Combs v. Berryhill, No. 16-2849 (8th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's order affirming the ALJ's denial of plaintiff's application for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income. The court held that the ALJ erred in relying on his own inferences about what plaintiff's medical providers meant when they noted in her medical records that she was in "no acute distress" and had "normal movement of all extremities" to determine her residual functioning capacity. The court explained that remand was necessary so the ALJ may conduct further inquiry as to what relevance plaintiff's being in "no acute distress" and having "normal movement of all extremities" has in terms of plaintiff's ability to function in the workplace.
The court issued a subsequent related opinion or order on December 28, 2017.