Texas District Court Reverses ALJ
September 21, 2016. In this case, the ALJ denied benefits to a 49-year-old claimant with several severe impairments, including obesity, chronic pain syndrome, and lumbar degenerative disc disease. Included in the medical record were several medical opinions of the Agency’s own examining and non-examining physicians, as well as the claimant’s treating specialists that the ALJ either discounted or did not discuss at all. We successfully argued that the ALJ’s failure to consider these opinions left his decision to be unsupported by substantial evidence. In particular, the opinion of the claimant’s longtime orthopedic surgeon that limited him to no more than part-time work, and that he suffered a chronic disability was outcome determinative. The district court reversed and remanded for further proceedings.