Fawn filed a claim for SSDI on June 20, 2013, which was initially denied on September, 2013. Fawn was denied for a second time on January, 2014.
Upon receiving her second denial, Fawn requested to appear before and Administrative Law Judge, which took place in Tacoma, Washington on January 2016. Fawn was represented by John Chihak. A vocational expert appeared at the hearing and testified.
In preparation for Fawn’s hearing, Chihak & Associates obtained medical evidence from Primary Care Northwest in Tacoma, and the Seattle Pain Center of Tacoma.
At the hearing, Fawn testified that she worked for many years as a Home Health Aid until she suffered a severe on-the-job injury to her lower back. Fawn immediately sought treatment for her low back pain, which was found to have severe radiculopathy, stenosis, spondylosis, and degenerative disc disease. Fawn stated that several epidural injections to her low back were ineffective, which ultimately resulted in Fawn choosing to have a fusion surgery. Given the progression of her severe low back pain, Fawn reported that her husband does all of the cooking, cleaning, driving, and shopping for the household.
A vocational expert testified at the hearing that the job skills acquired by Fawn as a Home Health Aid would not transfer to other occupations given her limitations. Upon completion of the testimony, the Administrative Law Judge found that given Fawn’s age, education, work experience, and current limitations, there were no jobs in the national economy that Fawn could perform given her severe low back limitations. Based on the testimony of Fawn, the vocational expert, and the evidence obtained by Chihak & Associates, the Administrative Law Judge issued a favorable decision.