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Hrynko v. Berryhill

United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division

July 23, 2018

DONNA LYNN HRYNKO Plaintiff,
v.
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant.

          OPINION AND ORDER

          JOSEPH S. VAN BOKKELEN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         Plaintiff Donna Lynn Hrynko seeks judicial review of the Social Security Commissioner's decision denying her disability benefits, and asks this Court to remand the case. For the reasons below, this Court remands the ALJ's decision.

         A. Overview of the Case

         Plaintiff alleges that she became disabled on August 3, 2010. (R. at 366.) Plaintiff most recently worked at Walgreens, but has not worked since 2010. (R. at 37-38.) The Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) found that Plaintiff suffered from severe physical and mental impairments. (R. at 13.) However, the ALJ concluded that she could perform other jobs that existed in significant numbers. (R. at 22.) Therefore, the ALJ denied her benefits. (R. at 23.) This decision became final when the Appeals Council denied Plaintiff's request for review. (R. at 1.) Plaintiff previously applied for disability benefits in 2010, but a different ALJ denied her benefits. (R. at 128-41.) Plaintiff's request to reopen that decision was denied. (R. at 11.)

         B. Standard of Review

         This Court has authority to review the Commissioner's decision under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). The Court will ensure that the ALJ built an “accurate and logical bridge” from evidence to conclusion. Thomas v. Colvin, 745 F.3d 802, 806 (7th Cir. 2014). The Court will uphold decisions that apply the correct legal standard and are supported by substantial evidence. Briscoe ex rel. Taylor v. Barnhart, 425 F.3d 345, 351 (7th Cir. 2005). Evidence is substantial if it is such “that a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support [the ALJ's] conclusion.” Richardson v. Perales, 402 U.S. 389, 401 (1971).

         C. Disability Standard

         The Commissioner follows a five-step inquiry in evaluating claims for disability benefits under the Social Security Act:

(1) whether the claimant is currently employed; (2) whether the claimant has a severe impairment; (3) whether the claimant's impairment is one that the Commissioner considers conclusively disabling; (4) if the claimant does not have a conclusively disabling impairment, whether he can perform his past relevant work; and (5) whether the claimant is capable of performing any work in the national economy.

Kastner v. Astrue, 697 F.3d 642, 646 (7th Cir. 2012).

         The claimant bears the burden of proof at every step except step five. Clifford v. Apfel, 227 F.3d 863, 868 (7th Cir. 2000).

         D. Analysis

         Plaintiff argues that the ALJ erred in finding that she was not disabled. Specifically, Plaintiff argues that the ALJ, in his Residual Functional Capacity (“RFC”) analysis, improperly discounted Plaintiff's mental and physical impairments. Additionally, Plaintiff claims that the RFC includes limitations that do not actually address Plaintiff's impairments. Plaintiff is correct.

         (1) The ALJ Improperly Discounted ...


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