In Stacy v. Colvin, a case from the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, claimant alleged that the administrative law judge (ALJ) violated two rules applicable to Social Security Disability Insurance benefits appeals. An ALJ is a hearing officer that is hired by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) to hear claims that have already been administratively denied.
He first filed a claim for benefits saying that he first became disabled in 1994. The reason he was disabled was because of gout, chest pain, vision issues, and fatigue. He also reported to having a heart condition of some type. Before becoming disabled, he had a long work history, as he had worked for 17 years as an engineer for the prison system in his state. He was in charge of maintaining the boilers for the massive facility. Continue reading →