Koch v. Kijakazi, No. 19-3421 (8th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Eighth Circuit reversed the district court's decision affirming the ALJ's termination of plaintiff's disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income, because substantial evidence does not support the termination of benefits. In this case, plaintiff alleged that her disability began in July 2012 due to degenerative disc disease (DDD), bulging disc, irritable bowel syndrome, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
The court concluded that substantial evidence on the record as a whole does not support the finding that plaintiff's pain significantly improved to the point where she would no longer miss two days or more of work per month. In this case, the ALJ erroneously discounted plaintiff's allegations regarding her pain and also erroneously discounted other physicians' opinions. Finally, the court concluded that substantial evidence did not support the residual functioning capacity finding. The court remanded with instructions to return the case to the Social Security Administration for a new medical-improvement evaluation.