Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder that causes seizures. It is estimated that 3.4 million people in the United States suffer from epilepsy and that one-third of epilepsy sufferers have uncontrolled seizures due to medications not being effective in their case. 

With the unpredictability of seizures due to epilepsy, a career and daily activities are difficult to maintain. This is especially true for doctors and medical professionals, who are unable to care for their patients if they are experiencing unexpected seizures and other epileptic complications. If you are unable to work due to epilepsy, you need to consult with a Philadelphia epilepsy attorney about obtaining your disability insurance benefits. Do not hesitate in contacting Seltzer & Associates to discuss your claim.

Our Philadelphia Epilepsy Attorney Team Secures Benefits for Doctors

You do not need to fight the insurance company alone for your benefits. Working with a Philadelphia epilepsy attorney will help you during the pursuit of your disability insurance benefits. Not only do the attorneys at Seltzer & Associates know the challenges physicians face every day in their practice, but we understand the limitations caused by epilepsy that prevent doctors from working. Seltzer & Associates has ample experience working with insurance companies nationwide and our experienced team is ready to secure your disability insurance benefits for you.

Epilepsy Complications Prevent Medical Professionals from Working

Epilepsy causes many neurological effects that prevent doctors and other medical professionals from maintaining their career. The repeated and unexpected nature of seizures due to epilepsy certainly disrupts the ability to maintain a consistent medical practice and engage with patients. In addition, there are several types of seizures with different resulting complications. Depending on the type of seizure, complications include: 

  • Loss of awareness 
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Falling
  • Involuntary twitching or jerking of muscles, shaking

Any of these types of seizures may be enough to disrupt a doctor from engaging in the practice of medicine, as well as prevent other career opportunities including research and consulting on matters.

Epilepsy Risks in Physicians 

There are some underlying risk factors and causes of epilepsy. People with the following risk factors or conditions may be more likely to develop epilepsy:

  • Genetic factors
  • Head trauma 
  • Brain tumors
  • Stroke
  • Infection and other diseases that damage the brain

Treating Epilepsy in Doctors

Epilepsy is diagnosed through imaging tests of the brain and blood tests. The treating physician will also identify the type of seizure the patient suffers from in order to develop a treatment plan best suited for the specific type of seizures and resulting complications.

Medication can help reduce or eliminate seizures, but these medications come with many side effects which prevent doctors from consistently practicing medicine, including: 

  • Depression 
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Memory and speech problems 
  • Damage to other organs

If the part of the brain experiencing seizures is small and contained, surgery may be performed in order to remove damaged areas of the brain to prevent further seizures. Other stimulation therapies may be able to prevent seizures as well, but any treatment for epilepsy still incurs risk of complications that may prevent doctors from working.

Contact a Philadelphia Epilepsy Attorney

If you are a medical professional unable to work due to epilepsy, contact a Philadelphia epilepsy attorney at Seltzer & Associates to discuss your claim for disability insurance benefits.