Bridget Johnson is a 63-year-old female who was awarded SSDI benefits due to cancer. She worked as a travel advisor and travel consultant for various travel agencies from 1991 to 2004. Ms. Johnson was diagnosed with cancer and also suffered from carotid artery stenosis with vertigo, adrenal adenoma, carpal tunnel syndrome, cervical stenosis, lumbar degenerative joint disease, fibromyalgia, headaches, hypertension, and depression.
In August 2004, Ms. Johnson had a tumor removed. There were complications from her surgery and she got an infection from it. As a result she got lymphedema of the right arm which caused right hand pain and numbness, and upper arm edema. Ms. Johnson has decreased strength in her right hand, and difficulty reaching and lifting.
Bridget Johnson filed an application with the Social Security Administration to obtain disability benefits. However, her initial application was denied. Ms. Johnson retained the Law Office of Neil H. Good to represent her before the Social Security Administration to obtain disability benefits. Attorney Good filed a request for reconsideration. However, the request for reconsideration was denied.
Attorney Good filed for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on Ms. Johnson’s behalf. Attorney Good outlined Ms. Johnson’s case to the ALJ. Ms. Johnson’s August 2004 surgery to remove a tumor had complications. She got lymphedema of the right arm which caused right hand pain, numbness, and decreased strength. As a result, Ms. Johnson has difficulty reaching and lifting.
Ms. Johnson’s diagnostic testing showed that she suffered from carotid stenosis which causes vertigo and places her at an increased risk for stroke. She also suffers disorders of the spine and degenerative joint disease. As a result she has back pain, loss of range of motion, and difficulty ambulating. In addition to Ms. Johnson’s physical disabilities she suffers from depressive syndrome. She has medically documented instances of anhedonia, sleep disturbance, decreased energy, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, and difficulty concentrating or thinking. This causes severe restrictions in activities of daily living, maintaining social functioning, concentration, persistence or pace.
The physical disabilities and mental impairments not only made work unrealistic for Ms. Johnson, they made basic life functions such as such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, and recreational activities impractical. The Social Security Administration awarded her Social Security benefits. They ruled that Ms. Johnson was not able to perform her past relevant work. A combination of her physical and mental disabilities impeded her ability to do all work.
If you are suffering from similar medical conditions or have a disability/impairment that has rendered you unable to work, contact Neil H. Good online or call toll-free #800-419-7606 to schedule your free case evaluation to discuss your specific health condition and your SSDI eligibility.