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Epilepsy, your ability to work and your right to benefits

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North Carolina residents who have disabling medical conditions often struggle with the uncertainty that comes with the inability to earn a living or provide for loved ones. You may be experiencing this if you have a epilepsy, a medical condition that often prevents its victims from working and enjoying a normal lifestyle.

If you have this specific type of neurological disorder, you could have a rightful claim to disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. You may be eligible for either Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income. If you cannot work, your financial security is at stake. It can be helpful to seek a full understanding of the options available to you regarding your potential claim to disability benefits.

The effects of this condition on your body

Epilepsy is a medical condition that can cause seizures. The way that a person will exhibit seizure activity differs on a case-by-case basis. Some of the ways that epilepsy could affect your ability to gainful employment includes the following:

  • It can make a person feel dazed or confused, making it difficult to complete tasks.
  • It can lead to headaches, depression and chronic sleepiness, which could impact your ability to do your job.
  • During epileptic episodes, it can cause uncontrollable movements and loss of control over your bladder or bowels.

It is difficult to treat this medical condition because for many sufferers, there is no known cause. If you have epilepsy, you may struggle to hold a job because you do not know what is causing your episodes and you do not know what triggers your seizures.

It is frustrating to be unable to work because of this condition, but you have options. If you think that you could qualify as disabled and have a rightful claim to benefits through the SSA, you have the right to know more about your options. It is always beneficial to be aware of the choices available to you.

Filing a claim and dealing with setbacks

The process of actually obtaining either SSI or SSDI can be frustratingly complex. The paperwork itself can be complicated and confusing, and some applicants have to deal with denied claims and other setbacks.

Fortunately, you can seek help from even the initial stages of the claims process. With guidance, you may find you have a better chance of getting the support you need after epilepsy robs you of your ability to work and earn a living.

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