Seizure disorder what questions do I need to ask for SSDI?
Recently on our legal forum a user asked, I have been diagnosed with a seizure disorder. I tried to work for several years, but as a nurse I found that the unpredictability of my health issues as well as my inability to drive has made it impossible to continue to take care of my patients in a hospital setting. I know getting SSDI benefits is really tough. I am wondering what I need to know and what steps I need to take to ensure that I can win Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) the first time I apply?
Three questions to ask before filing for SSDI benefits
It is great you are asking this question. Unfortunately, millions of SSDI applicants fail to do proper research or even understand what they need to prove or the requirements they need to meet to win SSDI benefits. Lets take a look at the top 3 questions you need to answer BEFORE applying for SSDI benefits for a seizure disorder.
Do you meet the basic nonmedical requirements for SSDI benefits?
The first step to getting your seizure disorder case approved or even reviewed by a SSA disability examiner is to make sure you meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI.
Specifically, do you have enough work credits to be approved for SSDI? Is your condition expected to last for at least 12 continuous months? Is your seizure disorder severe? Are you currently working and making too much money to qualify for SSDI benefits?
If you do not know the answer to all of these questions, its time to take a step back and talk to someone or do more research. If you do not meet the nonmedical requirements for SSDI benefits the SSA will not even review your medical records to determine whether or not you are disabled. They will simply deny your claim.
Do you understand how to complete the SSDI application and apply for benefits for a seizure disorder?
Claimants who do not understand what they are trying to prove or how the SSA makes their disability determination often do not know what to put on their SSDI application. Although the SSDI disability application can be completed online in a matter of hours, do not start the process until you know how the SSA makes their disability decision for your seizure disorder condition.
How will the SSA determine whether my seizure disorder is disabling?
To determine if your condition is disabling the SSA will review your medical records. They will then determine if the condition and its corresponding symptoms are so severe that they meet a listing on the SSA Listing of Impairments.
If your condition is not on the listing or it is not as severe as a listing, you will need medical evidence that proves that you cannot retrain for new work or work your previous job.
Is seizure disorder a listed condition?
Seizure disorder is a listed condition on the SSA Listing of Impairments under 11.00 Neurological, Sections 11.02 Epilepsy (convulsive) and 11.03 Epilepsy (nonconvulsive). Although the condition is listed this is no guarantee that you will be automatically approved for benefits. You will have to have medical evidence that your symptoms are as severe as the listed symptoms.