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Eighth Circuit awards benefits to mentally disabled claimant

An administrative law judge improperly "played doctor" when he denied Social Security disability benefits to a mentally disabled woman who refused to take her medicine, according to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "The ALJ's determination Pate-Fires's medical noncompliance is attributable solely to free will is tantamount to the ALJ ‘playing doctor,' a practice forbidden ...