Patients who suffer from chronic migraines, also called primary headache disorder, know all too well how debilitating this condition can be. Often, these crippling headaches are also accompanied by additional symptoms, including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound, or temporary loss of vision. A migraine attack can last from 4 to 72 hours, and in some cases, the attack may last even longer. Victims may suffer from these migraines several times per week, per month, or on a daily basis. Fortunately, those with chronic migraines may qualify for Social Security disability benefits.

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How the SSA Determines Eligibility for Benefits

When you file a claim for primary headache disorder with the Social Security Administration (SSA), an examiner will determine whether your chronic migraines are so debilitating that you can no longer work. The following is an overview of the evidence the SSA looks for:

  • If you've been diagnosed with primary headache disorder by a doctor
  • If you are unable to perform basic work activities on a regular basis
  • Whether your primary headache disorder causes significant limitations in your ability to concentrate, understand instructions, associate with others, lift, walk, or stand
  • The frequency and severity of your migraines
  • How often you need to miss work as a result of a migraine
  • If you have another medical condition that is causing your headaches
  • If you are capable of performing a different type of full-time job
  • How old you are, what level of education you have achieved, and your past employment history

Patients who suffer from primary headache disorder often have limited options in terms of treatment and prevention. Many current remedies cause significant side effects and provide minimal relief. As a result, a person with primary headache disorder may find it impossible to get out of bed for hours or days on end. In these severe cases, it is possible that you may qualify for Social Security (SS) disability benefits.

To learn more about the various conditions that may qualify for SS disability benefits and other helpful information about the claims process, visit the YouTube page for Cuddigan Law. We strive to offer helpful and informative videos that answer the most common questions by individuals seeking assistance with SS disability matters.

Cuddigan Law for Migraine Disability Benefits

If you suffer from primary headache disorder and require days to recover from an attack, you may worry that you could lose your job due to absences from work. Establishing disability due to migraines isn’t easy, but an experienced lawyer can help. If you have qualified representation, it may increase your chances of having your claim approved. Call us today to speak with an intake specialist for free to discuss your eligibility for SS disability.

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Timothy J. Cuddigan (Founder - Retired)
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