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Topic 9: Disability Benefits -- Areas of particular difficulty

A. Background - Pain and other subjective complaints =>

  • Medically determinable impairments
  • Weighing conflicting medical evidence
  • The decision-makers impression of the claimant and claimant's credibility
  • Adequacy of decision

B. Background - Mental impairments =>

  • A growing basis for benefits
  • Episodic conditions and disability
  • Structured decision-making
  • Distinctive procedural concerns with mentally impaired claimants

C. Background - Alcoholism and drug addiction =>

  • Shifting attitudes, shifting approaches

D. Approaching the readings =>

E. Some illustrative and problem situations =>

F. Framework for discussion =>

G. Discussion =>

  • Course discussion of this topic will begin on March 12. You should have made your submission on this topic and be ready to join in at that point.
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