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Bladow v. Apfel

205 F.3d 356 (2000)

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Bladow v. Apfel

United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

205 F.3d 356 (2000)

Facts

Tony Bladow (plaintiff) applied for Social Security disability benefits, claiming he was disabled due to constant radiating pain in his right leg and occasional weakness in his right arm. Bladow’s application was denied initially, upon reconsideration, and following a hearing before an administrative-law judge (ALJ). The ALJ’s decision became the final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Kenneth Apfel (defendant). The ALJ considered a Functional Capacities Evaluation (FCE) that concluded Bladow could perform medium-level work with a diminished work schedule, like two-hour days working up to four, and could perform light work, possibly tolerating four-hour days and gradually increasing his hours. The ALJ concluded that Bladow was not disabled, after finding that although Bladow’s limitations did not allow him to perform the full range of light work, there were a significant number of jobs existing in the national economy that Bladow could still perform. Bladow sought judicial review of the ALJ’s decision. A district court granted summary judgment in favor of the commissioner, and Bladow appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lay, J.)

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