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Eads v. Secretary of Health and Human Services

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
983 F.2d 815 (1993)


Facts

Thomas Eads (plaintiff) filed a claim for social security disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (defendant) based on his diabetes and extreme obesity. At a hearing, Eads claimed that he was unable to work because he had to keep his legs elevated periodically. Eads presented no medical evidence to the administrative law judge (ALJ) substantiating his claim. The ALJ denied Eads’s claim for benefits. Eads requested that the Appeals Council of the Social Security Administration review the decision of the ALJ. In support of his request, Eads submitted a letter from his doctor indicating that Eads could not sit for more than half an hour at a time. The Appeals Council refused to review the ALJ’s decision. The district court refused to consider the doctor’s letter and affirmed the decision of the ALJ. Eads appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Posner, J.)

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