Can I get disability if I have seizures?

Hi, I have a question in regard to applying for disability. I have had seizures all my life and was able to work, however, recently I had a seizure in the kitchen and got burnt on parts of my body and had to been sent to the burn unit in the hospital and ended up having another seizure, not sure if I will be able to go back to work. I wanted to know can I apply for disability and how the process works in regards to finding out about how much I would be awarded. I know it goes about how long I worked in my adult life, but just not sure. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

The answer to your first question is most definitely you can apply for disability benefits on the basis of seizures. If you apply for disability you will be informed as to what your disability benefit amount is. Your years of work determine your insured for disability status and the amount of your earnings determine the amount of your monthly Social Security Disability benefits.

Considering you have a significant seizure problem that seems to be manifesting more often, I would say you have a fairly good chance of being approved for disability benefits at some point in the Social Security Disability process.

If you are not able to return to work you should consider filing as soon as you can as your date of filing controls the back payment of benefits. If you have not worked in the same months you may even be entitled to retroactive disability benefits.

You can file for disability by contacting your local Social Security office for an appointment or calling the Social Security free toll number, or you can file a disability claim online.

If you are filing online make sure to complete all the forms before submitting your application. If you think you might be eligible for the need based SSI disability program, you should keep in mind there is no SSI online application at this point. So, Social Security would have to contact you for that application, which makes filing by phone or in person at your local Social Security office more practical.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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