No further fact finding necessary where evidence satisfied threshold required to support disability determination
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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

No further fact finding necessary where evidence satisfied threshold required to support disability determination

By Payroll and Entitlements Editorial Staff

The parties disputed whether it was necessary on remand for the ALJ to conduct further fact-finding into the claimant’s migraines. The claimant argued that there was overwhelming evidence to support the district court’s award of benefits and sought to have the order affirmed. On appeal, the court found that there was ample evidence in the record related to the claimant’s migraines. Moreover, the record included multiple reports from the claimant’s treating physician, who opined on the deteriorating nature of her condition and the resultant inability to work. The Commissioner did not present any evidence to the contrary. The court concluded that the severity and frequency of the claimant’s ailments would have caused absences from work that, according to the vocational expert, would have precluded full-time employment. The evidence satisfied the overwhelming threshold required to support a finding of disability and an award of benefits. The judgment of the district court was affirmed (Amanda Sacilowski v. Commr., CA-1, No. 19-1712, May 15, 2020.).

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