Garcia v. Colvin

Federal 7th Circuit Court
Civil Court
Social Security
Case Number: 
No. 13-2120
Decision Date: 
December 20, 2013
Federal District: 
N.D. Ind., Hammond Div.
Reversed and remanded
Record failed to support ALJ’s denial of claimant’s application for Social Security disability benefits based on claimant’s cirrhosis of liver, low platelet count, hepatitis C and umbilical hernia conditions, where two doctors, including one employed by Social Security Administration, agreed that claimant could not engage in any gainful activity, and record otherwise showed that claimant’s medical conditions were so severe that he could not receive medical treatment to improve his condition. Fact that claimant’s employer at time claimant ceased to work would have allowed claimant to take two or three days off per week because of claimant’s ailments did not require different result where said employer made offer only because of claimant’s specialized expertise. Ct. further noted that ALJ committed series of factual errors when denying instant application.