Migraines are mysterious and debilitating. If they occur frequently enough, they can derail your ability to manage a steady job.
With pain springing from nowhere, making bright lights or loud sounds unbearable and causing nausea and confusion, you may be out of commission for hours or days.
In those cases, financial assistance is vital, giving you stability so you can focus on what’s most important: your health and well-being.
Social Security Disability provides this kind of relief, but migraines alone don’t qualify for benefits. Social Security has a list of qualifying impairments, and migraines don’t have their own entry.
Don’t give up hope. Migraines can be symptoms of larger underlying conditions that are eligible for disability benefits. Or you can prove that your migraines on their own are debilitating enough to get you approved for benefits with what’s called a “Medical Vocational Allowance.”
Successfully completing Social Security’s complicated application process can be difficult. Most first-time applicants are denied. An experienced disability lawyer can give you the advantage you need to access the financial relief you deserve.
Wisconsin Social Security Disability Lawyer Tim Geary knows the ins and outs of the process. He and his team deal with it every day, and they can help.
If you live in Fox Valley or across Northeast Wisconsin, get in touch with us.
Because Social Security doesn’t recognize migraines as a standalone condition that makes you eligible for disability benefits, often the clearest path to winning your claim is linking them to a larger health problem that keeps you from working.
According to the National Headache Foundation, there are several conditions that can qualify for benefits and include migraines as a symptom. Some of them are:
To win your case, you will need to do some serious digging. Social Security will want substantial documentation that may include:
All of this is a lot for anyone to take on alone. Your disability lawyer can gather all this information for you. At Geary Disability Law, we will evaluate your claim at no charge to you. To learn more, call us today.
When it comes to migraines, you have options when it comes to proving they keep you from earning a living.
When your condition doesn’t match the definitions in Social Security’s official listing of impairments, you can apply for disability benefits through a Medical Vocational Allowance.
That means proving that migraines keep you from performing work you could do before, keep you from switching to a different job, and keep you from working for at least a year.
Social Security will thoroughly review your medical records and also test how much exertion you can handle through a “residual functional capacity” evaluation. If you cannot perform enough fundamental tasks to get through work days, you may be approved for disability benefits.
If you live in Wisconsin and are trying to get disability benefits because migraines are disrupting your life, having someone standing by you who knows Social Security can ease the strain.
It’s only natural for you to have many questions when your life has been disrupted by health problems and you need financial assistance. Get started on your path forward with our answers to some of the questions we hear most often:DISABILITY FAQs
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