U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
Public Health — disability benefits
Where the ALJ failed to take into account a disability’s claimants RFC, the denial of benefits is reversed.
“Based on the record, we conclude that the ALJ failed to build the accurate and logical bridge from the evidence to her conclusion so that, we as a reviewing court, could assess the validity of her ultimate findings and afford Murphy meaningful judicial review. Young v. Barnhart, 362 F.3d 995, 1002 (7th Cir. 2004). The ALJ’s RFC determination is inadequate because it is not supported by substantial evidence, such as a doctor’s functional assessment, or Dr. Mayer’s notes and Murphy was not discredited to the point where the ALJ could not rely on her testimony. Based on these facts, the RFC assessment does not take into account Murphy’s asserted inability to lift no more than twenty pounds at a time, carry objects weighing up to ten pounds, or stand or walk for six hours of an eight-hour workday.” Reversed and Remanded.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Kim, Mag. J., Williams, J.