Pooler, GA (PRWEB) May 06, 2011
Frederick Johnson, a Social Security disability representative and president of Disability Income Associates, LLC, with 21 years of experience in helping over 1,000 patients get Social Security disability benefits, has partnered with the American Dystonia Society (ADS), a non-profit organization with over 500 members.
Noel Valero, founder of the organization, has carved out a section of the ADS website for its members to ask questions of Johnson. The section has been dubbed “Ask Fred About SSDI.”
Over his career, Johnson has represented 83 patients with cervical dystonia, a rare neuromuscular disorder which effects only 3 of every 10,000 people. He has won all of them. Additionally, in 85% of these cases he has been able to get a fully favorable decision without a hearing.
The Social Security disability process is a mystery to nearly all patients who are no longer able to work because of the severe limitations imposed by a medical condition. More importantly, the conditions which translate into the standards of judgment for disability are ones patients never think of.
In lay terms, dystonia is called an involuntary movement disorder, like Parkinson’s Disease, but of separate genesis. Dystonia can be either general—affecting muscles from head to toe—or focal, which affects a specific body part. It is believed that between 350,000 and 1.5 million Americans have some form of dystonia. There is no cure, and the best treatment known is the injection of Botox—a deadly poison in concentrated form—directly into the muscles in spasm. The beneficial effects last only 3 months and is very expensive.
Noel Valero was featured on “Mystery Diagnosis,” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN channel on February 4, 20ll. He is a dystonia patient, as is Johnson.
American Dystonia Society was founded in 2009 by a small group of people suffering from the disease, and has 10 on its Board of Directors. Its primary purpose is to create awareness and fund research.
Johnson is author of “How To Apply For & Win Social Security Disability Benefits.”