Claimant, currently 45 years old, received benefits based on an application for Supplemental Security Income filed on July 8, 2008. She alleged that she was unable to work due to depression, anxiety, torn ligaments, arthritis, left knee disorder, right knee disorder, ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux, obesity and carpal tunnel syndrome. Claimant first appeared at a hearing unrepresented and an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ”) denied her claim. The decision was appealed by our office up through the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. The Federal Court found that the ALJ’s decision was internally inconsistent and remanded the case to the ALJ for a new hearing and decision. The second hearing resulted in a Fully Favorable decision and Claimant received an award of back pay from July 8, 2008, the date of the original application. Claimant was represented by attorney Howard D. Olinsky.
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