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Why A Well-Prepared Representative Can Make The Winning Difference

Claimant was denied at her first 2 hearings by the same ALJ, who failed to even read her medical records. Our firm took this case to Federal Court, and eventually attended her 3rd hearing, at which a new ALJ gave fair consideration to the Claimant’s impairments and limitations.
Claimant’s impairments included Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder causing hypermobility, unprovoked dislocations, subluxations and pain. The hearing a Medical Expert was used to give an opinion regarding whether or not the Claimant’s condition was severe prior to her date last insured, 12/31/06. After vigorous cross examination, the medical expert testified that Claimant’s symptoms and disabling limitations were present before the end of 2006. In 2018, Claimant received a Favorable Decision, which awarded her retroactive benefits going back to 2006. Terry Schmidt represented the claimant at her hearing.