chronic migraines and social security disability benefitsIndividuals suffering from chronic migraines may struggle with day-to-day tasks. For many, migraine headaches strike daily or several times a week. This can make it impossible to work and subsequently lead to financial instability.

The legal team of Tim and Sean Cuddigan represents clients who are seeking Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for their chronic migraines. If you are diagnosed with primary headache disorder, you may be eligible for disability benefits.

Seeking Disability Benefits for Primary Headache Disorder

If you are living with chronic migraine headaches, have been diagnosed with primary headache disorder, and are unable to work as a result, you may qualify for disability benefits. When the Social Security Administration (SSA) receives your claim, an examiner looks for evidence that shows you cannot work your present job or any other job due to the symptoms of your migraine. The evidence in your claim should include:

  • A diagnosis of a primary headache disorder from a doctor
  • A medical report from your doctor that cites the severity and frequency of your migraines
  • Medical records from your visits to emergency departments or hospitalizations for migraine headache treatment
  • A record of your treatments for your primary headache disorder and how you responded to them
  • Results of an MRI or a CT scan that rule out other medical conditions that might be causing your chronic headaches
  • A medical record from your doctor with details about your observable symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, issues of concentration or memory, and/or need to lie in a dark, quiet room

To help provide your doctor with the necessary evidence, it's helpful if you keep a journal that documents the frequency and severity of the headaches and details how they interfere with your daily life.

It's important to note that most initial applications for chronic migraines are denied by the SSA. Our firm assists clients who are looking to file an initial claim as well as individuals whose claims have been denied. We can help you through the various stages of appeal in an effort to get you the benefits you need and deserve.

Cuddigan Law for Migraine Disability

If you suffer from primary headache disorder or any other qualifying disorder and can provide the necessary evidence to show that it prevents you from working, you could be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. If your disability claim for migraines is denied, you may still qualify, and our Omaha disability benefits lawyers can help you file an appeal. Learn how we can assist you in our booklet, Why You Should Hire an Attorney to Handle Your Social Security Disability Claim. Contact Cuddigan Law to speak with an intake specialist for free today.

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