Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Case of the Day: Yi v. Berryhill, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94065 (W.D. Wash. June 19, 2017)


Plaintiff challenged the decision regarding her Social Security payment. Plaintiff claimed she suffers from disability by affective disorder, resulting from the stress caused by her husband leaving her for another woman. Plaintiff claimed that cultural factors exacerbated her stress due to her Korean background. In the proceedings below, the administrative law judge rejected the plaintiff's claim of disability. The ALJ did not give any weight to the medical opinion on how cultural factors could exacerbate stressors, as he found them to be transient, personal life situations.

The court affirmed, finding that there were conflicting medical opinions as to the severity of the plaintiff's symptoms, and the ALJ was entitled to give greater credibility to one set of medical opinions over another.


Even as a Korean American, I have "eye roll" moments when I come across a certain kind of "cultural" arguments. Glad to see that the court rejected this, shall we say, adventurous claim.

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