Bjornson v. Astrue

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Social Security
Case Number: 
No. 11-2422
Decision Date: 
January 31, 2012
Federal District: 
N.D. Ill., E. Div.
Reversed and remanded
Record failed to support ALJ's denial of claimant's application for social security disability benefits where claimant suffered from severe headaches, as well as severe back pain that, according to claimant, prevented her from doing more that sitting for 1.5 hours, standing for 1 hour and walking for .5 hours during 8-hour shift. ALJ neglected to provide specific evidence to support finding that claimant's pain complaints were not credible and also ignored treating physician's opinion that headaches were essentially untreatable except to give powerful drugs that would prevent claimant from working. ALJ also failed to establish evidentiary bridge to support conclusion that claimant could work full-time in sedentary occupation.