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Can a person get disability benefits based on seizures?

When a person suffers a seizure their body can go through a range of different symptoms. They may or may not lose consciousness, and they may or may not lose control of their bodily functions. Some seizures are focal and impact only one part of a person’s brain, while others are generalized and take over the individual’s entire brain.

Oklahoma residents suffer from different classifications and severities of seizures. Many who have seizure disorders, like epilepsy, take medications and use different treatments to improve their health and medical conditions. However, not everyone is able to improve their health enough and enjoy stability from their condition to hold down a job. When this is the case, benefits may be available.

When seizures interfere with a person’s life to such an extent that medicine cannot do enough to keep them well, their condition may rise to that of a disability. Our readers are reminded that the Social Security Administration has its own definition of “disability” that it uses to determine if applicants for benefits qualify, and individuals who have questions regarding how this definition may fit with their conditions may need to get more specific information about their unique circumstances.

Put simply, individuals who suffer from seizures may be able to get Social Security Disability benefits based upon their conditions. There is no guarantee that a diagnosis of epilepsy will ensure a positive outcome when a person applies for benefits. As with all medical conditions, individual cases of seizure disorders are evaluated based on their own evidence for determinations by the Social Security Administration.

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