Migraines can be debilitating, and they are not something that can be cured by taking a few aspirin and getting back to work. According to the World Health Organization, migraines are considered one of the most debilitating diseases a person can suffer from. There are an estimated 28 million workers in the United States who suffer from migraines, which impacts their ability to work. Because of their severity, migraines statistically take away 157 million workdays each year. Employees who suffer from migraines due to their job – or have migraine conditions aggravated by their job – may wonder if they qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
In order for an illness to be covered by workers’ compensation, the employee must prove that it was caused by a work-related activity. Therefore, the employee must prove that their work environment or duties caused or aggravated their migraine condition – and it must be something they can medically prove. Because physicians and researchers do not know the exact cause of migraines, and there are no documented cures, this can be difficult. This is why it is best an employee hires a workers’ compensation attorney to assist them with their claim. An attorney can help prove that the work environment or duties of the job caused or aggravated a migraine condition.
Filing for workers’ compensation for migraines is difficult, and the large majority of migraine cases are denied. However, employees still have other legal protections at their disposal, including:
There are instances where migraines can be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. To see if your case qualifies, contact the attorneys at Pothitakis Law Firm today. We can assist you with your claim and help you explore your legal options for finding relief from your work-related migraines. Call us at 888-459-7613 or fill out an online contact form.