Adults with epilepsy may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) mainly evaluates epilepsy according to the type, frequency, duration, and nature the seizures.
Essential tremor, also known as a benign essential tremor, is often mistaken for Parkinson's. While it's less serious than Parkinson's, if a benign essential tremor severely affects your ability to use your hands, you should be able to get disability benefits.
Cerebral palsy is a general term used to describe a set of neurological and physical limitations that are non-progressive (meaning they don't get worse). It is generally believed that cerebral palsy begins in the womb and, in fact, 75% of individuals with cerebral palsy are thought to be born with the disorder.
One of the three most common movement disorders, dystonia is a neurological disorder which involves the tone and movement of muscles. Social Security evaluates dystonia in a similar way to Parkinson's Disease.
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects individuals who had polio, a viral infection that became epidemic in the U.S. in the 1950s. PPS strikes polio survivors years after recovering from their initial illness; on average, it affects individuals 30 to 40 years after their initial illness. Generally, the more severe the initial polio illness was, the more severe the PPS could be.
There are three ways to qualify for disability: if your medical condition is on the list of impairments the Social Security Administration (SSA) publishes and meets the severity levels described for the specific impairment,
Nolo's Guide to Social Security Disability is the essential book for anyone dealing with a long-term or permanent disability. Get instructions on how to apply for disability and how to present your case.