Temporal Lobe Epilepsy and Receiving Social Security Disability

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At any given time, about 50 million people have epilepsy worldwide. About 2.5 million of those people with epilepsy are Americans. More than 180,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy every year. Epilepsy usually begins in children or people over age 65, but it can occur at any age.

Epilepsy is actually a group of related disorders that are characterized by recurring seizures. These related disorders may have vastly different symptoms, but they all involve episodic abnormal electrical activity in your brain. Epilepsy disrupts the transmission of electrical signals in your brain. When this happens a seizure takes place.

Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is a term that is used in reference to seizures that are generated in that portion of your brain that is called the temporal lobe. This can mean either your left or right temporal lobe. In rare instances, seizures may occur in both temporal lobes.

Your temporal lobe is that part of your brain that processes fight or flight reactions, short-term memory and emotions. If you have frontal lobe epilepsy, you may have strange feelings at the beginning of your seizures. These feelings may range anywhere from fear to euphoria, hallucinations of smell or taste and déjà vu.

An emotion or unusual sensation that is known as an aura may take place before a temporal lobe epilepsy seizure that serves as a warning of an impending seizure. An aura is really a small seizure in and of itself. Examples of auras are:

  • A rising sensation in your abdomen
  • A sudden sense of unprovoked fear
  • The sudden occurrence of a strange taste or odor
  • A déjà vu experience.

There are some signs and symptoms of a temporal lobe epilepsy seizure. These include:

  • Repeated chewing or swallowing
  • Loss of awareness of surroundings
  • Unusual finger movements like picking motions
  • Staring
  • Lip smacking.

There are signs and symptoms that you may experience after a temporal lobe epilepsy seizure. These include:

  • Problems with speaking and a short time of confusion
  • Being unaware that you have had a seizure until someone tells you
  • An inability to recall things that happened during the seizure.

You or a loved one may have temporal lobe epilepsy. This disorder and/or complications resulting from or other disabling conditions that you may have along with it may be the cause of your disability and need for financial assistance.

You or your loved one may intend to apply for the financial help that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by temporal lobe epilepsy and/or complications resulting from or other disabling conditions that you may have along with it. Have you or your loved one already applied and been denied?

If you or your loved one plans on reapplying or appealing the denial, consider this. People who have a disability lawyer standing with them are approved more often than people who are not represented by a disability attorney.

We can help you find a disability lawyer to help you fight the Social Security Administration for the benefits you deserve.

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