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If you suffer from epilepsy and have recurring seizures, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Epilepsy is a serious condition that can have a dramatic impact on every area of your life, including your ability to work and make a living.
At Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC, we have served clients across Pennsylvania since 1922. Applying for SSDI and SSI is not simple, but with the right support and counsel, you can pursue the benefits that are rightfully yours. Our Social Security disability lawyers know how to deal with the Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Pennsylvania Bureau of Disability Determination (BDD). We can help you properly prepare and file your application, along with medical evidence and documentation, to seek approval. If your claim was already denied, we can help with an appeal. We can even help you pursue backpay for past-due benefits.
Epilepsy SSDI & SSI Benefits FAQ
Can I Qualify for Social Security Disability with Epilepsy?
To be eligible for Social Security disability with epilepsy, you must have recurring seizures while still adhering to treatment. The type and recurrence of seizures will vary depending on the type. For example, if you suffer from recurring grand mal seizures (at least once a month for three consecutive months), you may qualify for SSDI and/or SSI.
You may qualify for Social Security disability if you are epileptic and suffer from the following types of seizures, even though you’re adhering to treatment:
- Tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures, which involve a loss of consciousness, muscle stiffness, and violent muscle contractions. These usually last about one to three minutes, and it will take some time for a person who has experienced this type of seizure to recover. Grand mal seizures typically begin on both sides of the brain but can start on one side and spread to the other.
- Dyscognitive seizures, which involve impaired awareness or consciousness. These seizures typically do not include convulsions. A person who is experiencing a dyscognitive seizure may be unaware and unable to respond to or answer questions, may walk about aimlessly, or may mumble. Dyscognitive seizures may last about two to four minutes, followed by a period of confusion.
Are Requirements to Receive SSDI/SSI Because of Seizures?
The SSA has strict guidelines in place for applicants to qualify for SSDI or SSI. Generally, a condition must be expected to last at least 12 months or result in death, and prevent one from working. The SSA’s Listing of Impairments includes requirements that apply specifically to epilepsy. Seizure recurrence is one of the primary qualifying factors for Social Security disability with epilepsy.
You may qualify if:
- You’ve experienced grand mal seizures at least once a month for at least three consecutive months.
- You’ve experienced dyscognitive seizures at least once a week for at least three consecutive months.
- You’ve experienced grand mal seizures at least once every two months for at least four consecutive months, and you have a marked limitation of at least one of certain abilities*.
- You’ve experienced dyscognitive seizures at least once every two weeks for at least three consecutive months, and you have a marked limitation of at least one of certain abilities*.
*These abilities may include physical functioning, interacting with others, remembering, applying information, concentrating, persisting, adapting or managing yourself, or understanding information.
Can I Appeal a Denied SSDI or SSI Claim?
Yes. Speaking with an attorney will help you discover what options are available and if appealing your SSDI or SSI claim denial is possible. You can learn more about SSDI & SSI appeals here.
Get Experienced Epilepsy Disability Help in Pennsylvania
Navigating the SSDI or SSI application process on your own can be frustrating and time-consuming. About two-thirds of applications are denied, and the approval rate is even lower for applications submitted for reconsideration. If you or someone you love has epilepsy, get the support and representation you need. Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLC is standing by to assist you.
Call our Pennsylvania Social Security disability lawyers at (888) 498-3023 today. We're here for you!
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