Dionne Saunders v. Nancy Berryhill
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 6:16-cv-00068-NKM-RSB. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Dionne C. Saunders. [18-1377]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
DIONNE C. SAUNDERS,
Plaintiff - Appellant,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
Defendant - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, at
Lynchburg. Norman K. Moon, Senior District Judge. (6:16-cv-00068-NKM-RSB)
Submitted: July 31, 2018
Decided: August 10, 2018
Before KING, FLOYD, and THACKER, Circuit Judges.
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Dionne C. Saunders, Appellant Pro Se. Antonia Maria Adam, Special Assistant United
States Attorney, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Dionne C. Saunders appeals the district court’s order adopting the magistrate
judge’s recommendation and upholding the Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) denial of
Saunders’s application for disability insurance benefits. “In social security proceedings,
a court of appeals applies the same standard of review as does the district court. That is,
a reviewing court must uphold the determination when an ALJ has applied correct legal
standards and the ALJ’s factual findings are supported by substantial evidence.”
Brown v. Comm’r Soc. Sec. Admin., 873 F.3d 251, 267 (4th Cir. 2017) (citation and
internal quotation marks omitted). “Substantial evidence is that which a reasonable mind
might accept as adequate to support a conclusion. It consists of more than a mere
scintilla of evidence but may be less than a preponderance.” Pearson v. Colvin, 810 F.3d
204, 207 (4th Cir. 2015) (citation and internal quotation marks omitted). “In reviewing
for substantial evidence, we do not undertake to reweigh conflicting evidence, make
credibility determinations, or substitute our judgment for that of the ALJ.
conflicting evidence allows reasonable minds to differ as to whether a claimant is
disabled, the responsibility for that decision falls on the ALJ.” Hancock v. Astrue, 667
F.3d 470, 472 (4th Cir. 2012) (brackets, citation, and internal quotation marks omitted).
We have reviewed the record and perceive no reversible error. The ALJ applied
the correct legal standards in evaluating Saunders’s claim for benefits, and the ALJ’s
factual findings are supported by substantial evidence.
Accordingly, we affirm the
district court’s judgment upholding the denial of benefits. See Saunders v. Berryhill, No.
6:16-cv-00068-NKM-RSB (W.D. Va. Mar. 26, 2018). We dispense with oral argument
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because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before
this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
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