Non-Epileptic Seizures Disability Claims Attorneys Representing Policyholders Nationwide
At Disability Insurance Law Group, our nationwide claims attorneys know that non-epileptic seizures (NES) are seizures that are caused by mental or emotional processes rather than a physical cause.
The main symptom of NES is seizure-like attacks. These attacks can vary from person to person in what they look like and how often they happen, but common symptoms include full-body spasms or shaking and twitching or jerking in the limbs.
Because NES are rooted in emotional stress or extreme responses to stress and anxiety caused by traumatic events like physical or sexual abuse, divorce, or the death of a loved one, insurance companies push policyholders with claims disputes, stating that their trauma should not keep them from working. We know better.
When individuals suffer from non-epileptic seizures, they are often experiencing some of the most challenging life circumstances that are so upsetting their bodies respond to seizures. This is where disability insurance can make an essential difference in their lives while they address the underlying causes of NES with psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), or both.
When a disability insurance claim is denied, it can physically, emotionally, and financially devastate non-epileptic seizure sufferers. We want to help.
Our national non-epileptic seizures disability insurance attorneys assist policyholders through the U.S. in strategically submitting their claims by outlining the severity of their conditions, compiling the necessary medical records to support their disabilities, and negotiating with their private or employer-provided insurer to achieve the benefits they are entitled to for their impairment.
Call us today to learn more about how we have successfully produced real results for real people across the U.S. who need our help and how we can assist you in moving forward with confidence during a free consultation.
When are Non-Epileptic Seizures Considered Impairments?
Researchers think the symptoms of NES are defense mechanisms that develop in response to underlying psychological distress.
Some may be distressed because of unresolved or untreated psychiatric conditions that co-occur with NES, including:
- Depressive disorders.
- Dissociative disorders.
- Personality disorders.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
- Somatic symptom disorder.
While healthcare providers cannot determine if someone is having an NES attack or an epilepsy-related seizure based on observation alone, seizure symptoms that highly suggest NES include:
- Changing patterns of movement.
- Convulsive-type seizures that are over 10 minutes long.
- Convulsive-type seizures with retained awareness.
- Eyes-closed unresponsiveness.
- Out-of-phase limb movements.
- Pelvic thrusting.
- Rapid side-to-side head movements.
Many people with NES meet the criteria for conversion disorder, also known as functional neurological symptom disorder. Conversion disorder is a mental health condition that manifests as a physical symptom. The symptoms happen because your brain “converts” the effects of a mental health issue into disruptions of your brain or nervous system.
NES can be considered an impairment when it significantly impacts a person’s ability to carry out daily activities, maintain employment, or engage in social interactions.
Considering NES as an impairment often involves a comprehensive evaluation by healthcare professionals, including neurologists, psychiatrists, and psychologists.
The following factors may contribute to the determination of NES as an impairment:
If a person experiences frequent and severe non-epileptic seizures, it can interfere with their daily life and functioning, potentially leading to impairment.
- Impact on Activities of Daily Living (ADLs)
If NES significantly impairs a person’s ability to perform basic activities of daily living, such as personal hygiene, dressing, and feeding, it may be considered an impairment.
- Occupational Implications
NES can impact a person’s ability to maintain employment. If the seizures interfere with job performance, attendance, or safety, it may be viewed as an impairment.
- Social and Interpersonal Functioning
Non-epileptic seizures can affect social interactions and relationships. They may be considered impairments if they lead to isolation, strained relationships, or difficulty in participating in social activities.
The psychological impact of NES, including anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns, can contribute to impairment. These psychological factors may be assessed alongside the seizures themselves.
Whether your disability insurance coverage was underwritten as a private or employer-provided policy, we have over 50 years of combined experience pursuing all insurance coverages and corporations for the benefits policyholders nationwide deserve.
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Contact our national non-epileptic seizures disability insurance attorneys today by calling 954-989-9000 or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential case assessment so we can put our legal skills and resources to work for you — no matter where you live or work in the U.S.