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Can I lose my job if I have seizures?

Can I lose my job if I have seizures?

Can I be fired for having epilepsy? You cannot be fired for having epilepsy. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects the employment of a qualified individual with a disability who can perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodations.

Do people with seizures qualify for disability?

If you suffer from seizures that impact your ability to work, you may be eligible to get Social Security disability.

What jobs can someone with epilepsy do?

People with epilepsy are successfully employed in a variety of jobs that might be considered high-risk: police officer, firefighter, welder, butcher, construction worker, etc.

Should I tell my employer I have epilepsy?

Despite some of the drawbacks, don’t be afraid to tell your employers about your epilepsy. The way you communicate it to them might make a huge difference in how they respond to the information. You should also let them know specifics like if you can drive or not or if you need to avoid certain jobs or activities.

What is a good job for someone with epilepsy?

Can you get money for having epilepsy?

If you have been diagnosed with epilepsy and you can’t work and you expect to be unable to work for at least 12 months you can file a claim for Social Security disability benefits. Social Security disability benefits can provide money that you need to pay for things like housing, bills, food, and other expenses.

What jobs can you not do if you have epilepsy?

If you have seizures, you may not be able to do jobs that risk your safety or the safety of other people. These include: jobs that involve driving. working at heights, near open water or fire.

Does epilepsy shorten your life?

Reduction in life expectancy can be up to 2 years for people with a diagnosis of idiopathic/cryptogenic epilepsy, and the reduction can be up to 10 years in people with symptomatic epilepsy. Reductions in life expectancy are highest at the time of diagnosis and diminish with time.

What are good jobs for epileptics?

Is epilepsy a mental disability?

Epilepsy is not a mental illness. In fact, the vast majority of people living with epilepsy have no cognitive or psychological problem. For the most part, psychological issues in epilepsy are limited to people with severe and uncontrolled epilepsy.

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Does epilepsy affect memory?

Any type of epileptic seizure could potentially affect your memory, either during or after a seizure. If you have lots of seizures, memory problems might happen more often. Some people have generalised seizures that affect all of the brain.