I apply to Social Security for Disability on August 23, 2012. It was denied on March 25, 2013 as is routinely done. “Upon reconsideration”, it was again denied on August 27th, 2013. I have since been told by Social Security that those initial applications are not handled or processed or reviewed by the Social Security Administration, but by the California State Employment Development Department. I would surmise those folks don’t have the authority to approve the granting of Federal benefits.
I retained Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 who filed a Request for Hearing on October 14, 2013.
One of Mr. Hendricks’ first instructions to me was “not to say what (I) can’t do, but what symptoms or problems I experience when I actually do those things, e.g.: if I cannot lift more than 25 pounds, don’t outwardly admit that, but advise the court I could likely pull every muscle in my back if I do and aggravate my Degenerative Discs; not to say I can’t walk a mile, but that if I do the arthritis in my hips starts to flare up considerably; not that I can’t stand for more than ten minutes, but that if I do it strains the muscles in my back.
I advised Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 on multiple occasions that I have Depression, Anxiety and ADD, the first two of which can be triggered by the slightest incident unexpectedly and can last for days. The ADD is constant and almost cost me my job.
I further advised him that Ritalin helped the ADD, but I had to stop taking it after a blocked artery cost me my sight in my left eye, and that my concentration and work production suffered dramatically after that. It was then that I retired from the County Department of Child Support Services only; I did not seek Social Security Retirement.
I further advised Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 that after partial hospitalization and numerous classes from Kaiser Permanente’s Mental Health Department, I repeatedly asked for individual psychotherapy to deal with the Depression and Anxiety. I showed him written statements from Kaiser saying they do not treat long-term mental illness, just crisis cases; they refer long-term illnesses to a facility outside of Kaiser and do not cover the expenses.
I had Depression and Anxiety for over forty years.
Kaiser kept referring me to classes to “learn coping skills”, and every time I met with a psychotherapist, the only thing they said they could do was to refer me back to those same classes.
My psychiatrist recommended and tried to get me into a therapy group he said “would be perfect” for me. He later advised me the group was small, closed, open-ended, and I would be put on a waiting list IF and when someone left the group. I filed a grievance based on the fact that there was only one such group in the entire Kaiser Sacramento Region and received a letter from a fucking secretary saying that it had been determined that group would not have been appropriate therapy for me. They would not give me the name of the doctor who made that determination.
I also supplied Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 with documentation that California had fined Kaiser Permanente a total of $4,000,000.00 over their “inadequate Mental Health care” along with the State’s official report. Part of the complaint was that Kaiser was vague and ambiguous about their Mental Health program and did not afford patients timely accessibility to their doctors.
I explained to Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 that I had no individual therapy or those piss-poor classes in two years, and could not switch insurance companies at any time because I would lose the coverage for pre-existing illnesses. Had I left my Retirement sponsored coverage and went with an individual plan, Kaiser would not cover the pre-existing conditions they had been treating me for during the previous twenty years. Fuckin’ Nazis.
On January 1, 2014 I switched to Blue Shield of California and started seeing an individual psychotherapist the following month on a weekly basis. Kaiser had pushed the DBT program, which specifically called for individual psychotherapy on a monthly basis, but they didn’t offer it.
Thank you Affordable Care Act, I finally got the help I needed.
April 10, 2014 was my Administrative Hearing with a Social Security Judge, another of the hit men whose purpose it was to look for reasons to deny my claim. At that Hearing, Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 did not offer into evidence my history of difficulties with Kaiser nor the fine against Kaiser nor the state finding Kaiser’s Mental Health Care to be $4,000,000.00 worth of crap.
At that hearing, as in my appointments with Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 I emphasized that while my bad back, arthritic hips and lost vision in my left eye were NOT the sole grounds for my claim, they greatly exacerbated the Depression, Anxiety and especially the ADD. I had a letter from my Direct Supervisor at Child Support saying it prevented me from doing my job in a satisfactory manner.
I rarely leave my house, when I do it’s within a fifteen mile radius for brief shopping or doctor’s appointments. I have not been out of my house for social activities in over two years except for one wedding and one funeral. Not even a fucking movie. I wouldn’t even go to the mailbox more than once a week or answer a phone call I couldn’t identify.
Very simply, I was scared to leave my home, my wife and my dog unless it was absolutely necessary and never for more than an hour.
I couldn’t even sit in our backyard and read because the neighbors’ obnoxiously yappy Chihuahuas and other GMO purse-pooches wouldn’t shut their stupid fucking Alpo-holes for hours at a time once they knew I was out there. I couldn’t accompany our dog out into our back yard to play or even to watch him drop a loaf.
Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 knew all of that. The Judge didn’t want to listen to most of it. Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 didn’t bring it to the Judge’s attention, nor did he present the documentation I brought. All Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 seemed to want to talk about was my “monocular vision” and COPD.
After three months of weekly appointments, my therapist tried to get in touch with Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 in several different manners to ask what kind of documentation and expert testimony he could submit for the Judge’s further consideration.
Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 never responded to a phone call, voice mail or message. Not once.
Valid, professional information and insight as to the severity of my Mental Health problems and Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 ignored it.
I got the Judge’s decision yesterday. It stated that there was no evidence of Mental Health problems and that some quack doctor for SSA determined I could lift and carry fifty pounds and that my COPD didn’t prevent me from climbing stairs. He also “opined” (a $15.00 word for thought, and you know what they say about “opining”: it’s like blowing it our your ass, EVERYone can do it) that I could climb ladders and ropes.
I had followed the advice of Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 and never said “I can’t” do whatever, and in every single instance the Court just decided I could do it.
The Court also said there was no indication that I had any side effects from my twelve medications.
I had given Jonathan A. Hendricks, Cal. State Bar #173482 an Excel spreadsheet of each medication and the side effects.
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