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Never go into a hearing without a knowledgeable representative.

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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