Byline: Derek Hawkins
7th Circuit Court of Appeals
Case Name: Christopher Jozefyk v. Nancy A. Berryhill
Case No.: 18-1898
Officials: KANNE, HAMILTON, and ST. EVE, Circuit Judges.
Focus: ALJ Error Disability Benefits
Christopher Jozefyk applied for Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income, claiming disability based on several physical and mental conditions, including degenerative changes in his cervical spine, lumbar strain, obesity, affective disorder, and anxiety disorder. An Administrative Law Judge denied benefits, and the district court concluded that substantial evidence supported the ALJ's decision. Jozefyk raises two arguments on appeal: (1) the ALJ did not establish a valid waiver of attorney representation before allowing Jozefyk to proceed pro se at the hearing, and (2) the residual functional capacity...