There are three possible outcomes when appealing a Social Security Disability (“SSD”) case in Federal court: the appeal can be denied, remanded for further proceedings, or approved and remanded for a calculation of benefits. The third possibility is the best for a claimant, but is also the rarest, occurring only 2% of the time.
Unfortunately, more claimants are having to litigate in order to receive SSD benefits. Social Security has precipitously reduced the percentage of cases that it approves and remands at the Appeals Council since 2016. It seems that Social Security made the cynical decision that it is a win-win for it to reject more cases at the Appeals Council.
Social Security calculated that many claimants will not go to court, and if they do, then the court will decide if a remand is needed. Basically, Social Security has foisted its obligation to determine if a remand is needed onto the courts. Social Security anticipates that the courts will respond to the increased SSD caseload by denying more cases in order to discourage appeals. At worst, a remand significantly delays the time when Social Security has to pay benefits, and Social Security does not pay interest on past due benefits.
We represent a 36 year old catering manager from Mineola with multiple impairments, including pseudotumor cerebri, which causes headaches. Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Roxanne Fuller denied the case, which the Appeals Council rubber stamped. U.S. District Court Judge Brian Cogan reversed and remanded the case today for a calculation of benefits.
Judge Cogan rejected the ALJ’s argument that because the claimant’s headaches were not disabling because she did not experience them during all her examinations. Since the record was sufficiently developed, and no medical opinion contradicted the opinions of the treating physicians who concluded the claimant cannot work on a regular basis, Judge Cogan held that a calculation of benefits was the proper remedy.
Our client cannot express her gratitude enough, for our handling and outcome of her claim. She had originally applied on her own and realized that filing for SSD was an arduous and complex matter. She was referred to us by an old client of ours, who highly recommended calling us, based on their own positive experience, knowing that we specialize in disability claims, and are able to litigate claims in Federal court when necessary. Our office offers free phone consultations and have offices conveniently located on Long Island in Nassau and Suffolk counties.Previous Next
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