Ghiselli v. Colvin, No. 14-2380 (7th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
In 2010, Ghiselli applied for disability insurance benefits under the Social Security Act, claiming that she was unable to work due to a combination of health problems that included degenerative disc disease, asthma, and obesity. She asserted that she had been employed as a retail customer service manager and was disabled by injuries she suffered at her job on August 6, 2007, when a customer struck her in the back with a shopping cart. After her initial application and her request for reconsideration were denied, an administrative law judge found that she was not disabled despite her impairments. The district court, reviewing the ALJ’s decision under 42 U.S.C. 405(g), held that the decision was supported by substantial evidence, and affirmed. The Seventh Circuit reversed, reasoning that the ALJ erred in finding that she lacked credibility based on certain purportedly inconsistent statements.