Cynthia was found disabled based on her severe seronegative rheumatoid arthritis on August of 2013.

Cynthia filed a claim for SSDI on September, 23 2013, which was initially denied in February of 2014. Cynthia was denied again at reconsideration in July of 2014. Cynthia appealed her denial and appeared at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Spokane, Washington in October of 2015. Cynthia was represented by John Chihak. A medical expert appeared and testified at the hearing. A vocational expert also appeared and testified at the hearing.

In preparation for Cynthia’s hearing, Chihak & Associates obtained medical evidence from the Lewis and Clark Health Center in Lewiston Idaho.

At the hearing, Cynthia testified that she worked as a hair stylist and owned her own business for over fifteen years before developing severe seronegative rheumatoid arthritis that forced her to stop working in 2011. Cynthia testified that her conditions caused severe pain and problems with the use of legs and arms. Cynthia stated that she struggles getting up in the morning and completing normal chores and tasks that most people take for granted.

The medical expert testified that the record shows that Cynthia has had extensive treatment for her seronegative rheumatoid arthritis. The medical expert stated that Cynthia had been followed closely by her doctors and that the combination of her seronegative rheumatoid arthritis would cause her severe physical limitations that would interfere with her ability to sustain a 40-hour a week job. The medical expert stated that he formed his opinion from the medical records obtained by Chihak & Associates.
Additionally, the vocational expert testified that Cynthia’s severe physical limitations would not allow her to perform any occupation in the national economy. Given the testimony of the medical and vocational experts, the Administrative Law Judge concluded that there were no jobs that existed in the national economy that Cynthia could perform. Cynthia’s claim was approved.