NY DISABILITY LAWYERS JOURNAL
Decisions by NY City ALJs Overturned in Federal Court
Yakov Gilman v. Apfel, 98-CV-2093 (FB)
ALJ: Harold Rosenbaum, Bklyn OHA
Fed Court Judge: F. Block, EDNY
Attorney: R. Axelrod
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Rosenbaum brushed off
claimants heart pain
Court finds pain claims supported by evidence
ALJ Rosenbaum found 65 year old Yakov Gilmans heart pain complaints not credible because claimants medications were limited to "over the counter analgesic which as he indicated relieves his symptomotology."
Federal Judge Block took exception, finding in the record claimant reports of current appropriate heart medication and continued complaints of pain.
Noting heart meds reported in the record, Judge Block wrote that "[b]ecause Gilmans subjective complaints of pain were supported by objective evidence, which the ALJ did not address, the Court determines that the Commissioners decision is not supported by substantial evidence." The case was remanded for a new ALJ hearing.
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