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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

The complexities of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims for epilepsy can be daunting. The experienced Florida Social Security Disability Lawyers understand the challenges you face and are here to offer guidance on obtaining and submitting supporting documentation to strengthen your claim. In Florida, where we’re based, individuals with epilepsy often struggle to secure the benefits they deserve.

Tips for Epilepsy SSDI or SSI Claims

  1. Understand the Importance of Medical Evidence: Providing comprehensive medical evidence is crucial when applying for SSDI or SSI benefits. For epilepsy claims, this evidence should include detailed records of your diagnosis, treatment history, and any ongoing symptoms. Make sure to gather medical records from all relevant healthcare providers, including neurologists, primary care physicians, and hospitals.
  2. Document Seizure Activity: Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures, so documenting the frequency, duration, and severity of your seizures is essential. Keep a seizure diary where you can record when seizures occur, their duration, any triggers you notice, and how they impact your daily life. This firsthand account can provide valuable insight into the severity of your condition.
  3. Include Neurological Testing Results: Neurological testing, such as electroencephalograms (EEGs) and brain imaging scans (MRI or CT scans), can provide objective evidence of epilepsy. Make sure to include the results of any diagnostic tests you’ve undergone in your application. These tests can help confirm your diagnosis and provide additional support for your claim.
  4. Obtain Statements from Treating Physicians: Statements from your treating physicians can strengthen your claim by providing professional opinions on the nature and severity of your epilepsy. Ask your doctors to write detailed statements describing your symptoms, treatment history, and how epilepsy affects your ability to work and perform daily activities. These statements carry significant weight in the disability determination process.
  5. Submit Functional Reports: Functional reports offer insight into how epilepsy impacts your ability to function in various aspects of your life. These reports typically include information about your ability to walk, stand, sit, lift, and carry objects, as well as any limitations in concentration, memory, or communication. Be honest and thorough when completing these reports, as they help adjudicators understand the extent of your disability.
  6. Provide Supporting Documentation for Non-Medical Factors: In addition to medical evidence, other factors such as work history, education, and daily activities can influence your eligibility for SSDI or SSI benefits. Make sure to provide documentation of your work history, including job descriptions and performance evaluations, as well as any educational or vocational training you’ve completed. If epilepsy has forced you to stop working or change jobs, include relevant documentation to support your claim.
  7. Keep Copies of All Documentation: Throughout the application process, it’s essential to keep copies of all documentation submitted to the Social Security Administration (SSA). This includes medical records, test results, statements from healthcare providers, and any correspondence with the SSA. Having copies on hand allows you to reference information easily and provides a record of your interactions with the SSA.
  8. Seek Legal Representation: Applying for SSDI or SSI benefits can be overwhelming, especially when dealing with a complex medical condition like epilepsy. Consider seeking legal representation from a knowledgeable attorney who specializes in disability law. A qualified attorney can guide you through the application process, ensure all necessary documentation is submitted, and represent your interests in appeals if your claim is denied.

Contact Our Florida Disability Attorneys

Obtaining and submitting supporting documentation for SSDI or SSI claims for epilepsy requires careful attention to detail and thorough documentation of your medical condition and its impact on your daily life. By following these tips and seeking assistance from Disability Advocates Group, you can improve your chances of securing the benefits you deserve. Wherever you live in Florida, don’t hesitate to reach out for help navigating the disability claims process—we’re here to advocate for you every step of the way.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.