Joseph Rodriguez is a 58-year-old college teacher who was awarded SSDI due to his vision and psychological impairments. He worked as a college teacher from 1988 to 2006. He has Type II Diabetes Mellitus, background diabetic retinopathy, loss of vision in his left eye, hypertension, and depression with anxiety.
In late September 2008, Mr. Rodriguez was diagnosed with left total retinal detachment. His vision problems led him to have cataract surgery for his left eye in September 2008.
Mr. Rodriguez retained the Law Office of Neil H. Good to represent him before the Social Security Administration to obtain disability benefits. The initial application for disability benefits was denied as well as the request for reconsideration. Attorney Good filed for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on behalf of Joseph Rodriguez.
Attorney Good outlined Mr. Rodriguez’s impairments and disabilities to the ALJ. He suffers from Type II Diabetes Mellitus with background diabetic retinopathy, blurry vision, and floaters. He also has congenital glaucoma. As a result of this condition Mr. Rodriguez had to have cataract surgery for his left eye in July 2008. By September 2008 Mr. Rodriguez was diagnosed with left total retinal detachment and a left total funnel detachment. Mr. Rodriguez does not have any light perception in the left eye and he has a cataract in his right eye.
Mr. Rodriguez has hypertension which requires him to be monitored and requires him to take medication to help mitigate his condition. He also suffers from heart palpitations. Mr. Rodriguez suffers from depressive syndrome. He has medically documented persistence of appetite disturbance with change in weight, sleep disturbance, decreased energy, and feelings of guilt or worthlessness. This results in marked restriction of activities of daily living and social functioning. He also has difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence or pace. Mr. Rodriguez’s physical disabilities in tandem with his mental impairments not only made any vocational pursuits impracticable for Joseph Rodriguez, they make daily activities and social functions unrealistic.
The Social Security Administration awarded Joseph Rodriguez Social Security benefits. They ruled that Mr. Rodriguez was not able to perform his past relevant work. A combination of his physical and mental disabilities impeded his 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.