Chris filed a claim for SSDI on June 29, 2013.
Chris’s claim was initially denied on September 13, 2013, and then denied for a second time on January 18, 2014. Chris appeared at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Spokane, Washington on May 14, 2015. Chris was represented by John Chihak. A medical expert appeared and testified at the hearing.
In preparation for Chris’s hearing, Chihak & Associates obtained medical evidence from the Rockwood Riverfront Clinic in Spokane, the Deaconess Medical Center in Spokane, Spokane Valley Hospital, and Spokane Cardiology.
During the hearing, Chris testified that in 2011 he stopped working as an Accounts Receivable representative because he began to develop severe fatigue and pain in both his legs and hands. Chris stated that he immediately began seeking medical treatment and was diagnosed with diabetes, coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, and peripheral neuropathy. Chris reported at the hearing that his heart condition, diabetes, and crippling peripheral neuropathy cause constant fatigue and pain on a daily basis, which prevents him from helping his wife or playing with his children.
A medical expert appeared via telephone at the hearing. The medical expert testified that the record showed that Chris had severe heart problems, and peripheral neuropathy related to his diabetes. The medical expert stated that the combination of Chris’s heart disease and diabetic neuropathy would create severe physical limitations that would affect Chris’s ability to sustain a job. The medical expert based his testimony off the records obtained by Chihak & Associates.
Given the testimony of the medical expert and the records obtained by Chihak & Associates, the Administrative Law Judge concluded that given Chris’s limitations there were no jobs that existed in the national economy that Chris could perform. Chris’s claim was approved.