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Brown v. Colvin

United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Fort Wayne Division

August 13, 2014

ELLEN R. BROWN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CAROLYN COLVIN, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, DEFENDANT.

OPINION AND ORDER

ROBERT L. MILLER, Jr., District Judge.

In August 2010, Ellen Brown lost her job as an injection mould operator and sometimes fork lift operator when her employer decided she couldn't do her job under restrictions her doctor had ordered. Ms. Brown applied for disability insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits, and lost.[1] This is what Ms. Brown said while testifying at the hearing on her petition:

• She experiences sharp shooting pain traveling across her lower back into the inside of her right leg.
• Her pain is constant even with medication that has been prescribed to her.
• She can't work, mostly due to the pain.
• The pain curtails her general activities, too:
• It's hard for her to travel in a car because getting in and out of the car is painful.
• She has to lean on the cart when she goes to the store.
• She spreads her chores out throughout the week because she can't do housework for very long.
• She has to sit while her food cooks and can't stand long enough to prepare the food properly.
• She can't sit for as long as an hour at a time.
• She lies down most of the day.
• If she tries to lift anything heavier than a gallon of milk, pain ...

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