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Boatner v. Berryhill
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi
2018 WL 2191804 (2018)
Carl Boatner (plaintiff) was diagnosed with coronary-artery disease, two liver diseases, diabetes, obesity, spine disorders, high blood pressure, anxiety disorder, and major depressive disorder. In 2015 Boatner spent months in hospice care after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Boatner’s doctors regularly described him as chronically ill and disabled. Boatner applied for and was denied disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) (defendant) several times, deepening Boatner’s depression. The last administrative-law judge who reviewed Boatner’s application for disability benefits found that Boatner did not have any medical issues that met a listed impairment within the SSA’s definitions of disability. The administrative-law judge ignored various medical notes that described Boatner’s spinal issues, ministrokes, and respiratory problems. The administrative-law judge also failed to examine the various side effects that Boatner’s 15 medications could cause and routinely misinterpreted medical records. Boatner appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Reeves, J.)
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