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Seizures and Social Security Disability

Utah Epilepsy and Seizures SSD, SSDI Claims Attorney

What Social Security Is Looking For Regarding Seizures

Individuals suffering from epilepsy are eligible to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) or Supplement Security Income (SSI) if their condition is expected to last at least one year or result in death. Additionally, as in other Social Security Disability benefits cases, in order to qualify for benefits it's not enough that an individual can no longer perform his or her job; rather, in order to qualify, a person must be unable to work at all due to seizures. When evaluating your case, the Social Security Administration will consider type, duration, frequency, and effects of a seizure. You must provide at least one medical description of a typical seizure. Your description should indicate if you are experiencing an aura sensation, sphincter control problems, tongue bites, or any after effects, such as confusion or weakness.

If epilepsy or seizures prevent you from working, contact Provo, Utah Social Security Disability benefits attorney E. Craig McAllister today to schedule a free consultation to learn how I can help you.

Convulsive Epileptic Seizures

With regard to epileptic seizures that are convulsive, also known as psychomotor or grand mal seizures, the Social Security administration will look to see if there are documented descriptions of a typical seizure pattern, including all associated phenomena, occurring more frequently than once a month, in spite of at least three months of prescribed treatment, with daytime episodes resulting in loss of consciousness and convulsions, or, nocturnal (nighttime) episodes manifesting residuals which interfere significantly with activity during the day. For more information regarding these issues, consult the Social Security Administration's website.

Non-Convulsive Epileptic Seizures

With regard to epileptic seizures that are non-convulsive, also known as focal, petit mal, or psychomotor seizures, Social Security is looking to see if there is a detailed description of a typical seizure pattern, including all associated phenomena, occurring more frequently than once a week in spite of at least three months of prescribed treatment, with alteration of awareness or loss of consciousness and transient postictal manifestation of unconventional behavior or significant interference with activities during the day.

More information regarding Social Security Disability benefits and seizures can be found on the Social Security Administration's website

Recent Victories for Seizures

In June 2014

A 46 year old former meat cutter, temporary laborer, and miner who could no longer work because of traumatic brain injury causing epileptic grand mal seizures and depression.

December 2013
 
A 24 year old former cashier and caregiver who could no longer work because of epileptic seizures and other problems.

Contact Provo, Utah Seizures Attorney E. Craig McAllister Today

While most first-time applicants are denied benefits, most people are successful at some point in the Social Security Disability appeals process. As a Social Security Disability benefits lawyer, I understand how to position medical information and properly prepare applications and appeals to strengthen my clients' cases. If you suffer from epilepsy and would like to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, contact Provo, Utah Social Security benefits attorney E. Craig McAllister today.