Many who can no longer work due to a physical or mental impairment may be eligible for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) or an ERISA-governed employment benefit plan.
As you might imagine, those who review SSD and ERISA disability claims need proof that a claimant cannot work before approving them. It can be challenging to obtain approval, especially if you have a neurological condition. Sometimes, undergoing a neuropsychological evaluation can provide such proof.
Can an evaluation prove a neurological disorder?
Many neurological problems pose few physical signs, making it even harder to prove such conditions. A neuropsychological evaluation does not necessarily prove you have such a disorder. However, it may uncover invisible indicators of conditions like these:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Stroke-related impairments
- Brain tumors
- Dementia disorders like Alzheimer’s
- Spinal cord and brain infections
These evaluations can also help medical professionals identify seizure disorders and their causes.
What does an evaluation entail?
A trained technician or psychometrist will first talk with you and ask questions about your cognitive abilities. With your permission, the technician may also speak with family members on the same topics.
After the discussion, you will complete several tests to measure your brain health. For example, you may have to solve puzzles and perform memory exercises.
The psychometrist then analyzes the evaluation results and makes an initial determination about your condition. After the exam, you will likely need an official medical diagnosis to support your disability claim.
You should know that even when these tests indicate a possible neurological disorder, it does not necessarily mean your disability claim will be approved. There are many reasons your claim may be denied, from missed deadlines to administrative errors. However, legal guidance and knowledge of the claims filing process may significantly improve your chances of success.