Frozen shoulder NOT an impairment that meets Social Security’s listing; ABRAMS LANDAU still wins Colonial Beach school custodian’s disability case in Richmond

Despite a Federal Judge’s finding that Doug Landau’s client’s “Frozen Shoulder” was NOT an impairment that meets Social Security’s medical listing, he won her case for disability benefits dating back over 2 years. The Richmond Administrative Law Judge only took 3 months to issue this partially favorable opinion for a 57 year-old woman who does not have a high school diploma or G.E.D. This ABRAMS LANDAU client had a vocational history consisting of custodial jobs (unskilled, heavy work). Injury Board member Doug Landau was able to present evidence that his client was disabled from multiple conditions, including:

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Radiculopathy

Because of her disabling conditions, her children and grandchildren care for her and her home. She can only cook soup, sandwiches, hot dogs and frozen dinners because she cannot lift the 5 lb. pans with any regularity. She does no household chores, and often drops things. Her degenerative disc disease affects her lumbar spine and lower back such that she cannot bend, stoop or squat, which are necessary activities for even unskilled and sedentary jobs. Because of her lumbar spine’s deterioration and arthritis in all of her joints, she cannot sit for more than 5 minutes, and she has numbness and tingling down her legs and into her knees. This ABRAMS LANDAU client has a significant medication load for her pain, discomfort and other symptoms. The side effects include interference with her ability to concentrate and stay on task.  Virginia disability and injury lawyer Landau was able to successfully bring lay and expert witness testimony and evidence to convince the judge of his client’s inability to work.

If you, someone in your family or someone you know needs help with their Social Security, accident, workplace injury or other disability or permanent injury case, please e-mail or call us today at (703-796-9555).

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