Kathy Preston is a 41-year-old female who has a high school education and two years of college. She worked from December 2007 to June 2010 and from April 2003 to April 2005 as an IT specialist, and from 1998 to April 2003 as an IT specialist for a healthcare company. Ms. Preston also worked from September 1996 to April 1998 as a mortgage loan assistant and from 1993 to 1996 as a bank assistant.
Ms. Preston is afflicted with Sickle Cell Anemia/Thalassemia crises with fatigue, shortness of breath, chest pain, anemia, pulmonary embolus, avascular necrosis of the left shoulder and left hip. She also has mental disabilities.
Kathy Preston filed an application with the Social Security Administration (SSA) to obtain disability benefits. Her initial application was denied, as well as her request for reconsideration. Ms. Preston retained the Law Office of Neil H. Good to represent her before the SSA. Attorney Good filed a request for hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on Ms. Preston’s behalf.
Attorney Good outlined Ms. Preston‘s case to the ALJ. She suffers from sickle cell anemia and Thalassemia. As a result, she has recurrent chest pains, shortness of breath, upper and lower quadrant pain, fatigue, and bone involvement. This affliction causes her severe impediment to perform all work. Ms. Preston also suffers from dysfunction of her lower extremities. An April 2012 MRI of her left hip showed abnormal marrow signal throughout the visualized portions of the proximal femurs and bony pelvis. A September 2009 x-ray of her knees showed right knee slight narrowing of the medial joint compartment, and left knee mild spurring of the tibial spines. This causes severe pain in her lower extremities. Attorney Good further outlined to the ALJ that Ms. Preston has dysfunction of upper extremities.
Kathy Preston has a reduced range of motion with 45/150 flexion, 30/150 abduction, and marked limited range of motion of the left shoulder. She can not lift, reach, or grasp. In addition to her physical disabilities, Ms. Preston has mental disabilities. This results in marked restriction of activities of daily living, social functioning and difficulties in maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace. These disabilities not only made work unrealistic for Ms. Preston, they made basic life functions such as such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping, as well as recreational activities impracticable.
The Social Security Administration awarded Kathy Preston Social Security benefits. They ruled that Ms. Preston was not able to perform her past relevant work. A combination of her physical and mental disabilities impeded her ability to do all work.
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