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Administrative : Social Security – Denial Of Benefits – IQ Test

Where an administrative law judge found that a claimant of Social Security benefits had a severe impairment of mild mental retardation and no significant sub-average general intellectual functioning with deficits in adaptive functioning, the findings were inconsistent, and the ALJ should have developed the record further by ordering an IQ test and determining whether the claimant’s disabilities had their onset before the age of 22, so the case is reversed and remanded.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

Lott v. Colvin (MLW No. 67181/Case No. 14-1503 – 10 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit, Riley, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas, Deere, J. (Eugene Gregory Wallace, Raleigh, North Carolina, argued for appellant; Anthony W. Bartels appeared on the brief) (Una McGeehan, Dallas, argued for appellee; Stacey E. McCord and Michael McGaughran appeared on the brief).

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