Anne Fitzpatrick

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Anne Fitzpatrick lives in Port Angeles, Washington, where she helps people appeal the denial of their disability benefits in federal court. Before moving to Washington, Ms. Fitzpatrick worked at the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago. She has experience in a wide range of litigation, including employment, contract disputes, unfair competition, civil rights, and affordable housing. She received her law degree cum laude from University of Michigan Law School and is admitted to practice law in Washington and Illinois. Before law school, Ms. Fitzpatrick worked for a children's book publisher in Minnesota, where she wrote books on topics ranging from Mother Teresa to Modern Art.

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Multiple Disabilities: Social Security Must Consider Combined Effects
People applying for Social Security disability benefits often have more than one illness or injury that is causing their disability (making them unable to work a full-time job).
Getting Social Security Disability or SSI for Joint Pain Problems
Joint pain is very common; as many as one-third of adults suffer from joint pain at any given time. Typical places for joint pain include the knees, shoulders, neck, hips, elbows, wrists, and ankles.
How Failing to Seek or Comply With Your Doctor's Treatment Affects Your Disability Case
If you're filing for disability benefits and don't seek treatment for your impairment, your credibility may be jeopardized.
How Social Security Evaluates Chronic Pain in Disability Claims
Social Security must take your pain into account as long as you've been diagnosed with a physical or mental impairment, including fibromyalgia.
Does Borderline Intellectual Functioning Qualify Someone for Disability Benefits?
Disability applicants with IQs between 71 and 84 can qualify for disability benefits, especially if they have other impairments.
Getting Disability Benefits Because of Clubfoot
Clubfoot is a fairly common birth defect in which the foot is twisted in and down. In about half of people with club foot, both feet are affected. Although club foot can be treated with stretching exercises, casts, braces, or surgery, there is no cure.