Social Security Disability Benefits for Migraine Sufferers
A migraine headache is an extremely painful and highly debilitating condition that affects millions of Americans. According to the Mayo Clinic, a migraine headache “can cause intense throbbing or pulsing in one area of the head and is commonly accompanied by nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.” Migraine headaches are often chronic, meaning they tend to reoccur, and sufferers may experience warning symptoms such as flashes of light, blind spots or a tingling sensation in the extremities.
While medication and lifestyle changes can help migraine sufferers reduce the frequency of occurrence and limit the severity of the symptoms, treatment is not successful for everyone. In some cases, reoccurring migraine headaches may even prevent individuals from fulfilling the responsibilities of a full-time job. If chronic migraine headaches have kept you from performing full-time work for 12 consecutive months, you may be entitled to receive Social Security benefits for migraines. A Social Security attorney may be able to assist you in the process.
Lisa M. Ritacco: A Social Security Disability Attorney in Philadelphia, PA
Many residents of the Philadelphia area, including those in nearby Media, PA, have turned to Lisa M. Ritacco when they needed a competent and caring Social Security disability attorney. A migraine sufferer herself, Attorney Ritacco is uniquely qualified to handle all types of SSD and SSI claim issues, including those involving migraine headaches. With a practice dedicated solely to Social Security disability law, she is a Social Security attorney who provides aggressive representation for disability claimants in Media, PA, and throughout the suburban Philadelphia region.
How Disability Attorneys Can Help You
A disability attorney can help you produce the evidence you need to successfully obtain Social Security benefits for migraines, including medical and employment records, statements from co-workers or supervisors, and lists of medications you are taking to combat your symptoms. Lisa M. Ritacco can help you to identify and obtain any crucial evidence that might not be included in your medical file. Due to the recurring nature of migraine headaches it can be crucial to maintain a headache diary to document the frequency, duration, and severity of your migraines.
Other key ways a Social Security disability attorney like Lisa M. Ritacco can help you include:
- Analyzing your case in relation to Social Security regulations
- Reviewing your file to ensure the Social Security Administration has the correct onset date for your condition
- Requesting the reopening of a prior application for benefits, if applicable
- Reviewing your earnings record to verify the SSA has the proper information
- Writing legal briefs in support of your case
- Preparing and filing your appeal for denial of benefits in a timely manner
- Preparing you to testify at an appeal hearing
Denied Disability for Migraines?
It is not uncommon for people to be denied disability for migraines, even when the pain is severe and debilitating. If you have been denied benefits, you’ll want to take a look at why your benefits have been denied. Go over your application again. Did you make mistakes? Did you fail to list every time you have been hospitalized for treatment for migraine headaches? Have you submitted all medical documentation of treatments and severity?
In many cases, additional documentation is needed in order to prove your eligibility. If you can provide tests that eliminate the possibility other conditions could be causing your headaches or if you can provide doctors’ notes about the severity and frequency of migraines, this can be useful. Similarly, if you can provide proof of hospitalization for treatment, this can help establish the severity and significance of your migraines.
Even if you have been denied benefits, you have the right to an appeal. Always start planning your appeal by considering why you have been denied benefits. If you’re not sure why you have been denied benefits or if you’re not certain how to properly prove your eligibility, contact Lisa M. Ritacco for assistance in building the strongest appeal possible. Lisa M. Ritacco focuses exclusively on Social Security and workers’ compensation cases, so she and her team understand what it takes to definitively prove disability eligibility.
Proving Eligibility for Migraine Disability Benefits
Proving migraine disability eligibility hinges around two things:
- You must be able to prove your migraines are severe and frequent enough to significantly impact your job
- You must be able to prove you have tried a number of treatments to get your condition under control
The occasional migraine will not prevent anyone from performing their job duties, and it is unlikely the Social Security Administration will offer benefits for occasional migraine sufferers. In order to qualify for benefits, you must prove your migraines are a significant disability. It can be helpful to show frequent hospitalization for migraine pain, for example.
It can be helpful to work with a doctor who sees you regularly and has prescribed a number of treatments for migraine headaches. Showing frequent medical treatment establishes your headaches are significant and severe enough to warrant medical attention. Showing you have tried a number of options shows you’re serious about getting treatment and helps establish your migraines are severe enough to warrant medical intervention. Always follow doctors’ directions and treatment options thoroughly and give each option a chance to work.
Many migraine sufferers try multiple treatments for their migraines. Unfortunately, many treatments end up being inefficient or create significant side effects. If this is the case for you, always keep a list of the doctors you’ve seen, medications or treatments you tried and the results.
Proving migraine disability can be a challenge because migraine pain is often self-reported. Tests will not necessarily show the severity of the migraine pain or how debilitating it can be. If you require more assistance in proving your disability benefits eligibility, contact Lisa M. Ritacco.
The Importance of Effective Appeal Representation by a Social Security Attorney
As the majority of Social Security benefits for migraines and all other types of disabilities are gained via appealing the denial of the initial application, effective representation is crucial during this phase. Attorney Ritacco has extensive experience in appeal hearings and helping her clients receive the benefits they deserve.
Prompt Action Is the Key to Success
The best way to enhance your chance of successfully navigating the appeal process is to contact a Social Security disability attorney like Lisa M. Ritacco as soon as possible. Under the law, all appeals must be filed within 60 days of receipt of your denial letter. Prompt action also ensures your Social Security attorney will have ample time to prepare a successful appeal strategy.
Contact Attorney Ritacco for a No-Obligation Consultation
Attempting to obtain Social Security benefits for migraines on your own often leads to frustration and failure. To improve your odds of receiving the benefits you deserve in Media and anywhere else in the Philadelphia, PA region, contact Lisa M. Ritacco for a no-obligation initial consultation. You won’t owe any legal fees unless your claim for benefits is approved, and attorney fees are limited to the lesser of 25 percent of the past-due benefits owed on your claim or $6,000.
For more information on Migraines visit The National Migraine Association.