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Facts about Grand Mal Seizures and Filing for Disability


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1) Grand mal seizure is a typical seizure; most people think of this type of seizure when they think of seizures in general. Grand mal seizure is also known as tonic-clonic seizure. It is a seizure characterized by muscle contractions and loss of consciousness.

2) There are two stages of grand mal seizure: the tonic phase and the clonic phase, hence the name tonic-clonic seizure. The tonic phase is marked by a loss of consciousness and falling down caused by sudden muscle contractions. The clonic phase is the convulsion stage, marked by the muscles oscillating between flexing and relaxing.

3) The convulstiona stage (clonic) usually lasts less than two minutes. If a grand mal seizure lasts more than four or five minutes, it is a medical emergency.

3) Some grand mal seizure symptoms are: loss of bladder or bowel, confusion, aura, a sudden scream, unconsciousness after convulsions, fatigue, or severe headache. Not all people who have a grand mal seizure will have these symptoms, but most will have one or two.

4) Traumatic head injuries, low blood sugar, brain tumors, strokes, head injury, infections, low sodium, using drugs, withdrawing from drugs, low calcium, and even low magnesium can sometimes cause grand mal seizures.

5) The risk for grand mal seizure is increased with sleep deprivation, drug use, heavy drinking, electrolyte imbalance, and a family history of seizures.

6) Grand mal seizures may be an isolate incidence. Many people have one seizure and never have another one again. If more than one seizure occurs, anti-seizure medication may be prescribed.


Can you qualify for disability benefits with this condition?

Whether or not you qualify for disability and, as a result, are approved for disability benefits will depend entirely on the information obtained from your medical records. This includes whatever statements may have been obtained from your treating physician (a doctor who has a history of treating your condition and is, therefore, qualified to comment as to your condition and prognosis).

It will also depend on the information obtained from your vocational, or work, history if you are an adult, or academic records if you are a minor-age child. The important thing to keep in mind is that the social security administration does not award benefits based on simply having a condition, but, instead, will base an approval or denial on the extent to which a condition causes functional limitations. Functional limitations can be great enough to make work activity not possible (or, for a child, make it impossible to engage in age-appropriate activities).

Why are so many disability cases lost at the disability application and reconsideration appeal levels?

Speaking as a former Disability Claims Examiner, I can state that there are several reasons:

1) Social Security makes no attempt to obtain a statement from a claimant's treating physician. By contrast, at the hearing level, a claimant and his or her disability attorney will generally obtain and present this type of statement to a judge;

2) Prior to the hearing level, a claimant will not have the opportunity to explain how their condition limits them, nor will their attorney or representative have the opportunity to make a presentation based on the evidence of the case. At the hearing level, of course, this is exactly what happens. And a number of disability representatives will also take such steps even earlier, at the reconsideration appeal level;

3) Disability judges, unlike disability examiners who decides cases at the first two levels of the system, can make independent decisions without being overturned by immediate supervisors--which happens frequently.















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