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I Have Epilepsy, Can I Get Social Security Disability?

Epilepsy is a medical condition that causes recurring seizures. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder which means if affects the brain. Epileptic seizures are caused by problems with electrical and chemical activity in the brain. The causes of most epileptic seizures are not known but most people develop epilepsy as a result of brain injury, stroke or drug and alcohol abuse. Epilepsy is controllable with medication in 70% of cases, however if you are unresponsive to medications, this condition and its symptoms can make day-to-day activities virtually impossible.

The short answer is, “It depends.” And it depends on many factors, most notably the severity of your symptoms, the effectiveness of treatment options, the strength of your medical evidence, your age, your education level and the type of work you have done. Epilepsy disability claims can be somewhat difficult. This means that if the epileptic seizures are not frequent and well documented there is a very slim chance of being approved for Social Security disability benefits. So, Epilepsy cases often come down to documentation showing frequent doctor or hospital visits, diary of your seizure frequency and compliance with medications.

Social Security disability claims based on epilepsy can be difficult if proper medical treatment is not obtained and medication dosages are not followed. Epilepsy claims require expert understanding of the above evaluation process, as well as compelling medical evidence. If the medical evidence does not support the alleged severity, the claimant is often found to be less than credible and denied. If you would like to discuss the specifics of your case with a disability expert now, please contact us. We will do everything possible to get your claim approved.

How a Social Security Attorney Can Help

Whether you’re preparing your first SSDI application, submitting your claim for Reconsideration or appealing a rejected claim, you have a greater chance of success with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer.

Attorneys at Kalfus & Nachman PC understand the complex SSDI application process and the information necessary to receive approval while maximizing the financial support you need for your condition. We also have a thorough knowledge of the appeals process and can help you assemble the additional information necessary to bolster your claim if you’ve been denied.

If you live in the Norfolk, Hampton, Newport News, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach or Roanoke, Virginia, areas and need assistance filing your SSDI application or making an appeal, please contact Kalfus & Nachman PC by phone at (855) 880-8163 or through the form on this page to schedule a free consultation.

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