Social Security Disability for Headaches in New Orleans, LA
Ease Your Financial Strain
Your migraines are intense and frequent. You never know when one is going to hit. It makes it impossible to hold down a job.
Maybe your headaches have an unknown cause. Or maybe you suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) that leaves you prone to debilitating headaches.
If you can’t work, you’re also facing another kind of pain—financial pain.
Not being able to bring home a paycheck is scary. But there is hope—and it comes in the form of Social Security Disability (SSD) checks from the United States government.
Disability benefits can help you get through one of the most difficult times in your life.
Gary Sells, disability benefits advocate, can help you with the long and involved process of applying for benefits.
Gary and his team have helped thousands of people in Gretna, New Orleans, Metairie, Marrero, Houma, or anywhere across the New Orleans area.
Social Security Disability is all we do.
How Social Security Disability Views Severe Headaches
Even though migraines can leave you in bed unable to do anything, unfortunately, Social Security’s listing of qualifying medical impairments doesn’t have criteria for chronic headaches.
That doesn’t mean you can’t qualify for disability income with headaches. It means you have to build a claim tailor-made for the particular symptoms you experience that prevent you from working.
Your symptoms could include:
- Frequent, unpredictable attacks of headaches
- Extreme sensitivity to light
- Sensitivity to sound
- Visual disturbances, such as auras, tunnel vision or blind spots
The Social Security Administration will look at your headaches and take a measurement of how much activity you are capable or incapable of handling—called your Residual Functional Capacity (RFC).
Whether your medical problems match Social Security’s Listing of Impairments or not, you’ll need to prove that you meet these three disability qualifications:
- You’re unable to do the work you used to do.
- You can’t transfer to a new line of work.
- Your condition is expected to last at least one year.
It doesn’t cost you anything to get an evaluation of your specific situation from Gary Sells.
How Social Security Disability Views Traumatic Brain Injury
If your debilitating headaches are related to a TBI, Social Security gives you another path to qualify for benefits. It recognizes traumatic brain injuries as official medical impairments.
According to the Listing of Impairments, to win disability benefits with a traumatic brain injury, you must prove:
- Your brain is damaged due to a skull fracture, a closed head injury or penetration with an object that made contact with brain tissue.
- You have a significant cognitive decline from your prior level of functioning in the following areas:
- Complex attention
- Executive function
- Learning and memory
- Language skills
- Perceptual-motor skills
- Social cognition
- Social Security will also evaluate your daily functioning in the following areas:
- Understanding, remembering and applying information
- Interacting with others
- Concentrating, persisting or maintaining pace
- Adapting or managing oneself
How to Prove You Deserve Social Security Disability for Headaches
This is what you must do to win disability income with headaches or head injuries:
- Fill out the lengthy disability application, which requires a lot of work and time.
- Compile your medical exam, prescription and treatment records.
- Gather testimony from your employer, coworkers, friends, family members and neighbors about how your migraines have affected you.
- Provide detailed information about your work, salary and education history.
No amount of rest or pills is going to reduce the financial strain you have when chronic headaches from migraines or a TBI make it impossible for you to work.
But disability checks from the SSA, as well as Medicare eligibility, can help you make ends meet while you focus on feeling better.
Social Security denies most people who apply for benefits, so work with an advocate who knows how the system works and how to provide the best chance of winning.
Gary Sells and his team of disability advocates listen to you and take time to understand how headaches are impacting your life. Let us help you.