Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Michael V. Quatrini Successful in Federal District Court of Western Pennsylvania

On February 19, 2009, Quatrini Rafferty attorney Michael V. Quatrini obtained a Remand of a Social Security Disability case that was appealed to Federal District Court for the Western District located in Pittsburgh.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab agreed with Quatrini's argument that the functional capacity assessment produced by the Administrative Law Judge was not supported by substantial evidence because the ALJ relied on the Plaintiff’s use of drugs or alcohol as a basis for denying their application for benefits without making the requisite determinations with regard to their materiality.

The case will now go back for another hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.