Beth Abigale is a 46-year-old female who was awarded SSDI benefits for degenerative joint deficiencies. She worked as a program tech for a health care facility from May 2005 to April 2008. Prior to that she was a bank teller from 1993 to 2005. She was injured on the job in June 2007 by lifting a patient from a wheelchair to a bathtub. She also had rotator cuff tendinopathy and wrist neuropathy. Ms. Abigale has had no relief from her ailments with more conservative modalities of treatment. She also suffers from migraines, IBS, and obesity. Ms. Abigale also suffers from depression and dependent personality with GAF 30.
In August 2007 Ms. Abigale had a MRI of her left shoulder. She showed degenerative changes of the acromioclavicular joint and rotator cuff tendinopathy. In April 2008 she had surgery on her left shoulder, a debridement of the rotator cuff and sub acromial decompression. Beth Abigale filed an application with the Social Security Administration for disability benefits. Her initial application was denied as well as her request for reconsideration. Ms. Abigale retained the Law Office of Neil H. Good to represent her before the Social Security Administration. Attorney Good filed for a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on her behalf.
Attorney Good outlined Ms. Abigaile’s case to the ALJ. Ms. Abigaile’s on-the-job injury in August 2007 caused immediate pain to her neck and shoulder. She was found to have left rotator cuff tendinopathy. In spite of her surgery in April 2008 on her left shoulder, Ms. Abigale continues to have neck and shoulder pain and limited use of her left arm. She can not write, lift, or reach. Ms. Abigale has a painful knee with popping and clicking. A July 2009 x-ray of her left knee showed lateral retro patellar chondromalacia. As a result she has difficulty ambulating, sitting, or standing for any period of time.
Ms. Abigaile also suffers from migraines, IBS, obesity, and GERD. In addition to her physical disabilities, Ms. Abigale suffers from depressive syndrome and has medically documented persistence of anhedonia, appetite disturbance with change in weight, sleep disturbance, sychomotor agitation or retardation, decreased energy, and feelings of guilt or worthlessness. This causes marked restriction of activities of daily living and social functioning.
Ms. Abigaile’s physical disabilities and mental impairments not only made work unrealistic for her, they made basic life functions such as such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping, as well as recreational activities impractical.
The Social Security Administration awarded Beth Abigale Social Security benefits. They ruled that Ms Abigale 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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