Six years after he suffered a stroke at age 46 that ended his career as a truck driver, Paul McCadney faces still more legal proceedings in his effort to collect Social Security supplemental security income and disability insurance payments.

An administrative law judge for the Social Security Administration concluded that McCadney could still work as a janitor, and denied those benefits.

But a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at St. Louis on Monday sent the case back to federal district court at Little Rock. The appeals panel ruled that it wasn’t clear if the administrative law judge took into account or discounted the findings of a psychologist who concluded that McCadney suffered from dementia, adjustment disorder and avoidant personality.

“It would seem that these diagnoses would have an effect on McCadney’s ability to work,” Senior Circuit Judge C. Arlen Beam wrote in Monday’s ruling.

 

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