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Migraines and Filing for Disability in Ohio

When it comes to filing for disability in Ohio, there may be a variety of reasons that you are doing so. If you plan on filing for disability in Ohio, then it is recommended that you contact a disability attorney to help you through the process. Not all disabilities are as easy to qualify for and the process could be lengthy. If you suffer from chronic migraines, then you may want to plan on filing for disability in Ohio. Proving this sort of claim is not easy, however having a well-documented medical history of dealing with migraines will help to prove your medical condition.

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Migraines

By definition, a migraine is a neurological condition that is accompanied by symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting or even visual disturbances. Before the migraine sets in, you may first experience the visual disturbances anywhere from a few minutes to hours beforehand. Those who suffer from migraines also suffer from debilitating pain when they have a migraine. Often, the person suffering from the migraine will need to stay in a dark, quiet room until it passes. In most cases, a migraine will be diagnosed by your medical provider based on the symptoms you describe as well as your past medical history. In order to prove that you are suffering from migraines, your doctor may recommend keeping a journal of your symptoms. This journal will also strengthen your case if you are filing for disability in Ohio. Your journal may include information such as:

what date you experienced the migraine
how long the migraine lasted
how intense the pain from it was
if you had any visual disturbances and a description if you did
any symptoms you experienced before the onset of the migraine
what may have triggered it
how it was treated, ie: medication
how you felt after the treatment

When it comes to treating a migraine, your doctor can prescribe different medications for your relief. What the doctor prescribes will depend on how frequently you get migraines and how intense they are.
Migraines in the Social Security Listing of Impairments

If you plan on filing for disability in Ohio, be aware that the Social Security Administration (SSA) has a blue book of the Listing of Impairments that your condition will be compared to. There are hundreds of medical conditions that are listed that are automatically approved for disability benefits. Migraines are not one of the conditions listed. However, if your symptoms from the migraine equal the symptoms of another condition, then you may qualify for disability benefits.

If Your Condition Does Not Meet or Equal a Listing

If your migraine condition does not meet or equal a listing in the blue book, it is possible that you could still be approved for benefits through a “medical-vocational allowance.” In this case, the SSA will take several factors into consideration including your age, education level, employment history, and your Residual Functional Capacity. Your doctor will be able to fill out a Residual Functional Capacity form for you to present to the SSA for your case. The more written proof you have, the stronger your case will be.

What Happens If My Benefits Are Denied

If you receive confirmation that the SSA has denied your disability claim, then you will be able to file an appeal for your case within a 60-day time limit. It is important that you be sure to file your appeal within those 60 days or you will have to reapply for your disability benefits and you will lose any back benefit pay entitled to you. The letter that you receive from the SSA denying your benefits will also give you instructions on how to file for your appeal. The first appeal you will file is a reconsideration. If your reconsideration appeal is denied, the next step is to file for a hearing within 60 days. There are three ways that you will be able to file for your appeal:

You can call your SSA office to file.

You can make a trip to your local SSA office to file in person. Be sure to bring all documents from the SSA with you.

You can go to their website to file. Print your confirmation page to prove you filed with the 60 days.

Contact Our Ohio Disability Lawyer

When filing for disability in Ohio, you will want an experienced professional by your side. Call Roose & Ressler for your consultation today at (800) 448-4211. Roose & Ressler have the disability attorneys that will help you get the best possible outcome in your case when you are filing for disability in Ohio.

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