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Case Spotlight – August 2023

In May 2021, Disability Law Group received a call from an individual, age 55, seeking disability benefits due to atrial fibrillation. He had a long work history as a siding installer/ contractor, but due to the severity of his conditions, he could no longer perform this work. He was denied by Social Security at the Initial Application Level and Reconsideration Level, and so, we immediately filed a Request for Hearing on his behalf to have his case heard in front of an Administrate Law Judge. Attorney Farrah Abona took over his case and began obtaining all relevant and necessary information needed for the Administrative Law Judge to make an informed and speedy decision. We obtained the relevant medical records which showed his frequent atrial fibrillation episodes, along with the shortness of breath and fatigue he was experiencing on a regular basis.

Our team also kept close contact with the client and determined a Medical Source Statement from a cardiologist would help support his disability case. The client’s cardiologist completed the Medical Source Statement and indicated that his patient suffers from chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness, imbalance, and anginal pain at rest and with exertion. With the client being over 50 years old and having performed past work that included standing, walking and lifting, we made the argument that he could not perform the demands of his past work and would be physically incapable of performing other full-time work at the light-level or above.

Attorney Farrah Abona carefully drafted a brief detailing the atrial fibrillation episodes, the failed conservative and surgical treatments, the frequency of his symptoms, and his excellent work history as a siding installer/ contractor which he had to forgo due to the severity of his condition. The Administrative Law Judge agreed with our position and issued a Fully Favorable Decision granting the client social security disability benefits going back to 2021, which also allowed our client entitlement to Medicare Insurance.

Our attorneys and staff specialize in disability benefits and we will fight to help you win every benefit you deserve. We provide free consultations to better understand your case and provide you knowledge as to your rights and the benefits you may be entitled to. Whether you have a severe cardiac condition or other conditions, or combination of impairments, we can help you understand your options and win the benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation.

Author: Erika A. Riggs

Attorney Erika A. Riggs, a partner at Disability Law Group, is a renowned legal advocate and community leader. A graduate of Wayne State University Law School, Erika co-founded The 313 Project, a non-profit providing scholarships and pro-bono legal advice for at-risk youth. She actively contributes to community well-being as a board member and community activist, spearheading pro bono events and volunteer initiatives. Erika specializes in Social Security Disability and Veterans’ disability benefits. Recognized for her outstanding contributions, Erika has received accolades such as the ‘Oakland Together 40 Under 40’ Class of 2023, 2022 ABA On the Rise Top 40 Young Lawyer award, eight consecutive Avvo’s Client Choice awards, and the esteemed 2023 Rising Star award for the sixth consecutive year by Super Lawyers (extended to less than 2.5% of attorneys practicing in Michigan). Her multifaceted achievements showcase her commitment to excellence, community service, and advocacy for those in need.