Disability insurance companies will often claim that epilepsy is not a condition that should result in a long term disability claim. However, the unpredictability of seizures makes it difficult for a person with epilepsy to work continuously in any occupation. If a claimant has not had a seizure in 30 days, carriers will often argue that they should be able to return to work. Disability insurance attorneys Dell & Schaefer have represented numerous long term disability claimants who have been unable to work as a result of epilepsy.
Not everyone suffering from epilepsy qualifies for long-term disability benefits. In order to determine the appropriate level of restrictions, each client’s medical records must be reviewed. Disability Attorneys at Dell & Schaefer have an extensive understanding of the significant restrictions and limitations a person suffering from epilepsy must cope with every day.
In order to sufficiently satisfy a disability carrier’s threshold of evidence we have worked closely with top physicians to obtain the necessary proof that a client is disabled by epilepsy. Contact us today for a free initial consultation. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your long-term disability claim.
Our Disability Claim Attorneys Understand Epilepsy Disability Claims
Epilepsy is a neurological condition that stems from electrical signals inside the brain that cause recurring seizures. Worldwide around 50 million people have epilepsy; more than 3 million of them live in the US. In other words, about one in every 100 people in the US – roughly one percent of the population – has experienced an unprovoked seizure or been diagnosed with epilepsy. However, a single occurrence of a seizure does not mean you have epilepsy. As a general rule, at least two unprovoked seizures are necessary to produce an epilepsy diagnosis.
In approximately half of all diagnosed cases, epilepsy has no identifiable cause. In the other fifty percent, the condition may be traced to one or more different factors. Certain types of epilepsy are categorized by the type of seizure the patient experiences and tend to run in families, indicating a genetic influence as the cause. However, genes can be only a part of the cause, perhaps making a person more susceptible to environmental conditions that trigger seizures.
In some cases, incidents of epilepsy only occur as a secondary effect of another event. Head trauma sustained in a traumatic injury, such as an automobile accident, can cause epilepsy. Medical events like strokes or heart attacks that result in damage to the brain can also cause epilepsy. Among older adults, dementia and stroke are leading causes of epilepsy. Diseases can cause epilepsy such as meningitis, AIDS and viral encephalitis as well.
How the Symptoms of Epilepsy Can Affect You
Epilepsy is caused by abnormal activity in brain cells, so seizures can have an impact on any process coordinated by your brain. A seizure can produce staring spells, temporary confusion, uncontrollable jerking movements of the arms and legs and a complete loss of consciousness. It is the long term side effects and restrictions caused by a seizure which prevent a claimant from returning to work. Most disability insurance companies ignore the cognitive limitation that can occur following a seizure.
There are many valuable sources of epilepsy information available. These resources can also be accessed via the internet:
- National institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
There are numerous charities dedicated to epilepsy research, detection and treatment including:
Contact our Disability Insurance Lawyers Today
Claimants seeking benefits for disabilities related to epilepsy are eligible for a free initial consultation. We will discuss your disability claim and discuss all of your options.