Social Security Disability for Seizures in New Orleans, LA
If you suffer from seizures so severe that you can’t work, Social Security Disability benefits can be a lifesaver.
Benefits qualify you for monthly checks and Medicare health coverage, so you can steady your life when your health is bad and your income has stopped.
But winning benefits isn’t easy. Most people get denied. You have to prove to Social Security that your seizures make working impossible.
Gary Sells, disability benefits advocate, can guide you through the difficult process of applying for benefits.
Gary and his team have helped thousands of people in Gretna, New Orleans, Metairie, Marrero, Houma, or anywhere across the New Orleans area.
Social Security Disability is all we do.
What Happens During a Seizure?
Seizures result from uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain.
This activity causes temporary brain dysfunction, leading to uncontrollable movements, unconsciousness, or a stop in movement all together.
Seizures can be caused by anything from birth defects to low blood sugar levels, medications or infections. Flashing lights and repetitive sounds can trigger some seizures.
Conditions such as fibromyalgia can cause occasional seizures. But if you experience recurring seizures, you have what’s known as a seizure disorder. Sleep deprivation, stress, immune system problems and psychiatric conditions can contribute to these seizures.
Some seizures can even cause injury to your brain.
When your seizures leave you unable to work in any capacity, that’s when you can qualify for Social Security Disability for seizures to help you support yourself.
It doesn’t cost you anything to get Gary Sells and his team of disability advocates to evaluate your case for disability benefits with seizures.
What Seizure Disorders Qualify for Disability Benefits?
The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a Listing of Impairments that can qualify you for disability benefits, including epilepsy impairment listings for seizure disorders.
These impairments divide into two groups:
- Convulsive epilepsy
- Non-convulsive epilepsy
To qualify for disability with convulsive epilepsy, you have to demonstrate that:
- You experience at least one seizure each month after taking medication for three months.
- Your seizures occur during the day and either involve loss of consciousness or convulsions
- Or you have seizures at night with symptoms that impact your daytime activities.
To qualify for benefits for non-convulsive epilepsy, you must show that:
- Your seizures occur during the day or night.
- You experience other problems such as unusual behaviors, trouble thinking, a lack of energy and difficulty staying awake.
- Or you have other post-seizure symptoms that affect your everyday activities.
Whichever type of seizures you’re experiencing, if they disrupt your work, they just give you more stress. Disability benefits can ease the burden you face.
Can I Get Social Security Disability for Seizures without the Symptoms Above?
If your seizure disorder has forced you off work, but you don’t meet the specific criteria listed by Social Security, you may still be able to win benefits through another path, called a medical-vocational allowance. This approach focuses on your symptoms and how they affect your ability to work, regardless of what’s in the official Listing of Impairments.
The SSA will consider factors such as your age, educational background, and transferrable work skills.
And you can have your doctor complete a residual functioning capacity (RFC) form, which details the most physical exertion you can handle despite your health problems.
Applying for benefits is complicated, and applying with a seizure disorder comes with its own special challenges. You may be denied and need to appeal.
The best place to start is by consulting with an experienced disability advocate to talk about the specifics of your case. Our team has been helping people win disability benefits, including people with seizure disorders, for years.