Gill’s struggle to get disability benefits began in 2013 and was fraught with denials and challenges. His severe physical and emotional health issues made everyday life and work incredibly difficult.

The Fight for SSDI

Gill first applied for SSDI benefits on November 22, 2013. Unfortunately, his claim was denied on February 8, 2014, and again on May 4, 2014. Despite these setbacks, Gill continued to fight for his benefits.

Court Day

Gill had his hearing before an Administrative Law Judge on June 16, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, with attorney John Chihak by his side. A vocational expert also attended the hearing to provide insight into Gill’s ability to work.

Gathering Evidence

To strengthen Gill’s case, Chihak + Chihak collected medical evidence from Pioneer Square Clinic, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Counseling Services.

Gill’s Testimony

With the help of an interpreter, Gill shared his story in court. He described the severe physical and emotional issues caused by his degenerative joint disease, rotator cuff tendonitis, osteoarthritis, insomnia, and depression. The pain and depression had made it impossible for him to continue his job as a janitor, and his symptoms had worsened over time.

Expert Opinion

The vocational expert testified that due to Gill’s severe health issues and inability to speak English, he lacked the skills needed for any job in the national economy.

The Verdict

After hearing all the testimony and reviewing the medical evidence, the judge concluded that Gill’s health problems made it impossible for him to maintain a full-time job. Based on the expert testimony and medical records, the judge approved Gill’s disability claim.

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