Wells v. Colvin
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER GRANTING Commissioner's 17 MOTION to Remand; for the reasons set forth in the Motion and in this order, the decision of the Commissioner is REVERSED and REMANDED for further proceedings pursuant to sentence four of 42 USC 405(g), as further set out in order. Signed by Honorable Judge Wallace Capel, Jr on 1/19/17. (djy, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
MICHAEL ANTHONY WELLS,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security,
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 2:16-cv-421-WC
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Pending before the court is the Acting Commissioner of Social Security’s Consent
Motion for Entry of Judgment under Sentence Four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) with Reversal
and Remand of the Cause to the Defendant. (Doc. 17). In her supporting Memorandum
(Doc. 18), the Acting Commissioner states remand is necessary to permit further
consideration of Plaintiff’s claim of disability. In particular, the Acting Commissioner
states that, upon this court’s remand, the Agency will instruct the ALJ to
(1) reassess Plaintiff’s residual functional capacity and provide rationale for
the assessed limitations (20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1545 and 416.945 and Social
Security Rulings 96-8p and 96-6p); (2) re-evaluate the medical source
opinions, including the opinions of the state agency medical consultants (20
C.F.R. §§ 404.1527 and 416.927 and Social Security Rulings 96-5p and 966p); (3) reassess Plaintiff’s credibility as required by 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1529
and 416.929 and Social Security Ruling 96-7p; (4) if necessary, obtain
supplementary evidence from a vocational expert concerning the impact of
all of Plaintiff’s limitations on his ability to perform other work (Social
Security Rulings 83-12, 83- 14, 85-15, and/or 96-9p); (5) if Plaintiff is found
disabled, conduct the further proceedings required to determine whether drug
addiction and alcoholism are contributing factors material to the
determination of disability in accordance with 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1535 and
416.935; and (6) any other proceedings the Commissioner deems
Def.’s Mem. (Doc. 18) at 1-2.
Sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) authorizes the district court to “enter, upon the
pleadings and transcript of the record, a judgment affirming, modifying, or reversing the
decision of the Commissioner of Social Security, with or without remanding the cause for
42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
The district court may remand a case to the
Commissioner for a rehearing if the court finds “either . . . the decision is not supported by
substantial evidence, or . . . the Commissioner or the ALJ incorrectly applied the law
relevant to the disability claim.” Jackson v. Chater, 99 F.3d 1086, 1092 (11th Cir. 1996).
In this case, the court finds reversal and remand necessary as Defendant concedes
reconsideration and proper application of governing law and further development of the
record is in order. Furthermore, Plaintiff does not oppose the motion.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that the Commissioner’s Motion (Doc. 17) is GRANTED; for the
reasons set forth in the Motion and in this Order, the decision of the Commissioner is
REVERSED and REMANDED for further proceedings pursuant to sentence four of 42
U.S.C. § 405(g).
A separate judgment will issue.
Done this 19th day of January, 2017.
/s/ Wallace Capel, Jr.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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