Migraines

Massachusetts Lawyers Guiding Claimants for Social Security

Migraines and severe headaches are a regular part of life for many individuals, resulting in missed events or sick days spent attempting to recover. However, for some individuals, migraines are so intense and disabling as to prevent them from getting out of bed or completing daily tasks for prolonged periods of time. They can affect their work, social life, and family obligations. In these circumstances, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for migraines may be possible. At Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., our Social Security attorneys work with people throughout Massachusetts in evaluating the medical impact of their symptoms and determining whether an SSDI application may be appropriate.

Migraines and SSDI

Although many people may refer colloquially to a severe headache as a migraine, in reality migraines are very specific neurological disorders that include not only headache pain but also nausea, vomiting, and disabling sensitivity to external factors such as light and sounds. Severe migraines can easily last a day or more, making it impossible for a sufferer to get through daily activities.

Applying for SSDI for migraines can be difficult. Migraines are not often thought of as disabling, and occasional migraines are not likely to entitle an applicant to government benefits or support. However, if an applicant can show that he or she experiences chronic repetitive migraines that frequently result in lost work time or an inability to keep a job, it may be possible to make a successful claim.

Unlike other health issues or medical conditions, there is no explicit Blue Book listing for migraines. Thus, an individual cannot presumptively qualify for benefits by meeting a set of symptoms or medical indicators. Instead, the primary way to apply for SSDI with chronic migraines is through a residual functional capacity assessment.

Under a residual functional capacity (RFC) assessment, an individual must show that his or her chronic migraines significantly impede everyday life and make it impossible to perform any type of employment in any industry in the United States. The inquiry is not merely whether the individual could return to his or her old job, but whether any type of work is possible.

Since it is difficult to provide medical documentation or testing for migraines, it is very important for sufferers to work with their treating physicians to document the impact that chronic migraines have had on their health and daily life. Additionally, documentation of prior work history and an inability to work is also important. Finally, the SSA will likely want to know about any treatment that has been received and whether it has been successful in any way. Generally, the more medical documentation that can be provided, the better. A qualified SSDI attorney can help you in this process.

Explore Your Options with a Government Benefits Attorney in Massachusetts

If you suffer from chronic migraines that make it difficult to work, the impact of your medical condition on your job prospects and employment may be a source of tremendous stress. It is often difficult for employers to fully appreciate how disabling migraines can be. When the stress or difficulty of working becomes too much, one option that may be available is to apply for government benefits. At Kantrovitz & Associates, P.C., our SSDI lawyers can sit down with Massachusetts applicants and help them evaluate the course of action that they should pursue. From our Boston offices, we serve residents of Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth, Essex, and Suffolk Counties, as well as Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Contact us for more information at (800) 367-0871 or online.