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-Jones v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of Title XVI Social Security income benefits. Court found that the ALJ properly developed the record and the ALJ did not fail to fulfill his duty in this request. Court also found the record contained substantial evidence for the ALJ's credibility determination. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.10/30/2015
-Vega v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found the ALJ erred in applying adult criteria when K.I.V. is a child. Court reversed and remanded with instructions for the ALJ to apply the correct "child" criteria.09/10/2015
-Howes v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of Title II Social Security disability insurance benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found the ALJ's RFC determination is supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole and the ALJ properly analyzed the claimant's credibility. Court found the ALJ's failure to ask the VE if his testimony was consistent with the DOT was harmless error that does not require remand. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed. 08/24/2015
-Thedford v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of Title II Social Security disability insurance benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found that the ALJ's RFC determination is supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole and that the ALJ properly analyzed the claimant's credibility. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed. 07/30/2015
-Crum v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of Title II Social Security disablity insurance benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found the law of the case doctrine did not preclude the ALJ, on remand, from making new findings as to Crum's RFC. Court also found the ALJ properly analyzed evidence that could support inconsistent conclusions and made RFC findings that are within the permissible zone of choice. The Court concluded the ALJ's second RFC determination is supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole. Court also found the VE identified available positions in the national economy and the VE's testimony concerning both positions is consistent with the DOT. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed. 07/17/2015
-McIntire v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial for Title II Social Security Disabiltiy benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found the ALJ erred in using McIntire's return to work as evidence that she was not disabled without first considering whether she was entitled to a trial work period. Court also found the ALJ failed to properly analyze the psychological consultant's opinion, as directed, on remand. Court found the ALJ did not commit error by failing to take additional steps to develop the record concerning McIntire's employment. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be reversed and remanded for further proceedings. 06/25/2015
-Schnee v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found the ALJ's findings were not inconsistent with regard to Schnee's drug addiction and alcoholism impairment. Court found substantial evidence on the record as a whole supported the ALJ's findings that Schnee was disabled prior to February 17, 2012, and that drug addiction and alcoholism was a contributing factor material to disability. Court found the ALJ properly found that Schnee was no longer disabled after February 17, 2012. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.06/25/2015
-Ackerman v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II Social Security Disability benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found the ALJ gave proper weight to the opinions of a non-treating medical source and a licensed mental health counselor. Court found the ALJ gave sufficient reasons for discounting the opinions. Court also found the Appeals Council properly refused to consider a psychologist's report when the report did not address medical conditions occurring during the relevant time period. Court found substantial evidence supported the ALJ's RFC assessment. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed. 06/16/2015
-Cowles v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II Social Security disability insurance benefits. Court found the medical evidence substantially supports the ALJ's decision regarding the severity of Cowles' impairments and that the ALJ pointed to specific portions of the record showing that Cowles' impairment had no more than a minimal effect on her ability to work. Court also found the ALJ provided good reasons, supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole, for affording little weight to the medical opinions of Cowles' nurse practitioner and examining physical thearpist. Court found substantial evidence supports the ALJ's finding that Cowles has past relevant work as a waitress because she performed that job at the substantial gainful activity level in 1997. Count affirmed ALJ's decision.04/24/2015
-Mann v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II Social Security disability insurance benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found the ALJ did not impose an "objective evidence" requirement when determining Mann's RFC and there was substantial evidence to support the RFC determination. However, Court found the ALJ failed to address Listing 11.03 when determining whether Mann's severe migraines meet or medically equal the severity of a listed impairment. Court also found the ALJ failed to develop the record fully and fairly, as the record contains no opinion evidence from any treating or examining source as to Mann's RFC. Case reversed and remanded for further proceedings. 04/23/2015
-Berry v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II Social Security Disability benefits. Court found there was substantial evidence supporting the ALJ's conclusion that Berry's migraine headaches were non-severe. Court also found there was substantial evidence supporting the ALJ's finding that Berry had the RFC to perform light work with no additional limitations for pace and concentration. Court found the ALJ properly considered all impairments and reviewed the record as a whole. Court entered judgment in favor of the Commissioner and against Berry.02/24/2015
-Wikstrom v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found that the ALJ properly weighed the medical opinion evidence and properly evaluated Wikstrom's credibility. Court found the ALJ's formulation of Wikstrom's RFC was supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.02/23/2015
-Gann v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found that the ALJ properly determined certain impairments to be non-severe and that the ALJ's formulation of plaintiff's RFC was supported by substantial evidence. Court also found that the ALJ provided good reasons for discounting plaintiff's credibility. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.01/30/2015
-Katherine Allen v. Carolyn W. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI Supplemental Security Income benefits. Court found ALJ's decision that Allen's asthma was not a severe impairment is supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole. Court found ALJ's failure to develop a full and fair record was unfair and prejudicial. Court also found ALJ did not provide good reasons for discrediting other medical source opinions or Allen's credibility. Court recommended the ALJ's determination be reversed and remanded for further proceedings. 01/23/2015
-Mathies v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ did not provide good reasons for discrediting treating physicians' opinions and failed to provide good reasons for giving great weight to a non-examining source's opinion. Court also found ALJ referenced relevant factors and provided an explanation supported by substantial evidence for discrediting claimant's testimony. Court recommended the ALJ's determination be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.12/09/2014
-Kennedy v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II Social Security Disability benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security income benefits. Court found ALJ's assessment of plaintiff Kennedy's credibility was proper and supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole. Court also found ALJ afforded proper weight to Kennedy's subjective allegations and ALJ's determination that Kennedy was not disabled was supported by substantial evidence in the record. Court entered judgment in favor of the Commissioner and against Kennedy.09/16/2014
-Rollefson v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's analysis and consideration of Rollefson's credibility, VE's testimony, and vocational evaluation were proper and supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole. Court affirmed ALJ's decision.09/08/2014
-Rozeboom v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not provide good reasons for discrediting treating therapist's opinion and did not explain how medical evidence supported RFC determination. Court recommended that case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings for the ALJ to either obtain additional medical evidence from claimant's treatng psychiatrist or a consultative examiner or explain how existing medical evidence supports the RFC determination.07/23/2014
-Barrows v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ had appropriately indicated he considered obesity in determining the claimant's RFC and ALJ's evaluation of claimant's mental RFC was supported by substantial evidence. Court found ALJ's evaluation of claimant's physical RFC was not supported by substantial evidence and ALJ had failed to fully and fairly develop the record to support a Step Five determination that claimant could perform other work available in the national economy. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.07/01/2014
-Gutierrez v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found new and material evidence from treating physician was not credible and did not require reversal. Court also found ALJ's credibility determination and RFC and hypothetical question to the VE were supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.06/25/2014
-Thimmesch v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's analysis of medical opinions, credibility and VE testimony was supported by substantial evidence. However, ALJ erred at Step Three by failing to discuss whether claimant's impairments were medically equal to Listing 12.05C or why this Listing was ignored. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.05/27/2014
-Kruger v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's analysis of claimant's mental impairments was supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole. However, ALJ did not meet burden at Step Five concerning claimant's physical impairments because there was no medical opinion from a treating or examining source and the medical evidence was insufficient to establish claimant's ability to perform competitive work. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.04/21/2014
-King v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's analysis of consultative examiners' opinions and treating psychiatrists's notes were supported by substantial evidence as was ALJ's credibility determination. Court found ALJ did not meet burden at Step Five though because there were no medical opinions from a treating or examining source on work-related limitations associated with claimant's physical impairments. Case reversed and remanded for further proceedings.04/04/2014
-Walker v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's credibility determination was supported by substantial evidence, but ALJ did not meet burden at Step Five because there was no medical evidence from a treating or examining source on the work-related limitations associated with claimant's severe impairment of recurrent headaches. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings. 04/03/2014
-Murphy v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found that substantial evidence supported ALJ's finding that claimant could perform past relevant work and ALJ appropriately considered claimant's receipt of unemployment benefits in evaluating her credibility. Court found ALJ erred, however, by failing to discuss the weight he gave the consultative examiner's opinion and failing to provide good reasons supported by substantial evidence for discrediting the treating physician's opinion. Case reversed and remanded for further proceedings.03/26/2014
-DeVary v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found that substantial evidence supported ALJ's finding that claimant had RFC to perform sedentary work. Court also found substantial evidence supported ALJ's credibility assessment and Step Five determination that other work existed in the national economy that claimant could perform. ALJ's decision was affirmed.03/19/2014
-Bauerly v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's evaluation of the medical evidence and claimant's credibiltiy was supported by substantial evidence. Court also found ALJ obtained appropriate testimony from a vocatonal expert on claimant's ability to perform work available in the national economy. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.03/11/2014
-Niebaum v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ failed to fully and fairly develop the record by not obtaining medical opinions from an examining source as to claimant's mental and physical work-related limitations. ALJ's credibiltiy determination was also not supported by good reasons or substantial evidence. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.03/04/2014
-Tennyson v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's evaluation of the treating psychologist's opinion and claimant's credibility was supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole. Court also found that ALJ's decision remained supported by substantial evidence when considering the new evidence in the record from claimant's nurse practitioner and vocational rehabilitation services.02/10/2014
-Ramos v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found the ALJ properly evaluated the medical opinions and claimant's credibilty. Although the ALJ mistakenly used a more limited RFC in determining if claimant could perform other work in the national economy and referred to a non-treating source as a treating source, the court found these errors did not warrant reversal. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.01/29/2014
-Kunik v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ failed to consider relevant medical evidence in evaluating claimant's RFC and credibility. Court reversed and remanded the case for further proceedings to allow the ALJ to consider the evidence and additional evidence that had been submitted to the Appeals Council.01/27/2014
-Gulick v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's weighting of the medical opinions and RFC determination were supported by substantial evidence but Commissioner did not meet burden at Step Five in determining whether claimant could perform work that existed in significant numbers in the national economy. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.01/17/2014
-Whited v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's evaluation of the medical opinions was supported by substantial evidence and the ALJ adequately accounted for all of the claimant's impairments and related limitations in the RFC and hypothetical question to the VE. ALJ's credibility determination was also supported by substantial evidence. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.01/09/2014
-Figgins v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not err in weighing medical evidence or discrediting claimant's allegations, but the ALJ should have obtained a medical opinion from a treatment source or consultative examiner regarding claimant's work-related limitations. Court recommended remand for the ALJ to obtain this evidence and re-evaluate whether claimant retained the RFC necessary to perform work that exists in the national economy.01/02/2014
-Vantuyl v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not err by failing to address all of the limitations identified by the state agency consultants or by failing to discuss certain evidence in evaluating the claimant's credibility. Court found ALJ's decision was supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole. ALJ's decision was affirmed.11/20/2013
-Ditsworth v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found substantial evidence supported ALJ's analysis of claimant's credibility and the medical opinion evidence. Court also found the ALJ properly applied the Act's definition of disability and asked hypothetical questions that incorporated all of the claimant's proven impairments. ALJ's decision was affirmed. 11/12/2013
-Sneller v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application of Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found the ALJ provided good reasons supported by substantial evidence for discrediting the opinions of the treating physician and the claimant's subjective allegations. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.11/07/2013
-Phalakhone v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found the ALJ erred by failing to order a new consultative examination after rejecting the first consultative examiner's opinion because she was not an acceptable medical source. The ALJ further erred by drawing his own inferences from the medical evidence when he cited the lack of objective medical evidence as the basis to discredit only the medical opinions identifying a sitting limitation, but found the same evidence sufficient to support other opinions/limitations. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.11/04/2013
-Al-Hameed v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application of Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not provide good reasons for giving no weight to the claimant's treating physician's opinion and failed to obtain a medical opinion addressing the claimant's work-related limitations for her mental impairment. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further proceedings.11/04/2013
-Loftis v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not meet burden at Step 5 because there were no medical opinions supporting the claimant's RFC to perform other work available in the national economy. Court reversed and remanded the case for further proceedings to allow the ALJ to attempt to obtain medical opinions.10/16/2013
-Kohn v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application of Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found the ALJ provided good reasons for discrediting the claimant and her husband and properly weighed the medical opinions in determining the claimant's RFC. The ALJ appropriately incorporated the limitations from his RFC finding into the hypothetical question to the VE. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.09/26/2013
-Carter v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application of Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's evaluation of the medical evidence was supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole and the hypothetical question submitted to the VE accounted for all of the claimant's credible impairments. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.09/26/2013
-Hattig v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's decision was not supported by substantial evidence because there was no medical evidence of the claimant's work-related limitations to support the ALJ's finding at Step Five that the claimant could perform other work available in the national economy. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further development of the record.09/16/2013
-Henn v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found the ALJ's analysis of whether the claimant suffered repeated episodes of decompensation and whether substance use was a contributing factor material to a finding of disability were not supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole. The ALJ also erred in his evaluation of the medical evidence and the credibility of the claimant and third parties. Court recommended remand with instructions to conduct new analyses on these issues.09/05/2013
-Lopez v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ provided good reasons for the weight she gave to the medical opinions in the record and for discrediting claimant's subjective allegations. The VE's testimony based on the ALJ's hypothetical question was also supported by substantial evidence. Court affirmed the ALJ's decision that claimant was not disabled. 08/13/2013
-McCormick v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ erred in evaluating the treating physician's opinion and the claimant's credibility. Court recommended the case be reversed and remanded for further consideration and findings.07/26/2013
-Simmonds v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ's credibility determination and hypothetical question to the VE were supported by substantial evidence and affirmed the ALJ's decision that claimant was not disabled. 07/19/2013
-Tedford v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ's decision was not supported by substantial evidence because he failed to consider her somatization disorder diagnosis at step two and at step four in conducting his credibility analysis while determining her RFC. Case reversed and remanded for further proceedings. 07/02/2013
-Keyser v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ erred by relying heavily on claimant's noncompliance with recommended treatment to discredit her subjective complaints without considering whether noncompliance was related to her mental impairments. Court recommended remand to obtain medical opinion on this issue and reconsider her RFC in light of this evidence and new evidence that had been submitted to the Appeals Council.05/31/2013
-Henning v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ erred at step two by failing to conduct a careful evaluation of the medical findings and consider the claimant's subjective complaints in determining whether her skin condition was severe. Court recommended remand with instructions to conduct a new step two analysis, consider whether her skin condition met or equaled a listing at step three and consider the effects of her skin condition both separately and in combination with her mental impairment in determining her RFC at step four. 05/09/2013
-Miller v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ erred at step two by failing to consider the claimant's subjective allegations and the combination of all his impairments. ALJ also erred at step four by failing to consider both severe and non-severe impairments in determining the claimant's RFC. Case reversed and remanded for further proceedings.05/07/2013
-Meyerhoff v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not obtain additional medical evidence as required by the previous remand order, improperly excluded a previously identified limitation and provided a new RFC that was not supported by substantial evidence. Court recommended the case be reversed and remnded for further proceedings. 05/02/2013
-Kinseth v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found substantial evidence supported the ALJ's evaluation of the medical opinions and recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.04/04/2013
-Tomlinson v. Colvin -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found substantial evidence supported the ALJ's evaluation of the treatiing source opinion and claimant's credibility and recommended the ALJ's decision be affirmed.03/15/2013
-Newcomb v. Colvin -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found substantial evidence supported the ALJ's evaluation of the medical evidence, the credibility analysis, the hypothetical question to the VE, and his ultimate decision that claimant was not disabled.03/06/2013
-Comstock v. Astrue -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not properly evaluate the credibility of the claimant or her husband concerning the severity and limitations of her migraines. Case reversed and remanded for re-evaluation of credibility and further development of the record if necessary.02/14/2013
-Kling v. Astrue -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ did not properly evaluate treating physician's medical opinion in that she did not give it controlling weight or explain why it was not given controlling weight as required by the regulations. Court recommended the ALJ's decision be reversed and remanded.01/31/2013
-Rohwer v. Astrue -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found substantial evidence supported the ALJ's decision that claimant's impairment did not meet the listing requirements of Section 12.04. Substantial evidence also supported the limitations provided in the hypothetical question to the vocational expert and the ALJ was entitled to rely on the expert's testimony in concluding the claimant could perform other work and was not disabled.01/09/2013
-Jansen v. Astrue -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application for Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found substantial evidence in the record supported the ALJ's credibility analysis, RFC determination, and the finding that claimant's hearing loss did not meet or equal any of the listed impairments. 01/08/2013
-Tracy v. Astrue -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ did not provide "good reasons" for giving the treating physician's opinion less than controlling weight and there was overwhelming evidence that claimant could not lift more than 10 pounds since his alleged onset date. Because claimant could not return to past relevant work and had no transferrable skills under this limitation, the court recommended the ALJ's decision be reversed and remanded.12/28/2012
-Sangel v. Astrue -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application of Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ properly evaluated the medical opinions, analyzed claimant's credibility, and concluded claimant could perform other work in the national economy, with findings supported by substantial evidence.12/21/2012
-Morrison v. Astrue -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of applications for Title II disability insurance benefits and disabled widow's benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found ALJ erred in discrediting treating physician's opinion and claimant's subjective allegations relating to mental disorder based on her efforts to gain employment and an improper inference that her disorder was situational which was not supported by substantial evidence. Case reversed and remanded for calculation and award of benefits.11/28/2012
-Kofron v. Astrue -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits. Court found ALJ properly considered the medical opinions and new medical evidence did not provide a basis for changing the ALJ's decision. Substantial evidence supported the ALJ's credibility analysis, RFC determination, hypothetical question to the VE, and his ultimate decision that claimant was not disabled.10/25/2012
-Agan v. Astrue -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security Income benefits. Court found ALJ properly determined claimant's credibility and fully developed the record as to claimant's work-related limitations, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, and mental impairments, with findings supported by substantial evidence.10/15/2012
-Foster v. Astrue -- Report and Recommendation on judicial review of denial of application for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security Income benefits. Court found ALJ failed to fully develop the record regarding claimant's past work and should have made findings regarding claimant's vocational rehabilitation and whether claimant met criteria under Listing 12.05C. Court recommended remand for further development of the cord. 09/26/2012
-Carter v. Astrue -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of application of Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI supplemental security income benefits. Court found substantial evidence supported the ALJ's decision that claimant was not disabled.08/20/2012
-Nicolls v. Astrue -- Memorandum Opinion and Order on judicial review of denial of applications for Title II disability insurance benefits and Title XVI Supplemental Security Income. Court found substantial evidence supported Commissioner's decision that claimant was not disabled.07/12/2012