More than 3 million Americans live with epilepsy, a neurological condition that is marked by frequent seizures, among other symptoms. The month of November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month. Epilepsy can be a lifelong condition with no complete cure. However, it is possible to manage the symptoms of epilepsy.
If you or a loved one suffer from epilepsy, you may be eligible for a claim for Social Security disability benefits for your condition. Epilepsy is included in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book listing of conditions for disabilities that qualify for benefits.
However, a mere diagnosis of epilepsy will not qualify you for benefits. Your seizures must be regular enough to interfere with your ability to work and earn a sustainable income. For instance, your condition must result in convulsive daytime seizures or seizures that occur at night and affect your ability to function normally in the daytime.