On October 22, 2013, she filed a claim for SSDI.
Amy’s claim was initially denied initially on December 20, 2013, and again upon reconsideration on February 24, 2014. Amy appeared on January 12, 2014, before an Administrative Law Judge in Tacoma. Amy was represented by John Chihak. A vocational expert also appeared and testified during the hearing.
At the hearing, Amy testified that she worked for many years until her motor vehicle accident in 2009, which shattered her pelvis. Amy testified to significant and persistent pain symptoms following this incident, despite compliance with her prescribed medication and treatment. In addition, Amy testified to significant problems with anxiety, nerve pain, hip fracture, and issues with blood clotting in her lower extremities.
Amy’s providers included SeaMar in Aberdeen and Summit Pacific in Elma Washington.
At the hearing, Amy reported that she was unable to walk more than a few hundred feet due to her pelvic pain and that she used a cane to assist with walking. Amy stated that she was easily fatigued, had a very poor memory, and that she had trouble concentrating on things without making mistakes because of anxiety and pain. Given the progression of her condition, Amy reported that she now lives with a roommate who helps her with chores and most daily activities.
Dr. Moisan, a vocational expert, also testified at the hearing. Dr. Moisan gave the opinion that based on Amy’s limitations that there were no occupations in the national economy that she could perform. Upon completion of Dr. Moisan’s testimony, the Administrative Law Judge found that given Amy’s age, education, work experience, and current limitations, there were no jobs in the national economy that Amy could perform. The Administrative Law Judge concluded in his decision that a finding of disability for Amy was appropriate based on the medical evidence obtained through Chihak & Associates, the testimony of Amy, and the testimony of Dr. Moisan.