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$130,000 Social Security Back Pay Won for Man Unable to Work

My client, a 55 year-old man, worked at a physically demanding job for years. He enjoyed doing his work, but started having pain in his back.

He treated with multiple doctors to try to figure out what the issue was. They discovered he had some severe back issues, and he tried therapies to ease the pain. Ultimately he was told he needed surgery. Due to his back issues, pain, and the surgery he became unable to do the work he had done all of his life. In fact, he was even unable to do many household chores.

He had more than enough work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSDI), and his conditions were well documented in his medical records. The Social Security Administration, however, wrongly decided he did not qualify for benefits in 2014.

We appealed that decision, and went to a hearing 15 months later in September of 2015 with an Administrative Law Judge who ignored some substantial facts about my client's case, and important evidence. She denied my client's claim in December 2015 claiming my client could perform light work and choose a different type of job.

We appealed that Unfavorable Decision to the Appeals Council. They reviewed the file and issued a denial in September 2016.

After an extensive discussion with my client, we decided to file a final appeal with the US Federal District Court. After a review of the entire file, a US Magistrate Judge issued an order in March of 2018 sending the case back to the Administrative Law Judge for further review.

My client's case was sent back to the very same Administrative Law Judge and a hearing was scheduled. Fortunately, the judge issued a Fully Favorable decision in August of 2019, a full 5 1/2 years after filing his application.

I fought for my client and he won past-due benefits dating back to June 2014 in the amount of $130,000 and will receive monthly ongoing benefits.

If you or someone you know is unable to work, contact us to see if you qualify for disability benefits. We'll fight for you too.