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Are benefits available for those with seizure disorder?

There are few things more valuable to Georgia residents than their personal health. This is why a serious illness or injury can be so life-changing, because it can strike at the core of the person's everyday life.

For instance, a serious illness can prevent a person from earning a livelihood if they can no longer continue working at their job. While these illnesses or injuries may often be physical in form, there are also neurological and mental conditions that have the same impact and prevent the person from working.

To take one example, a person who has epilepsy, otherwise known as seizure disorder, may not be able to work because of the seizures they experience. For some, the seizures can be controlled with medication or surgery. However, others do not see this control over their symptoms, which presents an extremely serious problem for safely working at their job.

Fortunately, those with seizure disorder may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The availability of Social Security disability benefits for illnesses like seizure disorder may depend on a number of different factors. Indeed, there are many different types of seizure disorder, and some types can be more debilitating than others.

Accordingly, as with other conditions, the Social Security Administration typically looks at how frequent the person suffers seizures, as well as the severity of the person's seizures. And, like other conditions, the person typically needs to demonstrate these issues through appropriate documentation, such as medical records from their provider that show the care they are under for their illness. Upon satisfying the medical test, individuals with seizure disorder can obtain the disability benefits they need after losing the ability to continue working.

Source: Social Security Administration, "Disability evaluation under Social Security," accessed on Nov. 19, 2016

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