U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Brault v. Social Security Administration
Judges B.D. Parker, Hall and Wallace
Background: The plaintiff appealed from an order affirming the determination of the Commissioner of Social Security denying his application for disability benefits. Specifically, the plaintiff objected to the court’s reliance of testimony from a vocational expert who testified that the plaintiff was capable of making an adjustment to other types of work.
Ruling: The Second Circuit affirmed. The court found that the decision was supported by substantial evidence and that the administrative law judge was not required to state expressly his reasons for accepting a vocational expert’s testimony.
Anthony B. Lamb for the plaintiff-appellant; Karen B. Burzycki, special assistant U.S. attorney, for the defendant-appellee