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Arizona District Court Reverses ALJ

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Arizona District Court Reverses ALJ

April 11, 2017.  The ALJ denied benefits to a claimant with arthritis, among other impairments, finding she could perform “light” work, yet neglecting to include her need for a cane in his RFC finding or hypothetical question to the vocational expert at the hearing.  The district court reversed, finding that we “convincingly” argued that the definition of light work assumes the ability to use both hands and would be significantly diminished for an individual who required the use of a cane, which the ALJ omitted from his analysis.