The limitations period for amending records to determine a self-employed person’s eligibility for Social Security disability coverage cannot be equitably tolled, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.

Despite regrets that “the result in the case seems harsh to us,” the circuit said it was bound by congressional intent and was forced to prevent a mentally ill man from getting a break on the limitations period in Acierno v. Barnhart, 03-6217-cv.

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