Virginia District Court Reverses ALJ
July 1, 2016. Here, a claimant was denied benefits after the ALJ found that her medically determinable impairments of urinary urgency and incontinence, joint pain in multiple joints, back pain, headaches, parenthesias, edema, and obesity were not considered “severe”, despite medical evidence and the opinion of the claimant’s treating physician showing otherwise. The district court disagreed with the ALJ, finding that he failed to properly evaluate the required factors when determining that a treating source’s opinion is not entitled to controlling weight and rather, discounted the entire opinion in one conclusory sentence. The district court summarized that the ALJ failed to build an analytical bridge to the conclusion that the claimant had no severe impairment and reversed the opinion, remanding for further proceedings.