Kastner v. Astrue

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Social Security
Case Number: 
No. 11-1166
Decision Date: 
October 10, 2012
Federal District: 
S.D. Ind., Evansville Div.
Reversed and remanded
Record failed to support ALJ’s denial of claimant’s application for Social Security benefits based on claimant’s degenerative disc disorder. While ALJ found that claimant’s impairments, although severe, did not meet listed requirements for presumptive disabling condition, remand was required because ALJ did not adequately explain why claimant had not met such requirements. Moreover, Ct. noted that record contained evidence that claimant had spine-related lack of range-of-motion, as well as muscle atrophy that would support finding of presumptive disability, and ALJ could not just ignore such evidence when rendering ruling.