While some people suffer from headaches and the occasional migraine, there are others who suffer from debilitating headaches regularly that affect their ability to work or maintain employment. Some experience migraines for days on end and experience life-altering and severe pain, nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. In this blog post, we will discuss what criteria must be met for an individual to qualify for disability benefits because of migraines and how to get a disability claim underway.
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Qualifying For Disability Benefits Because of Migraines
The Social Security Administration (SSA) oversees disability benefits. If an individual suffers from severe migraines regularly, and it is difficult to function normally, he or she may qualify for disability. Sometimes migraines are severe, and the headache sufferer must stay in a dark room in bed for hours on end. While there are prescription drugs used to treat migraines, sometimes they are not effective and they have debilitating side effects, including drowsiness.
The medical guide used by the SSA to determine if a claimant meets the criteria to qualify for disability is called the Blue Book. There is not a disability listing specifically for migraines in the Blue Book. To determine if you are disabled, the SSA will review your daily limitations and restrictions, consider the frequency of your headaches, consider the severity of your headaches and the symptoms you suffer, review your employment options, and then review your medical records and evidence.
The frequency of your headaches, the duration of your headaches, and the extent of your symptoms will tell the disability examiner about how often you must call in to work. The length of your migraines and their frequency will tell the SSA if you can keep a consistent work schedule.
When it comes to reviewing your daily limitations because of your migraines, the SSA will review your medical records and any forms completed by your physician, especially the residual functional capacity (RFC) form. Your physician will describe in detail how your migraines affect your ability to perform routine tasks.
As an example, if you work in a warehouse, the SSA will need to know how the noise, lighting, and activities of the workplace will exacerbate your symptoms and increase the frequency of your migraines. If during a migraine you must lie in bed in a darkened area, then the disability examiner will know that you cannot work in a warehouse during an episode.
Even if you prove that you cannot return to the same job because of your migraines, you will need to prove that your migraines also keep you from performing any other kind of job. So, you should provide detailed records showing that you cannot interact on a social level, focus on a computer screen, communicate effectively, or perform essential job duties because of the severity of your migraines and the symptoms you experience.
How Do I Apply for Disability?
Having strong medical documentation is essential to the success of your disability claim. Your medical records should include physician notes, and results of medical tests done to determine your medical condition such as an MRI or CT scan that was done to rule out other medical issues. You should also provide treatment details, such as a list of medications prescribed to treat your migraines and their effectiveness as well as the side effects that you suffer from them.
Without medical records that support your claim, you will likely not be awarded disability benefits. You can start your disability claim online at www.ssa.gov or by calling 1-800-772-1213 and speaking with a representative. Claimants who are represented by a disability lawyer are much more likely to be awarded disability benefits.
If you suffer from disabling migraines that have made it impossible for you to work and earn a living, call Watson and Carroll for a consultation with our disability attorney. Get your disability claim on the right track with the help of an experienced disability lawyer.
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