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Armstrong v. Sullivan
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
814 F. Supp. 1364 (1993)
Armstrong (plaintiff) filed applications for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income in October 1988, claiming that she was disabled due to bursitis in her left arm, arthritis, dizzy spells, bleeding ulcers, and diabetes. Armstrong’s initial application was denied. Following a hearing and based on medical records dating back to 1982 and testimony from Armstrong and a vocational expert, an administrative-law judge (ALJ) affirmed the denials after finding that Armstrong suffered from several severe impairments but that she was able to perform her prior work as a cashier because she had the residual functional capacity to perform the semi-skilled and unskilled sedentary work. Prior to applying for benefits, Armstrong’s most relevant work was as a cook and cashier for a barbeque restaurant. The ALJ’s decision became the final decision of the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Louis W. Sullivan (defendant). Armstrong sued Sullivan in a United States district court to have the secretary’s denial reversed and remanded.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Sparks, J.)
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