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Victories in federal court

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8 Victories in Federal Court


Diaz v. Colvin, 4:13-cv-04034-SLD: Reversed and remanded by the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois because the ALJ ignored favorable evidence, particularly several low GAF scores in the 40s assessed by multiple treating sources over eighteen months.


Robertson v. Astrue, 3:12-cv-50375: Reversed and remanded by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division, because the ALJ failed to comply with the treating source rule in discarding the opinion of Ms. Robertson’s treating physician that Ms. Robertson would need to lie down for 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a day to relieve her back pain.


Mirabile v. Colvin, 3:13-cv-50237: Reversed and remanded by the U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division, because the ALJ failed to comply with the treating source rule in discarding a physician’s opinion that L.M., a minor, was disabled. The Court also noted that the ALJ erred in failing to properly determine the credibility of L.M’s mother and ignored favorable evidence.


Bloyer v. Colvin, 3:13-cv-50356: Reversed and remanded by the U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois, Western Division, because the ALJ failed to explain why W.B., a minor, did not meet the listing for anxiety disorders or functionally equal the childhood disability listings. The Court also noted that the ALJ had improperly assumed that W.B. could not have marked limitations in attending and completing tasks absent a diagnosis of ADHD.


Fort v. Colvin, 3:14-cv-50019: The Social Security Administration agreed to remand the case, rather than fight the case in federal court, because the ALJ minimally discussed Ms. Fort’s cervical and lumbar spine conditions and failed to discuss relevant diagnostic imaging.


Pendergrass v. Colvin, 3:13-cv-50308: The Social Security Administration agreed to remand the case because the agency was unable to produce a transcript of the administrative proceedings. On remand, we were able to secure a favorable decision for Ms. Pendergrass, allowing for back pay and monthly disability benefits.


Lira v. Colvin, 3:14-cv-50075: The Social Security Administration agreed to remand the case because the ALJ failed to give Ms. Lira an opportunity to fully testify and failed to take vocational expert testimony.


Fitzpatrick v. Colvin, 3:14-cv-50097: The Social Security Administration agreed to remand the case because the ALJ failed to properly explain how Ms. Fitzpatrick’s limitations in concentration, persistence and pace would limit her ability to work on a sustained basis.