Migraines and Long Term Disability Claims

Migraines and Long Term Disability Claims

What is a Migraine?

A migraine is a type of headache disorder. Migraines often effect people aged 35-45 and is very common in women due to hormonal changes. It can be recurrent and lifelong. They can be moderate to severe and last from a few hours to a few days. 

Migraines are sometimes coupled with aura, meaning they may also suffer from nervous system issues such as vision, movement or speech disturbances.

What Can Cause a Migraine?

  • Diet
  • Caffeine
  • Change in sleep patterns
  • Change in weather
  • Stress
  • Hormone changes.
  • Medications
  • Alcohol
  • Physical exertion

How do you Treat Migraines?

Migraines can be treated in a variety of different ways including medications. Others benefit from botox injections to help deal with migraine attacks. It is also important to avoid migraine triggers which include televisions, cell phones, computer screens etc. Doctors often recommend keeping a headache journal to track what you do and when you feel better.

Migraines and Headache Disorders

Migraines are the 6th leading cause of disability in 2013. Headache disorders are collectively the 3rd highest cause of disability according to the Global Burden of Disease Study.

Those who suffer from migraines know how debilitating they can be. It can stop you from working a sedentary or physical job. Migraines interfere with one’s ability to focus and can be aggravated by light and sound. 

What to do in Case of a Migraine?

If you have ongoing migraines that are stopping you from working then you should consider making a claim for long term disability benefits. You can get the application from your employer. Fill this out and get an attending physican’s statement supporting your application for long term disability benefits. It is important that you seek treatment for your migraines. The treatment will substantiate your condition and your inability to work. 

Hopefully you provide plenty of medical documentation to support your claim and you are approved. If not you will have two options: appeal internally or through a lawsuit. If you decide to appeal internally you will have to provide additional supporting documentation to substantiate your claim to receive long term disability benefits. If you do not feel like there is anything else you can add but that you qualify for long term disability benefits based on your condition then it may be in your best interest to consult with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options for a lawsuit.

Hiring a Long Term Disability Lawyer

The cost of hiring a lawyer may concern you. There is no need for concern with regard to this. Most personal injury lawyers will represent you on a contingency basis. This means that you do not have to pay anything unless money is going into your pocket. This makes it less risky for you to hire a lawyer and fight the insurance company’s decision to deny you long term disability benefits.