No. 13-2037.

735 F.3d 976 (2013)

Tony CERENTANO, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. UMWA HEALTH AND RETIREMENT FUNDS, Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.

Decided November 22, 2013.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Kenneth John Brennan , Kenbrennan Law, PC, Edwardsville, IL, for Plaintiff-Appellant.

Kathleen Marie Dowd , Glenda S. Finch , Umwa Health and Retirement Funds Office of the General Counsel, Washington, DC, Emily R. Perez , Greg A. Campbell , Hammond, Shinners, Turcotte, Larrew & Young, St. Louis, MO, for Defendant-Appellee.

Before WOOD, Chief Judge, and FLAUM and TINDER, Circuit Judges.

FLAUM, Circuit Judge.

From 1978 to 2000, Tony Cerentano worked as a coal miner. He was injured in fifteen mining incidents and received six separate awards of permanent partial disability, but he was able to return to work after each injury. In 2005, Cerentano's car was rear-ended, resulting in more injuries. After this accident, Cerentano sought and was awarded Social Security disability benefits. He then applied for disability pension benefits under the United Mine...

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