There are multiple causes of severe seizure disorders that affect hundreds of thousands of Americans. These disorders have varying starting points but often leave people without the ability to function in their everyday life. Having a comprehensive history of any seizures and a diagnosis from a medical professional could mean that you have a case to bring to the Social Security Administration for a disability claim.
How Seizure Disorders are Defined by Social Security
While there are multiple causes of seizures, one f the most common sparks is epilepsy. According to the SSA guidelines, epilepsy is divided between convulsive and nonconvulsive types. Convulsive epilepsy can cause severe convulsive seizures. Nonconvulsive epilepsy can cause a loss of consciousness or strange behavior. Both types are severe and could easily affect daily function.
Usually, in order for such a case to be considered, at least one case of seizure needs to be documented by a medical professional. This can include issues such as tongue bites, sphincter control, or injuries due to the seizure attack. Reoccurring incidents are important for any claim.
Statistics on Seizure Disorders
According to CDC statistics, approximately one percent of US adults are affected by epilepsy. Approximately 1.8% of all adults have reported having a seizure. The cases of epilepsy cause the need for regular medical treatment. Over 86% of those with active epilepsy had visited a doctor in the previous year, with almost 53% needing to see a neurologist or other specialist.
These bills and treatments can be expensive. Anti-seizure medication are often covered by insurance, but even so, the regular need for these drugs could break the bank. Furthermore, these drugs can sometimes have side effects that further complicate life, including drowsiness and blood pressure issues. With all of these issues, the chances of having trouble keeping working or maintaining an active social life can be dashed.
Find Out if You Qualify for Social Security Disability
If I take your case, I will be committed to you from beginning to end. When hired, I review your medical history and determine if you qualify for disability. My knowledge of the SSA regulations and precedent is vital to come to such a decision. Below you can find some information to see if this could be the case.
How Social Security Listing 11.00 Can Give Guidance
When faced with disorders such as epilepsy, several factors come into play when determining disability. SSA guidelines do provide a picture of whether this is the case, even though a closer look is needed to come to a final determination. When faced with convulsive epilepsy, the SSA listing 11.00 is concerned with.
A. Daytime episodes (loss of consciousness and convulsive seizures) or
B. Nocturnal episodes manifesting residuals which interfere significantly with activity during the day.
Non-convulsive epilepsy cases are often concerned with:
Alteration of awareness or loss of consciousness and transient postictal manifestations of unconventional behavior or significant interference with activity during the day.
How You Can Help Yourself win a Seizure Disorder Claim
Not every portion of the SSA guidelines is clear on how to develop a case. Having a complete record of all visits with doctors and specialists is important to provide consistently. Taking your seizure medication in the correct dosage and on time is also vital to preventing incidents and keeping care of yourself. A full record of each incident of seizures can also help the SSA determine that you are in fact disabled and unable to work consistently. These, and other factors can be appropriately organized by a skilled attorney and make sure that your case has no holes.
About the Author
Anthony Castelli has 32 years experience and has won hundreds of disability applications for his clients. He offers a free consultation . And if he takes your case his fee comes out of your awarded back benefits that social security already owes you..