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Administrative: Social Security Disability Benefits-Residual Functional Capacity-Failure to Address Treating Physician’s Testimony

Plaintiff appealed an administrative law judge’s decision denying plaintiff’s application for Social Security disability benefits. The ALJ concluded plaintiff had a residual functional capacity for sedentary work with some physical restrictions, based on the testimony of several non-treating physicians who examined plaintiff.

Where ALJ failed to give reasons for accepting testimony of non-treating physicians over testimony of plaintiff’s primary-care physician, who opined plaintiff lacked the residual functional capacity found by ALJ, district court erred in affirming the ALJ’s denial of disability benefits.

Judgment is reversed and remanded.

Walker v. Comm’r, Social Security Admin. (MLW No. 72504/Case No. 18-1457 – 6 pages) (U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, Shepherd, J.) Appealed from U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas