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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) - Epilepsy or Seizures

I often get calls about qualifying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and SSI due to epileptic seizures.  The Social Security Administration (SSA) has stringent rules for those seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI based only on epilepsy at the listing level of the sequential process.  The regulations require:

Childhood SSI for Epilepsy or Seizure Disorder

     Children suffering from a seizure disorder or epilepsy may qualify for Childhood SSI disability benefits. Childhood SSI claims are evaluated differently than adult claims for Social Security Disability or SSI.  The Social Security Administration determines whether the child has impairments that meets or medically equals a "listing,"  or that functionally equals a listing. The Childhood Listings involving seizures or epilepsy are:

Social Security Disability or SSI Based on Epilepsy

     Claimants may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits on the basis of epileptic seizures. If the epilepsy is severe enough and well documented, the Social Security Administration may approve a claim without even considering ability to past work or other work in the economy. The requirements are set out in section 11 of the Listings. Appendix 1 to Subpart P of Part 404 of the Code of Federal Regulations states, in pertinent part:

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