Success With Disability Claims for Migraine Associated Vertigo

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Migraines cause a wide range of symptoms, including vertigo, which presents as a spinning sensation alongside balance issues.
Migraine associated vertigo generally responds to traditional migraine treatment, but such treatment cannot always prevent migraines from coming on.
Attacks are often debilitating, and you cannot do much else but stay still in a quiet and dark place while you wait for medication to help. This makes work challenging, and it might qualify you for disability benefits.

Success in Long-Term Disability Claims Involving Migraine Associated Vertigo

Bartolic Law has helped many clients suffering from Migraine Associated Vertigo get long-term disability benefits paid by insurance companies. Often the clients’ symptoms begin as dizziness and they explore treatment with an ENT or neurologist. Many of our clients have then progressed to treatment with one of the handfuls of cross-specialty otoneurologic practices, and get diagnosed with Migraine Associated Vertigo. In one client’s case, the insurer repeatedly disclaimed any “objective” evidence of the client’s symptoms and wrote them all off as subjective and self-reported. Working closely with the client’s otoneurologist, we demonstrated test results showing objective signs of the symptoms.

We also obtained neuropsychological testing to show the specific effects of the symptoms on the client’s cognitive performance. By combining objective findings of the symptoms with objective measures of the limitations, we successfully took the client’s case out of a dispute over subjectively reported symptoms, and into a review of objective criteria. With much effort and perseverance, we recovered for the client, helping the client focus on treatment and the client’s health.

Migraines can cause debilitating symptoms for many sufferers, including migraine-associated vertigo, which is also called a vestibular migraine. Vertigo can result in feeling off-balance, dizziness, or like the world is spinning around you, and these sensations can make it difficult to conduct everyday activities. Vertigo can come before or during a migraine, and some people experience vertigo without head pain. Some people have migraine-associated vertigo for a few minutes, hours, or even days. Some vertigo cases are triggered by certain movements, such as changing your position from sitting to standing, but other people can have vertigo without any trigger. Something as simple as trying to focus on something can be enough to cause a vertigo attack. This effect can be in addition to other migraine symptoms, such as headache or light and sound sensitivity.

Several tests are done to diagnose vertigo. A computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) is an assessment technique designed to objectively quantify and differentiate among the wide variety of possible sensory, motor, and central adaptive impairments to balance control as well as assist in the identification of pathological mechanisms of balance disorder. A vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMPs) test assesses the function of the saccule and the inferior divisions of the vestibular nerve, as well as their connections through the medulla. Along with other tests, this can help quantify things insurers call self-reported in disability insurance cases.


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