Donald applied for Social Security and was denied. Our office helped him with the appeal process. J. Chris Carpenter represented him at the hearing. One issue was why his symptoms seems to come on around the time of his application and not earlier. Donald explained that they had been present before but he could not afford to see the doctor due to his lack of insurance. He later qualified for Medical Assistance after he stopped working. Medical records are very important to establishing your claim, but when those records are lacking a fair-minded judge can consider lack of insurance or money to get care. Donald was awarded back pay of more than $59,000.