Bates v. Colvin

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Social Security
Case Number: 
No. 12-3359
Decision Date: 
December 2, 2013
Federal District: 
N.D. Ind., Hammond Div.
Reversed and remanded
Record failed to support ALJ’s denial of claimant’s application for SSI benefits based on claim that she suffered from cervical radiculopathy and psychological conditions that made it difficult for her to sustain employment. While ALJ could properly find that claimant was not credible with respect to her complaints of pain associated with her physical ailments, remand was required because ALJ improperly discredited claimant’s testimony concerning limitations caused by her bi-polar condition and failed to give physician’s opinion with respect to claimant’s mental condition appropriate weight it deserved under treating physician rule.