“Ultimately, and notwithstanding the Commissioner's arguments to the contrary, the ALJ did not provide an explanation of the term “non-production pace, ” and the Court cannot meaningfully review the ALJ's decision. Therefore, the Court is unable to conclude the RFC's findings are supported by substantial evidence.” Glenn v. Kijakazi, 5:20-CV-143-FDW (W.D.N.C. Aug. 12, 2021)
"Indeed, absent is any function-by-function analysis where the ALJ explains how she reconciled the different limitations in formulating the RFC. Without such explanation, the court is left to guess as to the ALJ’s reasoning in determining the RFC and, ultimately, finding the plaintiff not disabled." Sexton v. Kijakazi , 6:20-CV-3608-TMC (D.S.C. Jul. 28, 2021)
A 54 year old with congestive heart failure and obstructive sleep apnea was awarded benefits after a brief hearing. The claimant's ejection fraction was severely reduced, he experienced dizziness, shortness of breath and chest pain. The ALJ awarded his case after hearing our opening statement.
A 37 year old individual who has intractable seizures was awarded benefits. The claimant suffered from 4-6 seizures per month despite taking prescribed medications. We encouraged the claimant to keep a seizure log. That seizure log was vital evidence that convinced the ALJ of the frequency of the seizure activity.
A 39 year old secretary with migraines and rheumatoid arthritis. We obtained a medical source statement from the treating physician. We were able to convince the ALJ to reject the state doctors opinions. The ALJ awarded benefits back to March 2017.
A 63 year old claimant with very skilled past work was awarded benefits due to degenerative disc disease and carpal tunnel syndrome. We were able to convince the Judge that the carpal tunnel syndrome eroded her skills and limited her use of hands to get 3 years worth of disability benefits.
44 years old who has effectively gone blind. Vision cases are some of the most difficult for Judges to understand. We were able to prove that the claimant was effectively blind due to her optic neuropathy and double vision.
A 63 year old court officer was awarded benefits for migraines and diabetes mellitus. We proved that the migraines were causing this well educated claimant to suffer from severe cognitive decline. This decline prevented the claimant from transferring her skills to other work.
A 50 year old Army veteran with 100% service connection suffering from ventricular tachycardia, cubital tunnel syndrome, anxiety, and PTSD. After getting source statements from several treatment providers we were able to convince the ALJ to award his Social Security disability case.
A 53 year old nurse suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. After a long and successful career my client was diagnosed with MS. Her case was assigned to a low paying judge. I was able to convince the ALJ that she could no longer perform any work on a regular basis due to her MS symptoms.
A 26 year old woman involved in a serious motor vehicle accident suffered fractures to her hips, legs, knees, and ankles and PTSD. She was awarded disability benefits without even having to go to a hearing.
A 46 year old Program Manager and Secretary with Diabetes Type II with Neuropathy and Depression. Despite numerous medications and proper diet she was unable to continue working. The ALJ awarded her over $20,000 in past due disability benefits.
A 58 year old with Diabetes, Diabetic Neuropathy, Depression, and Arthritis was awarded after we proved that he no longer had the ability to perform his past work. The ALJ awarded him over $16,000 in past due disability benefits.
A 42 year old man who worked as a driver and warehouse worker was diagnosed with Huntington's and a movement disorder. This very rare disorder interfered with his ability to perform fine motor skills. It also caused uncontrollable movements and imbalance with his lower extremities. The ALJ awarded him disability benefits.
A 52 year old former truck driver with a traumatic knee injury, degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine and a head injury was awarded benefits. The ALJ was convinced the he could not be a truck driver anymore and awarded over $27,000 in past due disability benefits to him.
A 32 year old woman with chronic uncontrolled migraines was awarded disability benefits. I encouraged her to maintain a regular migraine log to show the frequency of her migraines. This evidence provided valuable information to the ALJ who was able to award her Social Security disability benefits.
23 year old man with asthma, respiratory failure and pulmonary heart disease was awarded 4 years of benefits. Despite his young my client had serious difficulty breathing. He tried to work but was heavily accommodated when he did. I was able to get his claim paid under SSDI instead of SSI. This guaranteed he would get Medicare and over $14,000 in disability benefits.
A 42 year old woman with degenerative disc disease of the lumbar and cervical spine, cervical radiculopathy, and depression. Due to her limited use of her bilateral upper extremities I was able to convince the ALJ she could not do her old job or any other work. She was awarded over $16,000 in disability benefits.
A 57 year old woman former financial analyst who developed severe lumbar radiculopathy and carpal tunnel syndrome. Due to her limited ability to sit and use her hands she was awarded over $17,000 in disability benefits.
A 38 year old sales associate was suffered from chronic liver disease and encephalopathy who developed depression. Her Long Term Disability company stopped her benefits but we were able to convince the ALJ to award her 2 years of past due disability benefits.
A 38 year old man with Diabetes, Diabetic neuropathy, Cyclic vomiting syndrome, and corneal erosion was awarded 2 years of benefits. I was able to convince the ALJ that due to these impairments he could not work on a regular and continuing basis. He was awarded past due disability benefits.
A 59 year old woman suffering from degenerative disc disease of the cervical and lumbar spine, left ankle tendon tear, depression and anxiety. After being denied at the initial hearing the Appeals Council remanded her claim because the ALJ failed to consider the treating doctor opinion. The ALJ awarded her case all the way back to 2013. She was awarded over $60,000 in past due disability benefits..
A 52 year old man with degenerative joint disease of the shoulder, carpal tunnel, hypertension, and cardiomyopathy was awarded 2 years of benefits. With his upper extremity limitation I was able to convince the judge he could not longer perform his old job. He was awarded over $27,000 in disability benefits.
A 48 year old pipe layer and foreman with degenerative disc disease and CMC subluxation of the right upper extremity was awarded 2 years of past due disability benefits.
A 56 year old with atrial fibrillation and obstructive sleep apnea awarded over 2 years of benefits. I convince the ALJ to ignore the state opinion that he could return to his past work. He was awarded over $38,000 in disability benefits.
A 52 year old woman with degenerative disc disease in the lumbar spine, arthritis in the knees and arthroscopic knee surgery. She filed for disability 3 months after her expiration of her DLI. I convinced the ALJ to pay her claim prior to her DLI. This resulted in over $9,000 in past due disability benefits and Medicare benefits for my client.
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