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Former Lab Techinician out of work since 2001 due to multiple sclerosis

DISCLAIMER: The results are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case.

AGE:  50

PAST WORK:  Lab technician

INJURIES:  multiple sclerosis

SUMMARY:  Claimant alleged disability beginning in April of 2001 due to multiple sclerosis.  Although she worked up until 2009, she did so on a part-time basis earning less t than $400 a month.  As a result, she had a Date Last Insured of 2004, which meant the case had to be proven by that date. Complicating matters more, she waited to apply for disability benefits until 2011. The medical evidence in the file needed to be substantial enough to prove the claimant’s disability before 2004.  If the only evidence in our claimant’s file was sufficient for a finding of disability AFTER 2004, our claimant would lose. At the hearing, the Judge focused on our claimant’s impairments prior to 2004 and our claimant’s husband even testified as a “lay witness”, for the purpose of corroborating our claimant’s testimony.

INITIAL DECISION: DENIED

HEARING LEVEL RESULT: FULLY FAVORABLE decision dating back to claimant’s alleged onset date of 2001 and well before her Date Last Insured of 2004.

$16,000 in past-due benefits

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