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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

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

In Stage v. Colvin (ND Ind., Van Bokkelen), an 11-page opinion, Judge Hamilton writes:

Debbie Stage appeals the district court’s judgment upholding the denial of her application for supplemental security income, disability insurance benefits, and disabled widow’s benefits. Stage was 56 years old at the time of the decision. She suffers from chronic back and hip problems exacerbated by obesity, caused in turn by hypothy roidism. She argues that the administrative law judge erred by discounting significant new evidence she submitted after an agency doctor had reviewed her medical records, by giving little weight to her treating physician’s opinion, by discrediting her testimony about her pain without adequate support, and by overstating her residual functional capacity. We agree with Stage that the ALJ’s evaluation of her medical evidence was unreasonable and that substantial evidence does not support his finding that she remained capable of performing light work. We reverse the district court’s judgment and remand this case to the agency for further consideration.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 9, 2016 11:30 AM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions