If you have a condition such as migraine headaches, vertigo, or chronic pain, a condition that cannot be captured by “objective diagnostic measures” such as X-rays, MRIs, PET scans, etc., you still need evidence to prove to the insurer that you are disabled.
While letters from your physician describing your symptoms, their impact on your ability to function at work, and the underlying case are helpful as are the office notes from your doctor, we find that daily logs are very helpful. Logs, kept over a period of weeks or months, paint an ongoing picture of the number of times you are suffering from your disabling condition.
In the log, you must be sure to mark down the date, the type of symptom you are experiencing, e,g, – a migraine headache – the quality of the pain, the strength of the pain, and the duration of the pain. Over the course of several months, these logs can really help support a disability claim when they show a person is suffering from 3 or 4 migraines per week and the headaches are lasting for hours or days at a time. These logs are quite compelling when they complement the medical records.
Logs work very well in vertigo cases and chronic pain cases, too, allowing sufferers to chart each occurrence, the severity and the duration.
At Kantor & Kantor, we can help you begin to keep logs if you have not already done so and if you have already started, we can help you incorporate them into a solid body of evidence in support of your claim.
For more information about the disability insurance benefits and appeals process, please contact one of our attorneys for a free consultation at 877 783 8686 or use our online contact form.