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Individuals suffering from seizure disorders on a daily basis may not feel disabled, but likely are unable to work because of the possibility of seizures. Seizures occur when brain cells release abnormal signals to the rest of your body, causing muscles to behave in a manner that is irregular and possibly dangerous, based on the severity of the seizure or the situation in which a seizure begins.

cat-scan for debilitating seizuresWhen an individual has a series of recurring seizures, or a certain change in brain function that increases the probability for future seizures, it may become diagnosable as epilepsy. Epilepsy can affect your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, making returning to work very difficult, if not impossible.

There are two types of seizures:

  • Generalized Seizures: These types of seizures involve a majority of the brain, or even all of the brain and are categorized into three different types:
    • Petit Mal: Now more commonly known as “absence seizures.” Occur when an individual stares for a brief period of time and loses consciousness.
    • Myclonic Seizures: When an individual begins to twitch in a particular muscle group. This often occurs with mild twitching of a muscle group, and generally is not a symptom of any disease – mild muscle twitching in otherwise healthy individuals may be perfectly normal.
    • Grand Mal: Now more commonly called “tonic-clonic seizures.” It begins with a tensing of the skeletal muscles, followed by random firing of neurons causing all muscles to contract and relax, followed by a period of unconsciousness lasting from 5-30 minutes. These may be accompanied by incontinence and bruising, and also cause a standing individual to fall.
  • Partial Seizures:
    • Simple Partial Seizure: When part of the brain seizes for a brief period of time. The individual remains conscious, but parts of the body may be affected more or less severely depending on the area of the brain affected. Can also lead to a generalized Grand Mal seizure, in which case this kind of pre-seizure phase is known as an “aura.”
    • Complex Partial Seizure: Often preceded by a simple partial seizure as an “aura,” complex partial seizures lead to a loss of consciousness and typically arise in certain specific areas of the brain.

man with serious heart problemsThese seizures can be caused by a number of factors, some include:

  • Brain trauma (at birth or later in life)
  • Biological factors
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Heart Attack
  • Other medical conditions

Epilepsy or recurrent seizures can be a debilitating disease that keeps you out of work for long periods of time. If you or a loved one has this disease and it is affecting your life so severely that your doctor tells you that you should not return to work, contact an experienced RI Social Security Disability attorney right away.

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An experienced Social Security attorney in Rhode Island can help you to make important life decisions and can ease the stress of the application process to the Social Security Administration. Nearly 75 percent of all first time applicants for Social Security Disability are denied benefits. This denial is generally not because the disability is not worthy of benefits, but rather because the paperwork was not what the Social Security Administration was looking for.

Contact the Social Security Disability attorneys of d’Oliveira & Associates

Social Security Disability lawyer meeting client that suffers from debilitating seizuresIf you have a lawyer prior to filing a claim with the Social Security Administration, your chances of succeeding are nearly doubled. Not only are your chances of success greater, but also you will begin receiving your benefits more quickly. If you plan on, or are currently doing business with the Social Security Administration, call The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates now. We can help to ensure that your claim is processed quickly, efficiently, and successfully.

We at d’Oliveira & Associates are highly skilled in the area of Social Security Disability law and have helped many clients successfully. Please contact The Law Offices of d’Oliveira & Associates at 1-800-992-6878 for a free legal consultation.

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