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Friday, July 20, 2012

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In Shideler v. Astrue (ND Ind., Miller), a 15-page opinion, Circuit Judge Manion writes:

Bradley Shideler suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, also called “brittle bone disease.” In 2006, he applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, and after holding an evidentiary hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) found that despite Shideler’s limitations, there were a sufficient number of jobs in the regional economy available to a person with his restrictions, and denied his application. When the Appeals Council denied review, the ALJ’s decision became the final decision of the Social Security Commissioner, and Shideler sought relief from the federal district court. The district court affirmed the Commissioner’s decision, and Shideler now appeals to this court. Because there is substantial evidence in support of the decision to deny benefits, we affirm. * * *

The ALJ’s reasons for finding Shideler’s testimony to be not fully credible are sound and are not “patently wrong.” Whatever Shideler’s current condition is, the ALJ’s decision finding that Shideler was not disabled as of March 31, 2000 is supported by substantial evidence. While the members of the court sympathize with Shideler due to his condition, that condition did not rise to the level of a disability prior to his date last insured. We AFFIRM.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 20, 2012 12:15 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions