuries, Carpal Tunnel)

Respiratory System
(lung diseases such as asthma, sleep apnea)

Digestive System
(gastrointestinal, liver, bowel, nutrition)

Hematological Disorders
(blood related problems)

Endocrine Disorders
(diabetes, pancreatitis)

Neurological
(brain, stroke, seizures, Parkinson's, head injuries, migraines)

Malignant Neoplastic Diseases
(cancers & tumors)

Special Senses and Speech
(hearing, vision, vertigo)

Cardiovascular System
(heart attacks, chronic heart failure, blood clots)

Genitourinary Impairments
(kidney disease, dialysis)

Skin Disorders
(light sensitivity, burns)

Impairments that Affect Multiple Body Systems
(Down Syndrome)

Mental Disorders
(autism, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and more)

Immune System Disorders
(HIV, lupus, arthritis)

 

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