Getting the Financial Support You Need as You Deal With Epilepsy

Living with epilepsy can be unpredictable. One minute, you are going about your day. The next, you find yourself recovering from a seizure that came out of nowhere.

The uncertainty and severity of epilepsy can make steady work impossible. But you still have responsibilities to manage and bills to pay. You can find some financial relief in the form of Social Security Disability benefits. But is epilepsy a disability in the eyes of Social Security?

Epilepsy is, in fact, covered. Winning these benefits, however, is never easy. Most first-time applicants get turned away.

If you find yourself unable to work because of epilepsy, you need a friend who knows the Social Security benefits system. At Hanley Disability, our disability benefits advocates will guide you through the process from start to finish, so you can win benefits and better manage your life with epilepsy.

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Once you’re denied benefits, the clock starts ticking. Don’t wait too long. You might miss the deadline to appeal.

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How Does Epilepsy Qualify for Social Security Disability Benefits?

Also known as seizure disorder, epilepsy is a common brain ailment. It impacts about 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide, but it greatly varies in its causes, symptoms, and severity from person to person.

Some people know what causes their epilepsy. Others don’t. Some individuals have full-body seizures, while others may simply stare into space for a short time.

What’s important is how epilepsy is diagnosed—at least two unprovoked seizures in 24 hours—and how Social Security considers it to be a disabling condition that negatively impacts your work life.

Social Security says epilepsy is a disability if your experience meets one of the following scenarios:

  1. You have tonic-clonic (convulsive) seizures that occur once a month for three consecutive months despite following a prescribed treatment.
  2. You have dyscognitive (change in consciousness) seizures that occur at least once a week for three consecutive months, despite treatment.
  3. You have tonic-clonic seizures that occur once every two months for four months and are coupled with either limited physical functioning, limited ability to understand, remember, or apply information, inability to interact with others, inability to concentrate, or inability to manage oneself.
  4. Or you have dyscognitive seizures that occur once every two weeks for three months and cause similar limitations listed above.

Even if your case doesn’t quite fit one of these exactly, you still may qualify for disability benefits. At Hanley Disability, our disability advocates can evaluate your case at no cost to you.

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How to Prove Your Social Security Disability Claim for Epilepsy

Epilepsy can upend your world. So can financial hardship. And so can Social Security’s notorious habit of denying first-time disability claims.

Knowing how Social Security approaches epilepsy is key to filing a successful claim. Some of the materials you will need to provide include:

  • Your doctor’s detailed description of your seizures
  • A brain activity report (EEG test) if you don’t have convulsions
  • Written statements from friends, family, or co-workers describing your symptoms and how they impact your life
  • Your doctor’s report of your treatment and medications
  • Supporting evidence that demonstrates your seizures disrupt your regular daytime activities

This can feel like a lot: trying to prove you have a severe condition while trying to manage it at the same time. Add on the worry that comes with facing financial hardship, and the whole process can be overwhelming.

Let Hanley Disability offer a helping hand. We can help you find the right information, get the details you need from your doctors, and dodge the usual mistakes that trip up Social Security Disability applicants.

We can also help you appeal if your claim was denied. Having an experienced guide at your side can improve your chances of winning your claim.

And best of all, you don’t pay us a dime unless you win your case. It’s time for you get financial support for a case of epilepsy that has disrupted your livelihood, so you can rest easier.

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