W.E. hired Friedman Disability to represent him after unsuccessfully appealing for a greater than 50 percent schedular disability rating for his service-connected bipolar disorder in 2014. W.E. was discharged from the United States Navy in 1990 for what the Navy then determined was a personality disorder. W.E. had attempted to work many different jobs following his discharge but could not sustain any of them for longer than a few weeks before exploding at a coworker or supervisor and getting fired. W.E. stopped working altogether in 1996 as his bipolar disorder became more severe. He then returned home to live with his mother.
At the time of his appeal, the VA was fully aware of his recurrent suicidal ideation, a symptom that generally warrants a schedular disability rating of 70 percent or higher, but the VA without reason rejected this favorable evidence demonstrating W.E.’s entitlement to an increased schedular disability rating for bipolar disorder. On the basis of this harmful legal error, sworn declarations from W.E. and his treating psychiatrist, and W.E.’s proven inability to follow a substantially gainful occupation (SGO), Friedman Disability successfully appealed for a 100 percent schedular disability rating for W.E.’s bipolar disorder effective 2009, resulting in an award of over $110,000 in past-due benefits.