Can You Get Disability Benefits for Epilepsy?

Can You Get Disability Benefits for Epilepsy?

People who suffer from epilepsy may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures or periods of unusual sensations or behavior. Those with epilepsy may suffer from a range of symptoms, including loss of awareness or consciousness, staring spells, temporary confusion, uncontrollable jerking movements of the upper or lower extremities, fear or anxiety.

According to the Epilepsy Foundation, 3.4 million people across the U.S. suffer from the condition, and one ...

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How Medical-Vocational Grid Rules Impact Your SSDI Claim

How Medical-Vocational Grid Rules Impact Your SSDI Claim

The Social Security Administration implements the medical-vocational grid rules to make disability determinations when applicants do not meet a medical impairment listing. When their conditions match the criteria set out in the Social Security “Blue Book,” people may automatically qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. However, they may still qualify for and receive disability if the agency determines they have a medical condition, which causes an impairment that prevents them from working.

Understanding the Medical-Vocational Grid Rules

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Qualifying for Disability Benefits While Working

Qualifying for Disability Benefits While Working

Continuing to work while awaiting a decision on Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income benefits could affect applicants’ eligibility. When a disabling condition that keeps them from working strikes, few people have the necessary resources to keep themselves afloat during the application and review processes. Unfortunately, it may take several months or more for the Social Security Administration to make a determination and applicants to begin receiving their disability benefits.

Eligibility Requirements for Disability Benefits

Since SSDI and SSI benefits ...

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What Evidence Does the SSA Need to Make a Disability Determination?

What Evidence Does the SSA Need to Make a Disability Determination?

Claimants must submit sufficient evidence that demonstrates their impairment and the severity of their condition when applying for disability through the Social Security Administration. Medical records, a personal statement, a completed questionnaire about their ability or inability to perform daily living activities, and information about their vocational history are all needed to establish the existence of a medically determinable impairment. Complete, accurate, and timely information can help accelerate the processing of SSI or SSDI claims.

Medical Records

Medical records are an integral ...

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How to Restore Disability Benefits

How to Restore Disability Benefits

Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income beneficiaries who stopped receiving benefits may have them restored through expedited reinstatement. The Social Security Administration may stop people’s benefits for any number of reasons, including improved medical condition or earnings above the substantial gainful activity limit. When benefits are terminated under certain conditions, however, and claimants find themselves in need of SSDI or SSI assistance, Expedited Reinstatement (EXR) may provide temporary benefits while the SSA determines eligibility.

What is Expedited Reinstatement?

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What Types of Income Impact My Disability Claim?

What Types of Income Impact My Disability Claim?

Some types of income and benefits may affect Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income claims. People who cannot work as a result of a long-term or permanent disabling medical condition may qualify for benefits through the Social Security Administration’s disability programs. However, their financial circumstances and some benefits they already receive may impede their ability to receive SSDI or SSI payments.

How Public and Government Benefits Impact SSDI

People who receive some types of public or government benefits may have ...

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SSDI Backlog: 5 Ways to Move Ahead

SSDI Backlog: 5 Ways to Move Ahead

The current SSDI backlog consists of approximately 800,000 disability cases. Claimants wait an average of 538 days for their disability hearings. Through the Quick Disability Determinations and Compassionate Allowances programs, and by requesting an on-the-record decision, submitting thorough records and organizing the documentation for submission, SSDI applicants may be able to reduce the processing time for their claims.

1. Quick Disability Determinations

The Social Security Administration uses Quick Disability Determinations (QDD) to identify applications that are likely to receive favorable disability ...

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SSDI Benefits: How Much Will You Receive?

SSDI Benefits: How Much Will You Receive?

Social Security Disability Insurance awards paid by the Social Security Administration are based on applicant’s ages and earnings history. The amount of money people who qualify for SSDI receive every month is unique to each recipient. Knowing how much they will receive may help those out of work due to disabling medical conditions plan for the future and aid in providing for them and their families.

 Calculating SSDI Benefit Amounts

The SSA uses a complex formula to determine SSDI awards. The ...

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Getting SSDI Benefits After a Car Accident

Getting SSDI Benefits After a Car Accident

Those injured in motor vehicle accidents may be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Car crashes can leave people with serious physical and mental injuries. While some heal with treatment and time, others have lasting effects that may keep people out of work for extended periods or permanently.

Qualifying for SSD Benefits with Car Crash Injuries

To draw SSDI benefits for car accident-related injuries, people’s medical conditions must meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability. The medical criteria for conditions ...

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How Social Media Can Jeopardize Your SSDI Claim

How Social Media Can Jeopardize Your SSDI Claim

The Social Security Administration is considering using applicants’ social media accounts when evaluating disability benefit applications. Whether to stay in touch with family or friends, for personal or professional networking purposes or to connect with like-minded people around the world, many people share aspects of their lives via platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Sharing certain information, however, may jeopardize an SSDI claim.

Screening Applicants’ Social Media Accounts

The fiscal year 2020 budget overview from the SSA proposes the continued evaluation of ...

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