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Ambers v. Heckler
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
736 F.2d 1467 (1984)
Helen Ambers (plaintiff) applied for Social Security disability benefits after having worked as a domestic, a babysitter, a waitress, and a laborer performing yard work. Ambers’s literacy was below a first-grade level, and she had a performance IQ of 52, meeting the Social Security Administration’s listing of impairments for mental retardation. However, following a hearing in which a vocational expert testified that Ambers had the residual functional capacity for light work and could perform former unskilled work, an administrative-law judge (ALJ) found Ambers not disabled. The ALJ’s decision became the final decision of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Margaret Heckler (defendant). Ambers sued the secretary in a United States district court. The district court affirmed the secretary’s denial of benefits based on the finding that Ambers could perform former work. Ambers appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Roney, J.)
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