O’Connor-Spinner v. Colvin, a case from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, involves a claimant who was suffering from a degenerative disk disease, severe sleep apnea, restrictive lung disease, obesity, and depression. In this case, unlike many other Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) appeals, there was no dispute as to the existence or severity of claimant’s physical medical condition.
According to claimant, these conditions make it only possible for her to perform light work. However, her depression made impossible to perform any work. The singular issue in this appeal is whether her depression did in fact render her unable to work. This was the second time the Court of Appeals had heard this issue, as the claimant had applied for disability benefits earlier, and the court of appeals found the judge had not properly questioned experts in this case. Continue reading →