When Seizures Inhibit Your Work, Consider Claiming Benefits
If you or a family member suffers from epilepsy, you know that the symptoms and complications of this disorder can disrupt your life severely. To obtain Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income (SSDI/SSI) benefits, you must demonstrate that epilepsy prevents you from working in a substantial gainful activity.
Applying for SSD benefits can be challenging, however. It is typically best to work with an experienced lawyer to ensure that you submit the necessary information to the Social Security Administration (SSA). The attorneys at Cutter Hall Karlock, LLC, have more than 60 years of combined experience and stand prepared to help you through the filing process from beginning to end.
Does Epilepsy Count As A Disability To The SSA?
Neurological disorders such as epilepsy can be congenital, or caused by an illness or injury affecting the brain or spinal cord. Depending on the severity of the disorder, you may experience symptoms, including:
- Complex partial seizures
- Staring spells
- Repetitive behavior
- Momentary lapses of consciousness
- Trouble with memory and speech
- Major seizures
Seizure disorders are, clearly, debilitating. So, too, are the medications used to treat them. Indeed, those undergoing treatment frequently experience dizziness, blurred vision, fatigue and organ failure — conditions that, on their own, prevent one from maintaining employment.
The Social Security Administration recognizes that individuals with epilepsy and other seizure disorders are often eligible for disability. Nevertheless, the SSA is often stingy when it comes to handing out benefits. We can work with you to assert your needs — whether you are applying for the first time or appealing a denied claim.