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If you have epilepsy, do you qualify for disability?

There are various types of medical conditions that could prevent you from holding gainful employment. Physical injuries, mental conditions or medical issues could keep you from work, which likely means you will not be able to earn the money you need for medical needs, basic care and other necessities. If you find yourself in this position, you would qualify for certain benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Ohio readers may know epilepsy is a medical condition that could lead to seizures and other related medical issues. If you have this specific medical issue, seizures and their side effects could make it difficult to work. You may find it beneficial to explore your option for a potential disability claim.

The impact of epilepsy on your life

There are some people with epilepsy who are able to manage their symptoms and live regular lives. However, you may live with epileptic seizures that are unpredictable and frequent, thereby impacting your ability to maintain a normal lifestyle. Some of the ways this particular medical condition can impact your life include the following:

  • Epilepsy is a condition associated with unprovoked seizures. There may not be an easily identifiable injury or apparent trauma that is the source of epileptic seizures.
  • People who have epileptic seizures often experience confusion, loss of speech, abdominal discomfort and more before and during a seizure.
  • It often takes lengthy and in-depth testing to identify a cause, which could be genetic, infection-related or due to various other reasons.
  • For some epilepsy patients, medication is necessary, but some may benefit from surgery.

If you are unable to work because you are dealing with complications related to epilepsy, you may benefit from understanding more about the disability claims process. You could qualify for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, but it can be difficult to actually secure benefits.

Guidance for a complex claims process

It can be a complex and often frustrating process to apply for and obtain SSDI or SSI benefits. If you are unsure if you have a valid claim or you would like to understand more about your rights as a disabled individual, it is helpful to seek an evaluation of your case.

Epilepsy may have impacted your ability to work, but there are legal and financial options available to you. You have the right to fight for stability and security through disability benefits, and you do not have to fight alone.

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