October 23, 2019

An administrative tribunal's consideration of all relevant evidence is critical to a court's finding that its decision was based on substantial evidence


Although the Appellate Division opined that it "is unquestionably within the province of the Comptroller to evaluate conflicting medical opinions and credit one expert over another," the court explained that the medical opinion relied on must be based upon, among other things, a review of all the relevant medical records.

Finding that in this instance there is not indications that the Retirement System's medical expert reviewed certain medical evidence submitted to the System, the Appellate Division said it agreed with the claimant for accident disability retirement benefits [Claimant] that there is no basis upon which to conclude that the System's medical expert's opinion would have remained unchanged in light of the certain findings that objectively supported the Claimant's medical expert's diagnosis.

As the Comptroller relied upon an expert opinion "that was not founded upon a review of all the relevant medical records," the Appellate Division concluded that substantial evidence does not support the Comptroller's determination that Claimant was not permanently disabled and annulled the Comptroller's determination and remitted the matter to the Comptroller "for further proceedings not inconsistent with this Court's decision."

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