Disability insurance companies don’t always make it easy for policyholders who have seizures to get the disability benefits they deserve. A seizure occurs when there is abnormal electrical activity in the brain; recurrent seizures are called epilepsy.
What Is An Epileptic Seizure?
Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures, which occur when nerve cells or neurons in the brain send out the wrong signals. There is no known cause, though seizures can be triggered by brain injury, tumor, infection, stroke, withdrawal from Xanax and other medications, abuse of drugs or alcohol, low blood sugar, and even cancer.
There are two general types of seizures and many subtypes based on the pattern of the attack. A generalized seizure involves both sides of the brain; common subtypes include grand mal and petit mal seizures.
Partial or focal seizures begin in a specific area of the brain and can spread to the entire brain.
Epileptic seizures can range from brief to long periods of shaking; in about 70% of cases they are controlled by medication. It is not uncommon for disability carriers to deny payment of benefits on the basis that the seizure disorder is well controlled or that the seizures don’t occur often enough to be disabling. The carrier will ignore the cognitive complications caused by seizures.
What Are The Common Symptoms?
It is not uncommon for epilepsy also to result in depression, anxiety disorder and migraines. Disability carriers often apply the mental nervous limitations of a policy and attempt to limit benefits to only 24 months.
The common symptoms include:
What Is A Non-Epileptic Seizure?
A non-epileptic seizure (NES) or dissociative seizure is different from epilepsy because they have a different cause. NES can be caused by a physical or organic cause, including low blood sugar or diabetes, or by a psychological cause.
It is crucial to distinguish whether your non-epileptic seizures have an organic or a psychological cause. Many carriers apply the mental nervous limitation to seizures with mental or emotional causes. A psychogenic seizure can include:
Dissociative seizures (DS) often are caused by traumatic events, including a major accident, several emotional upset, psychological stress, difficult relationships and physical or sexual abuse.
How Do Disability Carriers View Epileptic and Non-Epileptic Seizures?
Many disability claims for epileptic and non-epileptic seizures are denied because the disability insurance company says:
(1) There is no objective basis of the epilepsy diagnosis,
(2) There is no objective basis for the restrictions and limitations assigned by your physician,
(3) There is no causal relationship between your epilepsy diagnosis and/or your restrictions and limitations, and your inability to do your own or any occupation,
(4) The non-epileptic seizures are caused by psychological condition, and benefits are limited based on the mental nervous policy limitations.
Nancy Cavey, who has 35 years experience handling disability cases, has successfully represented many policyholders with epileptic and non-epileptic seizures. She works to overcome a claims denial or termination by working closely with you and your physician.
Nancy Cavey offers a free initial consultation and welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your disability claim.
How Do I Get The Disability Insurance Benefits I Deserve?
Epileptic and non-epileptic seizures can interfere with your daily activities and with your ability to work.
If you no longer can work or your doctor has told you to apply for disability benefits, you should take steps before you apply:
Contact Disability Attorney Nancy L. Cavey, Who Can Help You Regardless of Where You Live
Epileptic and non-epileptic seizures can make it difficult, if not impossible, to work. You owe it to yourself and your family to get help today! Nancy Cavey can review your policy and your medical records, and explain to you what your policy says and how to get your disability benefits. Call today for a free consultation at 727-894-3188.