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“zombified” – two social security cases

May 25, 2012

The word “zombified” appears in only two Federal Court opinions (both rather recent and both social security related): Edwards v. Astrue (2009) and Lane v. Astrue (2012). Both cases involve plaintiff’s alleging disability based on physical symptoms and diagnosed psychological conditions of depression and anxiety.

CARRIE E. EDWARDS, Plaintiff, vs. MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
CIVIL ACTION 08-00743-B
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, NORTHERN DIVISION
2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126271
March 25, 2009, Decided
March 26, 2010, Filed

At the request of the Agency, Plaintiff underwent a physical evaluation on December 30, 2005 by Alan M. Babb, M.D. Dr. Babb noted that Plaintiff appeared “almost robotic and zombified,” and stared at the floor throughout the interview. He also noted that Plaintiff appeared severely retarded and emotionally devastated by the abuse.

ANTHONY P. LANE, Plaintiff, v. MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner, Social Security Administration, Defendant.
No. 09 C 3277
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS, EASTERN DIVISION
2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 64749
May 8, 2012, Decided
May 8, 2012, Filed

Plaintiff also claimed that side effects he experienced from his medication during the period of disability included weight fluctuation, inability to operate vehicles or machinery, and feeling “zombified.”

Both of these cases resulted in the case being remanded to Social Security for further proceedings.

Thanks to BrotherTom for the encouragement and reminder about the word “zombified”. 🙂

And Thank you to Social Security News Blog, for posting a link to this page.

See also more ZombieLaw Social Security related cases

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