Matt is a three year old boy.
Since birth, Matt and his twin brother have had special needs due to their severe asthma and significant developmental delays and have been followed by The Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children .
Matt was denied Supplemental Security Income benefits. His twin brother, who receives almost identical treatments and therapies, was not denied his benefits. Their mother, employed at the twins’ birth, had to quit her job to take care of her children and to accommodate their intensive therapy schedules.
Staff attorney Theresa Brabson stepped in. She obtained Matt’s medical records from St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, working with his provider to craft a letter of support. The letter documented Matt’s medical conditions and specifically addressed how they fit within the Social Security Administration’s definition of disability.
Prior to a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, Theresa submitted a brief. After reviewing the brief, the medical evidence, and testimony from the Matt’s mother, the Judge approved the benefits the same day.
Matt and his mother had to wait over two years for the benefits but is now entitled to the entire back benefit as well as ongoing monthly support.
This is how LCD found justice for Matt and his family.