Social Security Disability and Migraines
A migraine is a severe, painful headache that is often accompanied by symptoms like nausea, blurred vision, and sensory symptoms, such as numbness and pins and needles. Migraines typically last from four to 72 hours. Six percent of men and 18 percent of women suffer from migraines. Migraines can be triggered by certain foods, allergic reactions, smoking, bright lights or caffeine. If your migraines are so severe that they render you unable to perform daily activities and hold down a full-time job, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) defines being disabled as the inability to work because of a medical condition that has lasted 12 consecutive months or more. Migraine sufferers applying for disability benefits must present evidence showing that they suffer from frequent headaches that are severe enough to significantly limit their ability to perform activities that are needed for most jobs, such as seeing, hearing, speaking, walking, standing, reaching, carrying, handling, and understanding and remembering simple instructions. If you engage in substantial gainful activity, you do not qualify for Social Security disability benefits. According to the SSA, substantial gainful activity is defined as working and earning more than $1010 per month. The SSA will also review your work history and medical records to determine whether or not you're capable of engaging in past work or some other form of work. If the SSA finds that you're capable of performing any work you've done in the past or that you qualify for other jobs based on the work skills you possess, you will be denied disability benefits. To win Social Security disability benefits, migraine sufferers must produce evidence of the severity of their condition. Some types of evidence that migraine sufferers can gather to make their case include the following: Medical records Employment records Letter from doctor Statements from former bosses and colleagues List of medications Hiring a great Atlanta Social Security disability attorney may greatly improve your chances of winning your case. An attorney will help you obtain medical records, identify and obtain evidence that's currently not in your medical file, evaluate your work history, and so much more. If you're planning to pursue a disability claim based on migraines, or you're currently in the process of pursuing a claim and would like to have your case evaluated by an experienced attorney, please call 800.883.7043 or fill out our online contact form to set up a free consultation with Atlanta Social Security disability attorney Louis B. Lusk.