Social Security Disability for Oregon residents’ neurological disorders

An Oregon resident whose function is significantly impaired by a neurological disorder may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits depending on the precise nature and severity of his or her condition.

In Oregon residents with epilepsy, the severity of the impairment will be assessed depending on the duration, type and frequency of their seizures. When submitting information to the Social Security Administration, an Oregon resident with epilepsy must provide at least one full description of a typical seizure. This description should include any information regarding tongue bites, postictal phenomena, injuries, sphincter control and auras.

Benign brain tumors are evaluated based on data obtained through laboratory findings and clinical tests regarding the duration and severity of functional impairment.

Oregon residents suffering from paralysis, paresis, tremor or other forms of motor disorganization are assessed according to how much their condition interferes with locomotion and the use of their arms, hands and fingers.

Oregon residents with mental and neurological impairments resulting from traumatic brain injury may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Because the symptoms of these impairments typically fluctuate in strength and frequency soon after the brain becomes injured, the severity of such impairment is typically assessed over a long period of time. It may take up to six months for the degree of the disability to become apparent.

Other conditions similar to those listed here may also qualify an Oregon resident for disability benefits, such as multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, spinal cord lesions and cerebral palsy.

Source: Social Security Online, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security – 11.00 Neurological – Adult.”