Appeal in Federal Court Resulted in a Win For Social Security Disability Client
We had to go to federal court to win Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits for a client whose disability was because of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). The claim was denied by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), and again by the Appeals Council (AC). We did not give up. We filed an appeal with the federal court. Based on our legal argument, the Federal District Court reversed the denial of benefits and remanded the case for further consideration. Normally, on remand the AC sends the case back to the ALJ for a new hearing. In an unusual step, in light of the arguments of counsel and review of the record, here the AC, itself, issued a Fully Favorable Decision which resulted in an award of over four years of benefits.