Tox Law.com – Post: SSI Disability For Mycotoxicosis
Posted by Sharon on 10/09/09
Harris Martin Publishing
Oct. 7, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. — A Social Security Administration judge has granted a claimant’s request for disability benefits for mold-related injuries, accepting medical testimony linking physical and cognitive impairments to mold exposure. In the Case of Kristina M. Townsend, No. Unavailable (SSA Off. of Disability Adj. and Rev.)….
Townsend maintains that she suffers from debilitating injuries from exposure to mold at a contaminated residence provided by her employer while she was temporarily assigned as a retail sales manager to the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2007.
Since that exposure, Townsend has sought treatment for fatigue, memory loss, hypersensitivity to chemicals and other symptoms, and claimed that she was unable to work….
Michael R. Gray, M.D., who first treated Townsend in 2007, testified that she suffers from mixed mold mycotoxicosis with features of encephalopathy and immune toxicity,” Judge Dostal said in his ruling….
The judge credited a neurobehavioral assessment by B. Robert Crago, Ph.D., who found “symptoms of depression and anxiety secondary to health problems,” as well as
unspecified cognitive disorder.
“The claimant’s disability is supported by medical signs and findings,” Judge Dostal wrote. “The record establishes the claimant’s exposure to mold while working and living in the U.S. Virgin Islands in February 2007. A mycotoxin report from May 2007 showed 2.56 ppb of trichothecenes. In June 2007, the claimant was found to have hyperreactivity to fungi and had been colonized. Symptoms included excessive fatigue and cognitive deficits.”….
Meghan M. Miller of Tucson represented Townsend in her Social Security Administration claim….
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