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Hines v. Barnhart

453 F.3d 559 (2006)

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Hines v. Barnhart

United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

453 F.3d 559 (2006)

Facts

Jeffrey Hines (plaintiff) suffered from sickle cell anemia and experienced fatigue and severe pain. Hines applied for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) (defendant). Hines’s treating physician for 17 years, Dr. Myung Kil Jeon, reported that Hines was disabled and could not work because of the pain and fatigue caused by his sickle cell anemia. During Hines’s disability hearing, the administrative-law judge found that Hines was able to work full-time and therefore was not disabled. The administrative-law judge refused to credit Dr. Jeon’s medical opinions regarding Hines’s severe chronic pain. The administrative-law judge found no sign of organ damage, neurological deficits, or swollen limbs and determined that Hines’s pain was not severe enough to preclude him from working. The SSA denied Hines’s application for disability benefits. The district court reversed the denial and granted Hines’s application for benefits after finding that the administrative-law judge failed to properly credit Dr. Jeon’s medical reports. The SSA appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Kelley, J.)

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