Seizures are evaluated under the below medical listings:
11.02 Epilepsy - convulsive epilepsy,
(grand mal or psychomotor), documented by detailed description of a typical seizure pattern, including all associated phenomena;
occurring more frequently than once a month, in spite of at least 3 months of prescribed treatment. With:
A. Daytime episodes (loss of consciousness and convulsive seizures) or
B. Nocturnal episodes manifesting residuals
which interfere significantly with activity during the day.
11.03 Epilepsy - nonconvulsive epilepsy (petit mal, psychomotor, or focal), documented by detailed description
of a typical seizure pattern including all associated phenomena, occurring more frequently than once weekly in spite of at
least 3 months of prescribed treatment. With alteration of awareness or loss of consciousness and transient postictal
manifestations of unconventional behavior or significant interference with activity during the day.
above are pretty self explanatory but there are a couple of things to remember. First, It is important that you are
suffering from the frequency of seizures noted above while you are taking your prescribed medication. Blood test will
show if you are taking your medication as you are supposed to. If your blood test show you are below therapeutic levels
of your medication it will be very difficult to prove you meet these listings. Second, it can be very difficult to show
frequency of seizures due to fact that many people who get these on a regular basis don't always go to the emergency room.
It is important in an epilepsy case to have written statements, and testimony from people who have witnessed the seizures
and can describe them in detail. Details such as how long the episode lasted, did the individual lose there bowels,
and how long till they fully recovered to a normal status. If you had any episodes in public try to provide proof in
the way of police reports or other incident reports.
It is pretty rare to meet the above listing if you are getting
good treatment and taking your medication. However; there are many work related limitations from this disorder
as well as side effects from medication that can help show you are disabled. People with this disorder are
probably not allowed to drive. They also should not work in environments were there is the potential for harm in
the event of a seizure. Any job that requires climbing ladders, working at heights or around machinery could be dangerous.
The medications prescribed for seizures often cause loss of concentration, constant fatigue or tiredness and dizziness.
There is also the potential for someone with this condition to have difficulty being reliable with attendance at work due
to having an episode and the recovery time from it.