August 21, 2017 / 8:14 PM / a year ago

In disability case, ALJ should have asked doctors about medical terms - 8th Circuit

A federal appeals court on Monday ruled that an administrative law judge who denied a former housekeeper disability benefits erred when he inferred the meaning of medical terms in the woman’s file rather than asking her doctors for clarification.

In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to the judge to conduct further inquiry into what relevance the medical terms “no acute distress” and “normal movement of all extremities” have on Carolyn Combs’ ability to work.

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