In a recent case, a claimant asked a Massachusetts District Court to review a denial of her petition for Social Security disability benefits. The claimant had filed an application for Social Security disability benefits based on her osteoarthritis, asthma, sleep apnea, depression, acid reflux and other issues that she believed made her unable to work.
The claimant was born in 1962. She had gone to school through ninth grade and gotten a GED. She had a mixed work history including work as a nursing assistant, factory laborer, and cashier. In 2010, the claimant saw a pulmonary specialist. She acknowledged that she smoked a pack a day, but also reported exercising. The doctor told her she should stop smoking and mentioned that she should start with CPAP therapy for sleep apnea.
She also saw a neurologist who noted she could answer all questions; she lived with the neurologist and his partner and took care of their kids. The claimant also saw a doctor for a physical and was told she was markedly obese, which was a risk factor for osteoarthritis. She was diagnosed with asthma. Continue reading