Roddy v. Astrue

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Social Security
Case Number: 
No. 12-1682
Decision Date: 
January 18, 2013
Federal District: 
S.D. Ind., New Albany Div.
Vacated and remanded
Record failed to contain sufficient evidence to support ALJ’s denial of claimant’s application for Social Security disability benefits based upon her degenerative disc disease. While ALJ found that claimant could perform sedentary jobs, ALJ failed to explain why he rejected contrary opinion from claimant’s treating physician, especially where said opinion regarding claimant’s pain was supported by tests given to claimant. Fact that claimant attempted to work full-time after treating physician provided her with six-hour per day restriction did not require different result. ALJ also improperly gave claimant negative credibility finding based on her failure to seek medical treatment after 2006 or fact that she was able to perform household chores.