An administrative law judge's decision to deny a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits must be supported by substantial evidence. In practice, the application of this standard has varied as the Seventh Circuit has struggled over the degree of deference that should be accorded to the administrative law judge's findings. This article examines the Seventh Circuit's most recent attempts to advance a standard in terms of the broad objectives of the Social Security Disability Insurance program and a renewed emphasis on the investigatory role of the administrative law judge.
Between Empathy and Economy: The Struggle Over the Substantial Evidence Standard in Social Security Disability Determinations,
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