Record 100 Dystonia Cases Won by Social Security Disability Representative
Posted Jan 28 2013 7:05am
(1888PressRelease) Dystonias are little-known, even to neurologists, and can be diagnosed by clinical means only, which makes them extremely difficult SSA disability cases to win. Medically, they are placed in the same category as Parkinson's, but of different etiology.
On December 12th, Frederick A. Johnson, President of Disability Income Associates for 23 years, won his one hundredth dystonia case. He has never lost a dystonia case.
Cervical dystonia, also called spasmodic torticollis, or torticollis, is the most common of the focal dystonias. In torticollis, the muscles in the neck which control the position of the head are affected, causing the head to involuntarily twist and turn to one side. In addition, the head may be pulled forward or backward. Though of different etiology, dystonia is treated in the same ways as Parkinson's. Neurologists, however, frequently misdiagnose the condition because it is strictly a clinical diagnosis. A gene has recently been found for dystonia; however, there is strong evidence to show that it can be originated by trauma.
Johnson is expert advisor to the American Dystonia Society, providing immediate answers to questions about Social Security disability programs and procedures to its 500 plus members. The American Dystonia Society is dedicated to research as a non-profit organization, and established in 2009.
He has spoken on 3 occasions at the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association, a cervical dystonia patient support organization headquartered in Fountain Valley, CA.
Since 1990, Johnson has represented over 1,000 patients who were not able to work because of the severity of their medical problems.
Johnson is author of "How To Apply For & Win Social Security Disability Benefits," and created specialized proprietary residual functional capacity forms for every major condition. The forms integrate the symptoms Social Security looks for in making its awards with the most basic legal standards.
He was a member of the medical corps in the Navy, working in the ICU, emergency room, recovery room, and surgical wards at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. Additionally, he was a medical worker in the private sector for 2 years.
Dystonia can effect other body parts or the entire body. It can be constant or episodic and sporadic. It is usually treated with botox injections at 3 month intervals.