RE: SHIRLEY UBER CARETAKER
DATE: OCTOBER 2015
This memo is to apprise you of my initial assessment of Ms. Shirley Uber Caretaker and her eligibility for Social Security Disability. I met with the client and her daughter who were referred to our firm by a former client.
Ms. Uber is a 56 year old woman who has been working full time since the age of 16. At the age of 55, Ms. Caretaker had an accident at work; she received six months of short term disability. When her disability ran out, she was terminated from her job. Ms. Caretaker cannot return to the workforce because of physical and mental conditions that restrict her ambulation and overall functioning.
Ms. Caretaker would like us to file a social security disability application given her condition. Seven years ago Ms. Caretaker developed acute pain in her knees and was diagnosed with deterioration of cartilage that necessitated two knee replacements.
Ms. Caretaker complained of extreme pain in her neck, upper and lower back. This pain causes constant discomfort all over her body and she becomes immobilized from the stinging and throbbing that it causes.
In addition to her knees, neck, upper and lower back pain, Ms. Caretaker has experienced hip pain since the accident last year, when a medicine cart crashed into her back. While the MRI did not show trauma to the hip form the fall, it shows arthritis in the hip. Ms. Caretaker needs to address her lumbar problems before she can address her need for knee replacements. Her neurosurgeon believes that she has nerve root compressions and feels that Ms. Caretaker must undergo surgery as soon as possible to prevent more damage to her spinal cord. Ms. Caretaker is limited with sitting, standing ad walking; anything over 30 minutes triggers extreme pain.
Most taxing to Ms. Caretaker, is her difficulty coping with depression. Her husband died suddenly one year ago, after 38 years of marriage. Ms. Carpenter was...