Neurological Disorders That Qualify For Social Security Benefits

Under Section 11 in the bluebook, which is what the Social Security Administration uses as a guide to evaluate an applicants condition. The bluebook lists the conditions that qualify somebody for benefits as well as providing what a applicant needs to provide to prove their condition as well what criteria it meets. Under section 11, the bluebook lists sixteen neurological conditions, they include:

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disorder)
  • Poliomyelitis Anterior
  • Tumors of the brain
  • Accidents involving the central nervous system’s vascular system
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Trauma to the brain
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal cord or nerve root lesions
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Dystrophy of the Musculature
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Neuropathies of the Peripheral Nervous System
  • Degeneration of the subacute combined chord
  • Syringomyelia

Epilepsy – Epilepsy is evaluated by providing a detailed description of a typical seizure and following the guidelines of A,B,C, or D…  authorized to get benefits if, after three months of treatment, you continue to experience more than one seizure per month with daytime or nocturnal episodes that have lingering effects that may be demonstrated to be significant interferences with your everyday activities. Or if you have been receiving treatment for three months and are still having more than one seizure per week. Seizures must result in you losing consciousness, altering your state of awareness, or causing behavioral problems that impair your regular activities.

Cerebral Palsy – If you have CP and your IQ is less than 70, it causes major behavioral or emotional issues, or it makes it impossible to talk, hear, or see sufficiently to function in an employment context, you may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Parkinson’s Syndrome – If you having Parkinson’s disease, you need to provide evidence that you have either have loss of motor function in two extremities which leads to inability to stand up from a seated position or maintain balance. Or limitation in
1. Comprehension
2. Focusing
3. Social Interactions
4. Self Management
Regardless of prescribed treatment for at least 3 straight months.

Myasthenia Gravis – If you have the following symptoms for Myasthenia Gravis, then you will qualify for disability Benefits. While undergoing medical treatment, you experience substantial difficulties breathing, swallowing, or speaking. You may also qualify if your condition results in severe muscle weakness when you engage in repeated tasks.

Other Conditions Regarding Neurologic – The Bluebook has a standard criteria that needs to be met or if you meet the requirements for epilepsy when regarding most of neurological conditions:
1. Loss of ability to communicate or speak as a result of a neurological disability.
2. Motor function deficits in two extremities (hands or feet) result in an uneven gait or considerable difficulty with fine and gross motor abilities.

The following conditions are reviewed for applicants applying for disability benefits regarding neurological disorders:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Arnold-Chiari Malformation
  • Benign Brain Tumor
  • Chronic Migraines
  • Coma
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Dystonia
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Headaches
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Narcolepsy
  • Neuralgia
  • Neuropathy
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Stroke (Cerebrovascular Accident)
  • Syringomyelia
  • Transverse Myelitis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Von Hippel-Lindau