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$800,000 - Plus Future Medical Care

Client's Situation: Insurance claimed client's pain was entirely mental.
Koszdin Outcome: Client was granted $800,000 plus future medical care.

The insurance company sent her to a doctor who implanted a spinal cord stimulator and medication pump. Client developed wide spread complex regional pain syndrome. Insurance company denied that client had complex regional pain syndrome and that her problems were entirely mental. After several sessions of trial and the use of a vocational expert, applicant was granted 100% total permanent disability award with a present value of $800,000 plus future medical care.

$800,000 - Plus Future Medical Care

Client's Situation: Client fell off a ladder injuring his back and neck.
Koszdin Outcome: Client was awarded $800,000 with a Medicare Set-aside.

Client fell off a ladder injuring his back and neck. Client had diabetes which was found to have been aggravated by the fall, making him 100% totally permanently disabled. Case settled for $800,000 with a Medicare Set-aside.

$400,000 - Plus Future Medical Care

Client's Situation: Insurance company claimed our client's fibromyalgia injury was a simple strain.
Koszdin Outcome: Client was awarded $400,000 plus future medical care for life.

Client was injured in a car accident while working. Client's back and neck and arm problems evolved into fibromyalgia and psychiatric problems. The insurance companied maintained that the injury was a simple strain. Case proceeded to trial and client was awarded 100% total permanent disability with a present value of $400,000 and future medical for life.

$267,000 - Plus Future Medical Care

Client's Situation: Multiple insurance companies denied client's carpal tunnel syndrome claim.
Koszdin Outcome: Client was awarded $267,000 plus future medical care for life.

Client worked many years at a mail processing facility and developed carpal tunnel syndrome and fibromyalgia. There were multiple insurance companies involved and both denied liability for her injuries. After trial, client was awarded 100% total permanent disability with a present value of $267,000 and future medical care for life.

$246,000 - Plus Future Medical Care

Client's Situation: Multiple insurance companies denied client's ability to work despite injuries.
Koszdin Outcome: Client was awarded $246,000 and future medical care for life.

Client worked in food service for a hotel near Los Angeles International Airport. Over her time at work, she had several injuries to her hands, back and neck. There were multiple insurance companies involved who denied applicant was unable to work. Case proceeded to trial and client obtained a 100% total permanent disability award with a present value of $246,000 and future medical care for life.

Workers' Compensation

Client's Situation: Employers claimed our client's pain was pre-existing, drug addiction.
Koszdin Outcome: Settlement with a life pension was secured after trial.

Client worked as a car sales person. Six months after leaving the car dealership, client came to my office and told me that he had developed significant back and neck pain from his job activities. Client had also gone to work for another car dealer. The claim was denied and the case went to trial against the two employers. The defense attorneys maintained that if client had problems it was pre-existing and that client was a drug addict. At trial, medical records were presented which undermined defendants' claims and a settlement with a life pension was secured after trial.

Class Action

KENTON KOSZDIN et al., Plaintiffs and Appellants, v. STATE COMPENSATION INSURANCE FUND, Defendant and Respondent. - Kenton Koszdin practices before the WCAB and filed six class action complaints in Los Angeles County Superior Court against six different defendants. The defendants were either employers or workers' compensation insurance carriers that were accused of failing to pay interest owed on attorney fees issued by the WCAB. read more

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Benefits denied for fibromyalgia, a condition many doctors do not believe in.
Koszdin Outcome: Social Security benefits awarded after hearing.

52 Year old woman awarded SSDI for fibromyalgia. - Maria was denied by the Los Angeles Social Security Administration Office. She worked for many years as an assembler. She developed fibromyalgia. Many doctors do not believe in fibromyalgia and many judges do not like to award benefits for this condition. Social Security benefits were awarded after the hearing.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Insurance denied benefits for broken neck due to young age.
Koszdin Outcome: Social Security benefits awarded after hearing.

34 year old insurance sales person gets SSDI. - SSA denied Peter, a 34 year old insurance sales agent because he was young and SSA said he could do other work despite his fractured neck. Benefits were awarded after the hearing.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: SSA Denied benefits even after two surgeries for back and neck pain.
Koszdin Outcome: SSDI benefits recovered after hearing.

Stephanie suffered from chronic back and neck problems. She had had two surgeries and needed another one. Because of her young age, Los Angeles Social Security Administration office said she could do other work. She had done some light work before. At the hearing, we argued that she could not do any other work due to her physical condition. She was awarded SSDI benefits.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Denied SSI benefits for chronic diabetes.
Koszdin Outcome: Awarded three years retroactive SSI benefits.

32 year old claimant win 3 years retroactive benefits. - John suffered from chronic diabetes which was grossly out of control. The Los Angeles Social Security office denied his claim because he was young and felt he could do other work. Also, he had a child who was already on SSI and lived with his wife who had applied and been denied. Naturally, Social Security looked at this claim with suspicion. We were able to get the medical records and witnesses to prove this this man was truly disabled and unable to do any type of work despite his young age. SSI benefits going back three years were awarded.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: 51 Year old woman denied SSDI benefits for diabetes due to sedentary work.
Koszdin Outcome: Awarded SSDI benefits after hearing.

Woman 51 years old awarded SSDI despite a work history of sedentary work. - Mary had two back surgeries and chronic diabetes. SSA said that since she worked as a secretary, she was denied SSDI benefits. At the hearing we produced a medical record and testimony that won her case.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Obese client denied SSI benefits due to sedentary work.
Koszdin Outcome: Benefits obtained after hearing.

320 lb woman age 48 awarded SSI despite history of sedentary work. - Sally was a very obese lady which chronic diabetes, back, and knee complaints. SSA denied her benefits saying she could still do a sedentary job that she had held for six months. At the hearing, testimony and medical records proved her case.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: 54 Year old homeless man denied benefits by SSA.
Koszdin Outcome: Benefits awarded despite history of drug use and no job history.

Johnny was a homeless 54 year old man in Los Angeles. He had a history of drug use and had never worked. His claim was denied by SSA. Benefits awarded despite history of drug use and no job history.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Homeless man with heart failure denied benefits twice.
Koszdin Outcome: Benefits awarded after proving change to client's condition.

Homeless Man Age 39 awarded SSI. - George, who had suffered from bi polar disorder and had a heart attack and congestive heart failure was denied SSI at a hearing three years before. He reapplied and SSA denied him right away saying that he was filing the same claim that had been lost three years before. Benefits were awarded after the hearing because we were able to argue a major change in his condition.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Vietnam veteran denied benefits after SSA says problems were mild.
Koszdin Outcome: Benefits awarded after proving PTSD at hearing.

John served his country in Vietnam. One day, while on patrol, his friend and fellow soldier was blown to bits by a Viet Kong grenade. He replayed this scene in his mind for many years. He went from job to job until 2004, when he could no longer function. He was suffering from Post traumatic stress disorder. SSA denied his case saying that his problems were mild. Testimony and development of his case won him benefits at hearing.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Client with mental illness denied SSI benefits due to incomplete records.
Koszdin Outcome: SSI benefits awarded after testimony and additional records.

41 year old woman with mental illness wins SSI. - Thelma visited several county health clinics over the past few years. The Los Angeles Social Security office denied her claim. The records were not complete and Social Security denied her claim as a result. Her testimony as well as witnesses and additional records submitted won her case and she was awarded SSI.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: SSDI benefits denied for injured construction worker.
Koszdin Outcome: SSDI benefits awarded after convincing job that client could not work.

48 year old man wins SSDI. - Jeffery worked in construction and injured his back and shoulder requiring fusion surgery. SSA denied him saying that although he could not do construction work, he could do other jobs. Testimony and records were presented which convinced the judge that he could not do any work. He won his case.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Benefits for chronic diabetes denied, LA SSO argued he could do lighter work.
Koszdin Outcome: SSI benefits awarded after proving client could not work.

48 Year old man which history of cocaine use awarded SSI. - Carl had chronic diabetes, congestive heart failure, and had a heart attack. The Los Angeles Social Security office denied him saying his conditions would get better and that he could do lighter work. The records also showed history of cocaine use. SSI Benefits were awarded after the hearing in which we proved that due to his multiple problems he could not do any work. He was found to be disabled under the social security law.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: 50 Year old teacher with knee issues denied benefits.
Koszdin Outcome: Benefits awarded after securing proper documentation.

School worker wins SSDI after denial from Los Angeles Social Security Office. - Claimant was age 50 and had worked for a Los Angeles area school district for about 5 years part time. Claimant had bad knees and she was awarded benefits without a hearing. Getting the proper medical records to Social Security was important.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Client with back, neck and stomach issues seeking benefits.
Koszdin Outcome: Favorable decision issued after proving disability occurred while insured.

Client suffered from back and neck problems as well as a rare condition in which his stomach had an open wound and had weak stomach muscles. - Client was a under age 50 and had not worked in ten years. We had to prove that he had become disabled five years before the hearing (his date last insured) and obtained medical records and prepared the client to testify. A fully favorable decision was issued.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Client denied benefits after serious car accident.
Koszdin Outcome: Verdict overturned after appeal and further review of the records.

Client had a serious auto accident in which he had gone through the windshield of his car. - Client also had a history of substance abuse and was treated at county facilities where the medical records were not very helpful. Client was also under age 50. The case was denied by the Administrative Law Judge. The case was appealed to the Appeals Council which sent the case back to the Administrative Law Judge. The Judge reversed and granted benefits after further review of the records.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Client seeking reconsideration of current benefits.
Koszdin Outcome: Client awarded greater benefits and $40,000 in retroactive benefits.

Client last worked about 10 years before filing his claim for benefits. - He was granted supplementary security income, but we filed for reconsideration claiming that he should be granted Title II as he met the disability requirements as of his date last insured. Medical records from his workers' compensation case were obtained and an "on the record" decision request was submitted. Claimant was awarded Title II benefits and obtained $40,000 in retroactive benefits.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Client with little objective symptoms seeking benefits.
Koszdin Outcome: Favorable decision issued after arguing legitimacy of neuropathic pain.

Client was under age 50 with very little in the way of objective symptoms. However, we were able to persuade the Administrative Law Judge through testimony, medical records, and functional statements, the claimant had legitimate neuropathic pain. A fully favorable decision issued.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Self-represented client unable to prove psycgiatric problems were disabling
Koszdin Outcome: New, favorable decision issued after proving disability.

Client had filed on her own and went to a hearing two years earlier in which client was issued an unfavorable decision that her back and psychiatric problems were not disabling. - Testimony, medical records, and functional statements were used to overcome the presumption of non disability due to the prior unfavorable decision and a new favorable decision was issued.

Social Security Disability

Client's Situation: Benefits to released prisoner receiving mental health treatment denied.
Koszdin Outcome: Favorable decision issued after proving psychiatric condition.

Client had been released from prison two years earlier and was in psychiatric treatment at the parole outpatient facility and then at county mental health. - DDS felt the client could perform simple jobs and if there was disability it was due to drugs and alcohol. Medical records, testimony, and functional statements were used to prove that client was disabled due to a psychiatric condition and that claimant's drug and alcohol use occurred in the past and no longer played a role in the impairment. A favorable decision issued.

No room for improvement. Thank you. The law offices of Kenton D. Koszdin handled my case with the most expertise, efficient, and thoroughly handled my case. I am very very pleased with their staff and my results. Thank you. — Diane S.

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