4 based on 4 reviews


  1. Alexis Cutshall says:

    Judge Carpenter seemed deferential during the hearing but clearly she is neither erudite nor just. I have Gastroparesis and she actually asked me how often my stomach empties. I was bewildered by the question and had no idea how to answer. How am I supposed to know when my stomach is or isn’t functioning?! If I were an incredible, disease-sniffing canine, I’d be invaluable to the medical community. But of course, I had to show her respect and pull a number out of my behind.

    She also got so much wrong in her report! It’s as if she neglected to read my file nor my history at all. She definitely did not listen to my primary physician either. She said his testimony was “inconsistent with my medical history and testimony.” His testimony simply did not suit her desired verdict so she chose to ignore it completely.

    She said my HIDA scan was normal. Well, if that were the case, she should help me sue because my gallbladder was removed due to the fact that it was practically not functioning at all. The interpreting physician of the HIDA scan wrote “abnormal,” underlined twice and “see surgeon,” underlined once on the lab report.

    She also said my medical history and testimony did not support the evidence of Gastroparesis. Okay, since when did a judge who believes that we are capable of knowing when an organ is functional or not know more than any medical professional?! The doctor who diagnosed me told me Gastroparesis is CHRONIC. I had a GES that again, the interpreting physician wrote “abnormal” underlined twice on the lab report. There are some people with Gastroparesis who are diagnosed even with a normal or only slightly abnormal GES. Mine was SEVERELY delayed. The surgeon who performed my pyloroplasty said that I would have Gastroparesis for as long as I live, regardless of surgery or treatment. There is no cure! Every single doctor I have seen has reiterated this. I mean, is she not familiar with the word, “chronic?”

    She also claimed that my insomnia was cured by chamomile and lavender. Okay, WHAT?! I didn’t sleep last night because I puked at 2 AM for no reason other than I am chronically ill!

    She claimed my anxiety and depression is not significant enough to impact my ability to work. I frequently feel as though I do not want to live anymore. I am only twenty seven and extremely ill. But I guess not wanting to exist anymore is totally normal, right? I have actually looked up human euthanasia because I do not want to suffer any longer, nor do I want to continue to be a burden to my family. But I guess that isn’t severe enough for Judge Carpenter. Just because I SEEM okay on the outside does not mean that I’m not sick – physically or mentally. Just because I am well-spoken and not hysterical in public, does not mean that I am okay.

    She also completely skimmed over the fact that my colon does not work either according to a doctor at Cleveland Clinic. She didn’t mention that I have a severe overgrowth of candida according to a recent lab test. I had to have surgery recently for a torn labrum in my left hip. The labral tear was skimmed over as well. I have herniation in my spine at L4 and L5 which was briefly mentioned.

    I told her that I have utilized medical cannabis for a little over a year. I also said it was a lifesaver. I would either be dead or on a feeding tube without it. I was 100% honest and respectful during my hearing yet I was treated with neither respect nor an ounce of candor. I am beyond disappointed but not at all surprised. The system is BROKEN.

    Sometimes I want to stop trying. Maybe if I quit using medical cannabis to eat and exercise (as much as I’m able to, which is not often and makes my illness flare every single time), maybe if I stopped eating, lost weight, and looked like a human skeleton again, maybe then I would be taken seriously. Having an invisible illness is cruel. People tell me I look great. Heck, a nurse told me I was “lucky to be skinny” and that that was “all that mattered.” I’d rather be overweight and healthy, thank you. I once read that someone told this person’s brother they were lucky and that “it must be nice to not have to work.” The brother died from battling cancer a few months later. I would give ANYTHING to be able to have my health back and work again.

    Judge Carpenter simply does not get it. I feel like my life is over at twenty seven. All I wanted was some financial support to help me through this. I still have some dumb hope that I’ll be healthier someday but I am SO STRESSED about money for paying bills and buying food and medicine. Every medical professional has told me to avoid stress as it can (and does) make my illness worse. How ON EARTH am I supposed to do that?! My life is miserable and no one except for my poor mother, father, maternal grandmother, and maternal grandfather will help me. They are not rich by any stretch so I feel horrible for being a burden to them. I truly feel as though I am better off gone. I guess Judge Carpenter agrees with me based upon the lack of care in her report. I don’t have much quality of life anyway.

  2. Sandra Ansell says:

    My son, Jeffrey Ansell had a hearing before you a few months ago. You said he didn’t deserve/qualify for SSI. He died three weeks ago of the illness you said he didn’t have…qualify for…whatever. I am very disappointed in the system. I’m sure his Alpha One would have killed him eventually, but he’d have been able to live a little before his death with the money the SSI would have afforded him.

    Jeff had no life. He laid in bed…or oxygen for years. He never went “out.” Except perhaps with me once a month or so to the Olive Garden. He was on oxygen which didn’t have a long cord. The first thing he planned to do was buy a portable oxygen cannister. I am so sad. Words can’t even tell you how sad I am and disappointed in his “lawyer.”

  3. Tiffany Shuttlesworth says:

    I just went in front of Judge Carpenter on the 3rd of July 2019. She was very nice, patient and professional. I was already nervous and scared with my anxiety but she did her best to help me understand the questions no matter how many times she had to repeat them with my comprehension problem. You can tell she actually cared and listen to what I had to say.. Even tho i kept forgetting things and would randomly think of them she was patient with me

  4. S. Carr says:

    I am extremely disappointed in my son’s decision. Having an extremely rare and severe case of Nail Patella Syndrome, where all major limbs are affected, Chronic Kidney Disease, as well as a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety and ADD, I am (and all others that know him), shocked that his judge denied him SSI. His arms only straighten half-way (about 90 degrees) and because they are chronically dislocated and have little cartilage, his elbow bones rub together constantly causing pain. His right leg doesn’t go straight either and his knee caps dislocate every time he bends his knees causing a lot of pain. He has the worst case of flat feet that I’ve ever seen causing so much pain as well. He has Chronic Kidney disease where she said he wasn’t compliant with medication – which she said the same about anti-depressants – however, had she asked him about that, he would have told her that his mother stopped him from taking the CKD medicine originally prescribed because of the known terrible side-effects on patients with Nail Patella Syndrome and that 2 weeks later, he got a different prescription (a far safer drug) and has been on it ever since. As far as anti-depressant medicines, he’s had terrible side-effects with each kind he’s tried, that’s not his fault! Not to mention, he’s been on and off health insurance (like millions of people in the US) and so his psychological and psychiatric appointments have been staggered because of that but, she didn’t ask him about any of this, not to mention his lawyer didn’t say more than 2 sentences during the hearing. We are in a support group for folks with Nail Patella Syndrome and know several others who have been approved for SSI. He is more physically severe than most of them and most don’t have the chronic kidney disease. He is on the verge of needing a kidney transplant, just like his aunt. Of course he is depressed! He fears he is going to die from kidney disease, just like my sister nearly did after going through serious rejection of her transplanted kidney. He watched her struggles and is terrified. He’s very smart but has the lowest self-esteem because of his very visible physical disabilities, it’s extremely unfortunate. I know several people who don’t come close to having the same disabling conditions, as my son and are approved. I apologize for the vent but, I am in shock, as are those who know my son, who has already tried to commit suicide several times and who is always talking about taking his life because of all of his issues. His judge wrote in her decision that the attempt that landed him in the hospital was due to a single life event and that’s sad because we’ve shown, in his evidence, that he’s been depressed and seeing therapists on and off since he was 4 years old. I’m terrified that I’m going to lose my son. I hope the appeals council does the right thing and if they send his case back to his judge, I hope she does the right thing. ~ Terrified mom (PS I hope this doesn’t hurt him, I’m just so sad for him b/c he just keeps saying, with this decision, that he just wants to give up.)

  5. J. Miller says:

    I recently had a hearing with this judge. I was treated with such a high level of respect and compassion, it was almost scary. I was given a full favorable ruling, but that is not what inspired this comment. This judge actually cares about us as people. Just treat her with respect, and you WILL receive a fair decision based upon the merits of your medical condition.

  6. J. Grimm says:

    By your % approved cases, and looking at the other judges largest % denials,
    it seems you DO actually listen to people and can understand that they feel
    helpless and can’t provide for their families which makes low self-esteem also.
    People DO WANT to be proud and productive by working and feeling self-worth.
    Needing help financially is not easy to ask for (although we’ve worked for many years..which is why our bodies are broken down in the first place.)
    I may have a hearing coming up in this office soon…I hope I can be heard by
    you for it is scary to wait so long and be so clinging to the need for financial
    help with no chances of benefits. Can other judges even try to put themselves in
    our places..we have been trying for 2 years for help..why would we do this if we
    could go out and work for money while financial life worsens each week.

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