Do you have severe epilepsy that interferes with your ability to hold a steady job? An estimated 2.9 million Americans are living with epilepsy today and 1 in 26 will develop it at some point in their life. The Epilepsy Foundation names epilepsy the fourth most common neurological disorder in the country. Epileptic seizures can cause difficulties at work and can make daily life extremely challenging.
Fortunately, if you have been diagnosed, the Social Security Administration (SSA) acknowledges the everyday hardships for those suffering from epilepsy. The condition is officially listed in their “Blue Book” of diseases and symptoms that allow one to receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. An attorney can help with filing an epilepsy disability claim in Philadelphia and assist you throughout the entire process.
Not All Types of Epilepsy Qualify for SSD
However, because of the differences in the effects that epilepsy can have, not all of those living with the disorder can be certain that they will receive SSDI benefits. Working with a capable and experienced lawyer can help greatly to determine if you qualify to receive these benefits. Contact the Philadelphia Social Security attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, Injury Attorneys, if you are suffering from epilepsy and are unable to work.
You Can Qualify for Benefits
If you suffer from epilepsy you will need to show that your level of impairment has stopped you from working steadily. You must also explain, in detail, what an average seizure looks like for you. For example, this description may include symptoms like:
- Biting of the tongue
- Losing control of urine or stool unexpectedly
- Length of recovery time
- Inability to swallow
- Difficulty speaking
- Racing heartbeat
You should also be able to demonstrate an inability to work due to epilepsy because of difficulty with:
- Trigger activities which interfere with work
- Loss of cognitive function due to epilepsy
- Loss of control over motor function
Those who live with epilepsy often find that working is impossible. Epilepsy can interfere with everyday tasks such as driving to work or functioning at work. For those diagnosed with epilepsy, a seizure could happen anywhere and potentially put their life in serious danger at any time.
Call a Lawyer for Help Filing an Epilepsy Disability Claim in Philadelphia
At Lowenthal & Abrams, our attorneys are dedicated to helping those who are disabled with filing an epilepsy disability claim in Philadelphia. Contact us today to learn more.