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Facts about Grand Mal Seizures and Filing for Disability



 
These selected pages answer some of the most basic, but also some of the most important, questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim for disability benefits.


  • What makes a person eligible to receive disability benefits?

  • How to apply for disability for SSD and SSI Benefits

  • How does a person qualify for disability

  • Requirements for disability - Qualifications Criteria for SSD and SSI

  • How to Prove you are disabled and win your disability benefits

  • Why Is It Hard to be Found Disabled for Social Security Disability or SSI for Seizures?

  • Can I get disability if I have seizures?

  • You can qualify for disability based on epilepsy in two separate ways



  • Facts about the condition

    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.


    Qualifying 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 and treatment notes that 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 also includes discharge summaries from hospital stays, reports of imaging studies (such as xrays, MRIs, and CT scans) and lab panels (i.e. bloodwork) as well as reports from physical therapy.

    In many disability claims, it may also include the results of a report issued by an independent physician who examines you at the request of the Social Security Administration.



    Qualifying for SSD or SSI benefits 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. In the case of adults, your work history information will allow a disability examiner (examiners make decisions at the initial claim and reconsideration appeal levels, but not at the hearing level where a judges decides the outcome of the case) to A) classify your past work, B) determine the physical and mental demands of your past work, C) decide if you can go back to a past job, and D) whether or not you have the ability to switch to some type of other work.

    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?

    There are several reasons but here are just two:

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

    Note: it is not enough for a doctor to simply state that their patient is disabled. To satisy Social Security's requirements, the physician must list in what ways and to what extent the individual is functionally limited. For this reason, many representatives and attorneys request that the physician fill out and sign a specialized medical source statement that captures the correct information. Solid Supporting statements from physicians easily make the difference between winning or losing a disability case at the hearing level.

    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. This is because at the initial levels of the disability system, a disability examiner decides the case without meeting the claimant. The examiner may contact the claimant to gather information on activities of daily living and with regard to medical treatment or past jobs, but usually nothing more. At the hearing level, however, presenting an argument for approval based on medical evidence that has been obtained and submitted is exactly what happens.








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    Can you get temporary Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?

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