As of April 2010, Deborah was found disabled based on her severe degenerative disc disease, fracture of her left wrist, depression, and her sever Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) Syndrome.
Deborah had filed a claim for SSDI benefits on September, 2012, which was initially denied on January of 2013. Deborah appealed and was denied at reconsideration on April, 2013. Deborah appeared at a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge in Spokane, Washington in February of 2015. Deborah was represented by John Chihak. A medical expert appeared and testified at the hearing. A vocational expert also appeared at the hearing but did not testify.
In preparation for Deborah’s hearing, Chihak & Associates obtained medical evidence from the Deaconess Medical Center, the CHAS clinic, and Valley Physical Therapy of Spokane.
At the hearing, Deborah testified that she worked as a housecleaner and owned her own business for over ten years before developing severe degenerative disc and RSD that forced her to stop working in 2010. Deborah testified that her conditions caused severe pain and problems with focus and concentration. Deborah stated at the hearing that she struggles getting up in the morning and completing normal day-to-day activities that most people take for granted.
The medical expert at the hearing testified that the record shows that Deborah has had extensive treatment for her degenerative disc disease and her RSD. The medical expert testified that Deborah had been followed closely by her doctors and that the combination of her degenerative disc disease and RSD would cause severe fatigue and pain that would interfere with her ability to sustain a 40-hour a week job. The medical expert also concluded that Deborah’s chronic degenerative disc disease was severe enough to meet Social Security’s criteria for disability.
The administrative Law Judge found that the medical expert’s testimony, based on his review of the records obtained by Chihak & Associates, was sufficient and Deborah’s claim for SSDI was approved.