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Workers’ compensation, migraines and you

Migraine sufferers understand that this particular kind of headache can be uniquely debilitating. While other kinds of headaches can be painful, annoying or frustrating, migraines can stop patients in their tracks. Some individuals must take narcotics to help with the pain, while others must simply close the blinds, lie down and wait for the pain to subside. Migraines can last for hours upon hours. It is therefore not surprising that migraine sufferers may be compelled to skip work frequently or forego employment at all, depending on the frequency and severity of their headaches.

If you are a migraine sufferer, you may be wondering if you can receive workers’ compensation benefits in regards to your physical condition. First, understand that every case is different. Therefore, if you have questions about benefits it may be a good idea to speak with an attorney about your particular situation.

Second, it is important to understand that workers’ compensation benefits are generally granted only for injuries, illnesses and medical conditions caused by work-related challenges. If your migraines began after you were exposed to toxic chemicals or other substances at your job site, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits based on your situation.

Finally, please note that if your migraines are inhibiting your ability to work but your workplace conditions likely have not caused your migraines, you may qualify for other benefits. For example, if your migraines have rendered you unable to work, you may be able to obtain Social Security Disability benefits. Please consider speaking with an attorney if you have specific questions about your circumstances and legal options in particular.

Source: Findlaw Injured, “Can I Get Workers' Comp for Migraines?” Le Trinh, June 1, 2015

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