Attorneys representing claimants seeking Social Security Disability (“SSD”) benefits frequently will attack an administrative law judge (“ALJ”) for failing to credit the claimant’s subjective complaints. Attorneys need to listen their clients as well.
We represent a 55 year old claims adjuster from Franklin Square, who asked us to seek SSD benefits due to mental impairments. When preparing the claimant for his hearing, he complained about neck and hand pain. We immediately advised him to see a neurologist, who performed EMG testing, which yielded abnormal results.
The ALJ disregarded the claimant’s physical impairments when denying the case. Shortly thereafter, in light of the abnormal EMG, the neurologist sent the claimant for an MRI of his cervical spine. The MRI revealed shockingly severe findings.
When appealing the ALJ’s decision, we submitted the MRI. The Appeals Council remanded the case to the ALJ in near record time. The same ALJ approved the claimant’s SSD application today based primarily on the physical impairments.
Our client, who suffers from extreme anxiety, was so grateful to us for being successful in getting his claim approved. We are glad we were able to relieve one burden from his shoulders. Please call our office if you are looking for an experienced disability attorney to help you apply for Social Security Disability benefits. We have offices located on Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and offer a free phone consultation.
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