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SSDI - WEIGHT OF MEDICAL EVIDENCE

Reynolds v. Commissioner of Social Security, 14 The plaintiff filed an application for DIB benefits, alleging cervical and lumbar degenerative disc disease with residuals of surgery. Dr. Smith was her treating neurosurgeon from 1999-2000; he performed the first of her four back surgeries. In 2000, the plaintiff discontinued treatment with Dr. Smith. Six years later, with Dr. Smith now employed but the American Board of Independent Medical Examiners, the state agency hired him to perform a consultative exam of the plaintiff and to produce an RFC assessment. Following the plaintiff’s first hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) denied benefits, relying heavily on the reports from Dr. Smit

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