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Old 11-22-2011, 06:49 AM   #1
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Partially Favorable Decision, No Back Pay, Should I Appeal?

Had anyone been successful in appealing a Partially Favorable decision with the onset changed and no backpay received? My Judge decided to change my onset date to the date of my 50th birthday so I would win on the Grid Rules. My original onset date was April 7, 2010. I was out on STD 2X, once in 2008 and once in 2009 for 3 months. I tried to go back to work for 4 months and just could not deal with my pain and had to resign in April of 2010. In my decision, the judge said he carrried more weight on the opinions of the State's doctors than my own treating physicians, pain specialist, etc. This is insane! These doctors have never met me before and as we all know, sometimes reading an MRI, etc without meeting the patient you cannot possibly get a full evaluation of what is going on. This should not be allowed in my opinion! At any rate, I was wondering if I should go this route and possibly risk my monthly benefits and/or getting my partially favorable decision denied altogether. I am also not confident that I can receive benefits while appealing the onset date. Any help you could provide would be appreciate!! Thanks!

 
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