This week my client had a hearing before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge on her claim for Disability Benefits and SSI. We have been working on this woman’s claim for almost two years. We presented literally hundreds of pages of medical records. This woman had a serious heart problem which resulted in a coronary bypass graft of four coronary arteries a little over a year ago. Her heart disease has progressed so rapidly that there are now blockages in all four of her bypasses. Still, the Social Security Administration denied benefits to her last October. On September 24th, we finally got to present her claim to a real live adminstrative law judge. We are thankful that the adminstrative law judge (ALJ) listened to her testimony and throughly considered the medical records. The ALJ announced mid-way through the hearing that he was going to find my client disabled back to 2009. I didn’t have to ask a single question.
It can be very frustrating to represent Disability clients who are denied again and again. However, to receive a decision that a disabled client will receive Social Security Disability benefits makes it all worthwhile.