Activities of Daily Living – Claim Denied

When an ALJ denies a disability claim, he or she will often recite the claimant’s activities of daily living (ADL) in the decision.   Activities of daily living are often cited as evidence that the claimant is not very limited and/or that he/she is able to perform full time work.  Such an analysis is proper so long as the ALJ does not “cherry-pick” the evidence.   For example, in Kalmbach v. Commissioner of Soc. Sec., 409 Fed.App’x 852 (6th Cir. 2011), the 6th Circuit noted that the claimant’s ability to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, and church, and her ability to prepare her own meals and “dress herself without assistance”, was “hardly consistent with eight hours’ worth of typical work activities.”


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