A person can develop epilepsy at any time in his or her life. It may follow a head injury accident, stroke, or illness, and it can be a very scary experience. If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy – whether recently or as a child – and find that your seizures occur frequently, you may be wondering what it takes to apply for Social Security disability in New York. 

How is Epilepsy Disability Evaluated in New York?

Epilepsy may be caused by a number of different underlying factors, and not all epilepsy symptoms are the same. Regardless of the cause of your epilepsy, Social Security is going to look at your general health, and then review a few specific aspects of your condition for evaluation purposes:

  • How often your seizures occur
  • How long the seizures last
  • What type of seizures you have
  • Any complications or problems related to your seizures

Your medical history relating to epilepsy and seizures will be examined, and Social Security will look for detailed information about a typical seizure for you. Additionally, Social Security will look at how you have responded to medication and treatment, and they will also consider how well you have adhered to your doctor’s orders. Generally, disability is only granted in cases where medication and treatment has failed, and you may need to have blood drawn to check some medication levels. 

Essentially, Social Security is looking for a poor response to treatment that has resulted in continued seizure activity occurring frequently. 

How Can I Get Started?

If you'd like to get started with applying for epilepsy disability in New York, or if you need help after an application has been denied, speak with an experienced and friendly New York Social Security disability lawyer about your specific situation. Give us a call at 1-855-614-4351 or 866-205-2415 today to meet with us in a free legal consultation and discuss your options and the next steps.