Tobler v. Social Security Administration, Commissioner
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Magistrate Judge T Michael Putnam on 8/20/2014. (MSN)
2014 Aug-20 AM 11:25
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
Commissioner of Social Security,
The plaintiff, Garth Tobler, appeals from the decision of the Commissioner of
the Social Security Administration (ACommissioner@) denying his application for a
period of disability and Disability Insurance Benefits (ADIB@). Mr. Tobler timely
pursued and exhausted his administrative remedies and the decision of the
Commissioner is ripe for review pursuant to 42 U.S.C. '' 405(g), 1383(c)(3).
Mr. Tobler was fifty-two years old at the time of the Administrative Law Judge=s
(AALJ=s@) decision, considered by 20 C.F.R. ' 404.1563(d) to be a Aperson closely
approaching advanced age.@ (Doc. 12, p. 4). Mr. Tobler has a post-graduate degree in
divinity, and his past relevant work experience is as a chaplain and pastor. (Id.) Mr.
Tobler claims that he became disabled on February 28, 2009, 1 due to symptoms and
February 28, 2009, is claimant’s amended alleged onset date; the original alleged onset date
limitations related to hydrocephalus, attention deficit disorder, depression, anxiety, and
stenosis of the back. (Id.)
When evaluating the disability of individuals over the age of eighteen, the
regulations prescribe a five-step sequential evaluation process. See 20 C.F.R.
'' 404.1520, 416.920; see also Doughty v. Apfel, 245 F.3d 1274, 1278 (11th Cir. 2001). The
first step requires a determination of whether the claimant is Adoing substantial gainful
activity.@ 20 C.F.R. '' 404.1520(a)(4)(I), 416.920(a)(4)(I). If he or she is, the claimant is
not disabled and the evaluation stops. Id. If he or she is not, the Commissioner next
considers the effect of all of the physical and mental impairments combined. 20 C.F.R.
'' 404.1520(a)(4)(ii), 416.920(a)(4)(ii). These impairments must be severe and must
meet the durational requirements before a claimant will be found to be disabled. Id. The
decision depends on the medical evidence in the record. See Hart v. Finch, 440 F.2d 1340,
1341 (5th Cir. 1971). If the claimant=s impairments are not severe, the analysis stops.
20 C.F.R. '' 404.1520(a)(4)(ii), 416.920(a)(4)(ii). Otherwise, the analysis continues to
step three, which is a determination of whether the claimant=s impairments meet or
equal the severity of an impairment listed in 20 C.F.R. pt. 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1.
20 C.F.R. '' 404.1520(a)(4)(iii), 416.920(a)(4)(iii). If the claimant=s impairments fall
within this category, he or she will be found disabled without further consideration. Id.
If they do not, a determination of the claimant=s residual functional capacity will be
was June 10, 1998. (Tr. at 63).
made and the analysis proceeds to the fourth step.
20 C.F.R. '' 404.1520(e),
Residual functional capacity (ARFC@) is an assessment, based on all
relevant evidence, of a claimant=s remaining ability to do work despite his or her
impairments. 20 C.F.R. ' 404.945(a)(1).
The fourth step requires a determination of whether the claimant=s impairments
prevent him or her from returning to past relevant work. 20 C.F.R.
'' 404.1520(a)(4)(iv), 416.920(a)(4)(iv). If the claimant can still do his or her past
relevant work, the claimant is not disabled and the evaluation stops. Id. If the
claimant cannot do past relevant work, then the analysis proceeds to the fifth step. Id.
Step five requires the court to consider the claimant=s RFC, as well as the claimant=s age,
education, and past work experience in order to determine if he or she can do other
work. 20 C.F.R. '' 404.1520(a)(4)(v) 416.920(a)(4)(v). If the claimant can do other
work, the claimant is not disabled. Id. The burden is on the Commissioner to
demonstrate that other jobs exist which the claimant can perform; and, once that
burden is met, the claimant must prove his or her inability to perform those jobs in
order to be found disabled. Jones v. Apfel, 190 F.3d 1224, 1228 (11th Cir. 1999).
Applying the sequential evaluation process, the ALJ found that Mr. Tobler met
the insured status requirements of the Social Security Act through September 30, 2013.
(Tr. at 10).2 He further determined that Mr. Tobler has not engaged in substantial
gainful activity since the amended alleged onset of his disability in February 2009. (Id.)
According to the ALJ, Plaintiff has somatoform disorder, which is considered Asevere@
based on the requirements set forth in the regulations. (Id.) However, he found that
the impairment neither meets nor medically equals any of the listed impairments in 20
C.F.R. Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1. (Tr. at 11). The ALJ did not find Mr. Tobler=s
allegations to be supported by his history, and he determined that he has the residual
functional capacity to Aperform a full range of work at all exertional levels but with the
following non-exertional limitations: No greater than moderate difficulties in
maintaining concentration, persistence, or pace.@ (Tr. at 13-14).
According to the ALJ, Mr. Tobler is able to perform his past relevant work as a
pastor. (Tr. at 15). He determined that the Plaintiff has Aperformed [his work as a
pastor] long enough to obtain the skilled [sic] required to adequately perform this
work.@ (Id.) The ALJ concluded his findings by stating that the Plaintiff Ahas not been
under a disability, as defined in the Social Security Act, from February 28, 2009, through
the date of this decision.@ (Id.)
Page references are to the page number assigned in the bound administrative record, not
page numbers within a particular transcript or exhibit.
Standard of Review
This court=s role in reviewing claims brought under the Social Security Act is a
narrow one. The scope of its review is limited to determining (1) whether there is
substantial evidence in the record as a whole to support the findings of the
Commissioner, and (2) whether the correct legal standards were applied. See Richardson
v. Perales, 402 U.S. 389, 390, 401 (1971); Wilson v. Barnhart, 284 F.3d 1219, 1221 (11th Cir.
2002). The court approaches the factual findings of the Commissioner with deference,
but applies close scrutiny to the legal conclusions. See Miles v. Chater, 84 F.3d 1397,
1400 (11th Cir. 1996). The court may not decide facts, weigh evidence, or substitute its
judgment for that of the Commissioner. Id. AThe substantial evidence standard
permits administrative decision makers to act with considerable latitude, and >the
possibility of drawing two inconsistent conclusions from the evidence does not prevent
an administrative agency=s finding from being supported by substantial evidence.=@
Parker v. Bowen, 793 F.2d 1177, 1181 (11th Cir. 1986) (Gibson, J., dissenting) (quoting
Consolo v. Fed. Mar. Comm=n, 383 U.S. 607, 620 (1966)). Indeed, even if this court finds
that the evidence preponderates against the Commissioner=s decision, the court must
affirm if the decision is supported by substantial evidence. Miles, 84 F.3d at 1400. No
decision is automatic, however, for Adespite this deferential standard [for review of
claims] it is imperative that the court scrutinize the record in its entirety to determine the
reasonableness of the decision reached.@ Bridges v. Bowen, 815 F.2d 622, 624 (11th Cir.
1987). Moreover, failure to apply the correct legal standards is grounds for reversal. See
Bowen v. Heckler, 748 F.2d 629, 635 (11th Cir. 1984).
The court must keep in mind that opinions such as whether a claimant is
disabled, the nature and extent of a claimant=s residual functional capacity, and the
application of vocational factors Aare not medical opinions, . . . but are, instead,
opinions on issues reserved to the commissioner because they are administrative
findings that are dispositive of a case; i.e., that would direct the determination or
decision of disability.@ 20 C.F.R. '' 404.1527(e), 416.927(d). Whether the plaintiff
meets the listing and is qualified for Social Security disability benefits is a question
reserved for the ALJ, and the court Amay not decide facts anew, reweigh the evidence,
or substitute [its] judgment for that of the Commissioner.@ Dyer v. Barnhart, 395 F.3d
1206, 1210 (11th Cir. 2005).
A. Legal Standards and Substantial Evidence
The court is under an obligation to Ascrutinize the record in its entirety to
ascertain whether substantial evidence supports each essential administrative finding.@
Walden v. Schweiker, 672 F.2d 835, 838 (11th Cir. 1982)(citing Strickland v. Harris, 615 F.2d
1103, 1106 (5th Cir. 1980)). ASubstantial evidence is more than a scintilla, but less than
a preponderance.@ Bloodsworth v. Heckler, 703 F.2d 1223, 1239 (11th Cir. 1983). It is
such relevant evidence as a reasonable person would accept as adequate to support a
conclusion. Richardson v. Perales, 402 U.S. 389, 401, 91 S. Ct. 1420, 1427, 28 L. Ed 2d
842 (1971). The Plaintiff takes the position that Athe decision of the Commissioner is
not supported by substantial evidence.@ (Doc. 12, p. 2).
At step two of his analysis, the ALJ determined that Mr. Tobler suffered from the
severe impairment of a somatoform disorder. (Tr. at 10). The ALJ based this
conclusion exclusively on the testimony of Dr. Alfred Jonas, a psychiatric specialist and
testifying medical expert who reviewed Mr. Tobler=s medical records. (Tr. at 27). Dr.
Jonas did not treat or examine Mr. Tobler, or even meet him in person. Dr. Jonas
testified as follows regarding his suspicion that Mr. Tobler suffers from a somatoform
So I think on the surface of it, I would say that it would appear as if [Mr.
Tobler] did not have any severe psychiatric or non-psychiatric problems.
But there is one other way to look at this record, and that is to think in
terms of the possibility that he is essentially preoccupied with his
symptoms. And in that case, we could be thinking about something like a
somatoform disorder. And that is probably where I would look in terms
of a diagnosable condition.
(Tr. at 30). In reaching that conclusion, Dr. Jonas rejected all of the other physical and
psychiatric impairments claimed by the plaintiff, despite evidence from multiple treating
physicians and psychologists.
The description of a somatoform disorder used in the hearing and the ALJ=s
opinion was found in listing 12.07A Subparagraph 3 and describes the disorder as the
A[u]nrealistic interpretation of physical signs or sensations associated with the
preoccupation or belief that one has serious disease or injury.@ (Tr. at 39). The ALJ=s
determination that Mr. Tobler suffers from a somatoform disorder is not supported by
objective medical evidence, but only the speculation of Dr. Jonas. 3 There is no
mention of a somatoform disorder in the medical records submitted in this case by any
of the psychiatrists or psychologists who treated the plaintiff and were most familiar
with him. Neither Mr. Tobler=s medical doctors nor psychiatric doctors, of which
there are several, ever asserted the opinion that Mr. Tobler=s symptoms may be a
product of a somatoform disorder, that Mr. Tobler is Apreoccupied@ with his symptoms,
Dr. Jonas’s testimony on this point was the following:
So it’s really not made clear from the record that he actually has the functional
problems of which he complains. So I think on the surface of it, I would say that it
would appear as if he did not have any severe psychiatric or non-psychiatric
problems. But there is on other way to look at this record, and that is to think in
terms of the possibility that he is essentially preoccupied with his symptoms. And
in that case, we would be thinking about something like a somatoform disorder.
And that is probably where I would look in terms of a diagnosable condition.
There are some other conditions that are diagnosed in the record. There certainly
is the old hydrocephalus and the present [sic] of the shunt.
(Tr. at 30). The court finds this testimony to be speculative and conjectural, not a substantial
basis for rejecting the evidence from plaintiff’s treating physicians, psychiatrists, and
or that the symptoms are not as severe as Mr. Tobler alleged. The first mention of a
somatoform disorder or anything similar is made by a medical expert called to testify by
the ALJ, Dr. Jonas, at the supplemental ALJ hearing in September 2011. (Tr. at 30).
Accordingly, this court cannot find that the ALJ=s determination that Mr. Tobler suffers
only from the severe impairment of a somatoform disorder is supported by substantial
evidence. The only evidence of it is mere conjecture by Dr. Jonas. 4 Indeed, at the
The conjectural nature of Dr. Jonas’s opinion is further confirmed at several points in his
testimony. After examining the plaintiff’s work and pay pattern for several years prior to
applying for disability, Dr. Jonas stated:
Well, this is a very, very peculiar pattern of earnings, where he goes from nothing
to well above SGA; to nothing, well above SGA. And I would – if I were to try to
evaluate his situation better than I can now, I would want to know what that’s all
about. And I would be curious to know whether this [is] somatic preoccupation.
(Tr. at 42) (emphasis supplied). Thereafter, Dr. Jonas began questioning the plaintiff indirectly
through the ALJ, seeking an explanation for why plaintiff was able to work during some years
prior to the alleged onset date. But when the plaintiff attempted to explain that the combination of
all of his medical conditions and the medication he must take for them made him unemployable,
the ALJ cut him off, as follows:
Thinking on that, not thinking up an excuse or any of that, the things
He’s really at a loss, doctor. He’s just struggling to kind of come
up with something, but I don’t think he’s [INAUDIBLE] –
-- conditions taken all together make it impossible for me to hold a
All right, we’re going to have to wrap it up –
(Tr. at 47).
-- because I think we’re impinging on the doctor –
conclusion of Dr. Jonas’s testimony, he ultimately declined to state an opinion. When
the ALJ asked Dr. Jonas “can I have your call on this [plaintiff’s condition],” he
commented about some of the treating physicians, but then said, “So I don’t want to –
I don’t want to just try to resolve it by guessing.” (Tr. at 49). By refusing to guess,
Dr. Jonas acknowledged that he was only speculating that plaintiff may suffer only from
a somatoform disorder. This is not a substantial basis for rejecting the evidence of the
Beyond failing to support his determination with substantial evidence, the ALJ
applied an incorrect legal standard in evaluating Dr. Jonas=s testimony in relation to the
reports and medical records from Mr. Tobler=s treating physicians. Although the ALJ
discusses in his opinion why he finds the opinions of Dr. Pitts, Dr. Echols, and Dr.
Kahn5 unreliable, he did so after expressing doubt about the credibility of all treating
physicians. When the plaintiff’s attorney asked Dr. Jonas whether he agreed that
treating physicians would be a better source of information about the plaintiff’s
condition, the ALJ interrupted, saying:
Well, this is an ongoing question, doctor. When you deal with claimants
and claimant’s counsel, they always push the treating physician, and they
always say, well, that person’s only a consultative. And I know what the
law is about giving the benefit to the treating, but I always feel --- and I felt this
The ALJ discusses only the report from Dr. Kahn=s consultative physical exam, conducted
on December 30, 2009. (Tr. at 14).
when I tried cases --- that a person who was impartial has a lot of relevance to me and
weight as opposed to someone who’s partial like persons who have been treating a long
time. Now I may be in the minority there, but I think there’s merit to
somebody like yourself. He’s not your patient. You’re giving your call
as best you can, and you’re totally impartial. People who treat for a long
period of time develop relationships, and I don’t know if they have the
same degree of impartiality.
(Tr. at 50). Under Eleventh Circuit authority, a treating physician=s testimony is
entitled to Asubstantial or considerable weight unless >good cause= is shown to the
contrary.@ Crawford v. Commissioner of Social Security, 363 F.3d 1155, 1159 (11th Cir. 2004)
(quoting Lewis v. Callahan, 125 F.3d 1436, 1440 (11th Cir. 1997)) (internal quotations
omitted). By immediately downgrading the credibility of treating-physician evidence
simply because it came from a treating physician, the ALJ improperly failed to give the
treating physician evidence offered by plaintiff the proper degree of credibility required
under Eleventh Circuit authority.
Moreover, the ALJ barely (if at all) acknowledged the other doctors who
provided medical treatment to the plaintiff over several years. The ALJ mentions only
one note written in 2009 by Dr. Zenko Hrynkiw, the Plaintiff=s neurologist, in which
Dr. Hrynkiw noted that Mr. Tobler was doing well and that he denied headaches or
dizziness and had a normal neurological examination. Dr. Hrynkiw has provided
treatment for Mr. Tobler since 1998, when his hydrocephalus first was diagnosed.
Although the ALJ points to a single treatment note, he fails to take into account other
treatment notes by Dr. Hrynkiw showing that plaintiff suffered “Left-sided
sensorineural hearing loss, presumably related to hydrocephalus” in May 2006 (Tr. at
554); a “three-week history of headaches” in June 2007 (Tr. at 552); and “headaches,
dizziness and unsteadiness” in January 2009 (Tr. at 549). 6 Although the ALJ is not
required to mention every piece of evidence provided, that the ALJ cherry picks only
one treatment note out of a treatment record spanning more than a decade indicates a
failure to properly examine and credit the plaintiff=s treating physicians.
In determining that Mr. Tobler had only the severe mental impairment of a
somatoform disorder, the ALJ summarily disregarded, in favor of the testimony of Dr.
Jonas, the medical records from almost all of the doctors who treated Mr. Tobler for
physiological conditions. This had the effect of undermining the severity of plaintiff’s
physical impairments by reducing them to a mere somatic disorder. This is not the
correct legal standard. A treating physician=s testimony is entitled to Asubstantial or
considerable weight unless >good cause= is shown to the contrary.@ Crawford v.
Commissioner of Social Security, 363 F.3d 1155, 1159 (11th Cir. 2004) (quoting Lewis v.
Callahan, 125 F.3d 1436, 1440 (11th Cir. 1997)) (internal quotations omitted). AGood
cause@ exists for an ALJ not to give a treating physician=s opinion substantial weight
when the: A(1) treating physician=s opinion was not bolstered by the evidence; (2)
evidence supported a contrary finding; or (3) treating physician=s opinion was
All of these dates predate the filing of the claim for disability benefits on April 6, 2009.
conclusory or inconsistent with the doctor=s own medical records.@ Phillips v. Barnhart,
357 F.3d 1232, 1241 (11th Cir. 2004) (citing Lewis, 125 F.3d at 1440); see also Edwards v.
Sullivan, 937 F.2d 580, 583-84 (11th Cir. 1991) (holding that Agood cause@ existed where
the opinion was contradicted by other notations in the physician=s own record). The
ALJ did not identify good cause for disregarding the medical records from the Plaintiff=s
treating physicians. In fact, most of the medical records submitted as evidence in this
case were not mentioned at all in the ALJ=s opinion.
The ALJ plainly did not apply the correct legal standard when determining
whether the Plaintiff=s severe impairment or combination of impairments met or
equaled those found in the listings. During the hearing, the ALJ told Dr. Jonas, AI=m
just going to rely on you, doctor, all right. If [the Plaintiff=s impairment] is [listing]
12.07(3) and it satisfies at least two of the B requirements, please let me know, and we=ll
just end it there.@ (Tr. at 40). Dr. Jonas replied, A[the impairment] does not.@ (Id.)
The decision of whether Mr. Tobler=s impairments met or equaled a listing was not
Dr. Jonas=s to make, and the failure of the ALJ to consider all of the evidence related to
that question is a failure to apply the correct legal standard to the analysis of the
Opinions such as whether a claimant is disabled, the claimant=s residual
functional capacity, and the application of vocational factors Aare not medical opinions,
. . . but are, instead, opinions on issues reserved to the Commissioner because they are
administrative findings that are dispositive of a case; i.e., that would direct the
determination or decision of disability.@ 20 C.F.R. '' 404.1527(e), 416.927(d). The
court is interested in the doctors= evaluations of the claimant=s Acondition and the
medical consequences thereof, not their opinions of the legal consequences of his [or
her] condition.@ Lewis, 125 F.3d at 1440. Such statements by a physician are relevant
to the ALJ=s findings, but they are not determinative, as it is the ALJ who bears the
responsibility for assessing a claimant=s residual functional capacity. See, e.g., 20 C.F.R.
' 404.1546(c). The ALJ seems to have wholly substituted Dr. Jonas=s opinion for his
own. This is not an appropriate legal conclusion and, in practice, undermines the
purpose of evaluation of claims by ALJs. Accordingly, Mr. Tobler=s claim is due to be
remanded for further scrutiny of the record.
B. Severe and Nonsevere Impairments
As previously mentioned, the ALJ determined that Mr. Tobler suffered from the
severe impairment of a somatoform disorder. The plaintiff, however, brought his
claim for DIB on the basis of symptoms relating to both mental and physical
impairments. (Doc. 12, p. 4). Mr. Tobler listed the following impairments on his
Disability Report: depression; anxiety; hypertension; arthritis in the ankles, knees, hips,
back, wrists, and elbows; sleep apnea; hydrocephalus; arrhythmia-tachycardia; stenosis
in the lower back; bunions; psoriasis; spastic colon; enlarged prostate; hearing loss in the
left ear; cataracts; Fuch=s dystrophy, which is progressive degeneration of the cornea;
chronic bronchitis; chronic prostatitis; hemorrhagic gastritis; acid reflux; ocular
migraine; and bleeding ulcer. (Tr. at 203).
The ALJ failed to examine how the Plaintiff=s hydrocephalus may affect his
ability to exert himself physically. The ALJ adopted Dr. Jonas=s opinion that the
hydrocephalus is Aasymptomatic@ despite four shunt replacement operations that Mr.
Tobler underwent between 1999 and 2004, nor plaintiff’s testimony that he could lift no
more than five pounds without danger of displacing the shunt. The ALJ did not
discuss the years of treatment Mr. Tobler received at Cardiovascular Associates (CVA).
Treatment notes from CVA indicate that the Plaintiff consistently complained of chest
pain and chronic daytime fatigue. As recently as May 2010, Mr. Tobler was being
treated at CVA for heart palpitations and atypical chest pain. (Tr. at 963).
The ALJ also failed to mention the Plaintiff=s records at Montclair Rheumatology
for arthritis pain and with Dr. Nicholas Braswell for urology issues.
gastroenterologist, Dr. Subhash Bajaj, treated Mr. Tobler from 2003 into 2008, but the
ALJ did not mention any of his findings. The ALJ also did not address Dr. Kahn=s
report dated December 30, 2009, stating that Mr. Tobler tires easily due to a heart
arrhythmia, cannot lift due to increased intracerebral pressure caused by his
hydrocephalus, and that lumbar stenosis makes Mr. Tobler unable to walk. (Tr. at
829). The ALJ also did not consider the several years of treatment Mr. Tobler received
from Dr. Stephen Favrot for his left-side hearing loss Apresumably related to
hydrocephalus.@ (Tr. at 554). From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Tobler went from being able to
hear things as quiet as 45 decibels in his left ear to being able to hear things only as quiet
as 60 to 65 decibels. (Tr. at 893, 947).
Other than a somatoform disorder, the ALJ did not discuss to what degree any of
the claimed impairments were to be considered severe, leading the court to believe that
the ALJ determined that none of the claimed issues imposed any impairment. This
court is not at liberty to re-weigh the evidence and determine which, if any, of the above
impairments are severe, non-severe, or not impairments. However, because there are
diagnoses and varying levels of treatment in the record for the claimed impairments, the
ALJ must assign an impairment level to them, based on the evidence in the record.
The ALJ may well find that none of the claimed impairments actually create any
impairment B severe or otherwise, but if he does so, he must explain why. That
determination as well must be supported by substantial evidence.
C. Onset Date
The Plaintiff originally claimed that his disability onset date was June 10, 1998,
the date on which his hydrocephalus was diagnosed. At the first ALJ hearing in June
2011, the ALJ stated:
ALJ: Okay. Well, you alleged disability when you were 39 in >98, which - we really can=t go back that far. We could, but you wouldn=t get any
money anyway. It was filed 4/06/2009. Do you want to amend it to
something that would be at least relevant?
ATTY: Your honor --- yeah, your honor, I=m looking at his earnings
record. And what -- according to my notes, the date he last worked was
sometime in February 2008, and that=s about when they taper -- when the
earnings taper off.
ALJ: Do you have SGA at 2008?
VE: February 28th, 2009.
ALJ: I mean, do you have it for calendar year 2008?
VE: Your honor, I=m pulling that up now.
ALJ: All righty.
VE: Your honor, the last date employed I show is 2/28/09.
ATTY: Okay. Okay. Then if Mr. Tobler is amenable to that, we=ll go
with that as your onset date, if that=s the date - CLMT: That=s fine.
(Tr. at 63-64). That the Plaintiff would not be eligible to collect benefits back to his
alleged onset date does not necessitate amendment of the alleged onset date. If Mr.
Tobler began having symptoms relating to his current claim of disability in 1998, the
ALJ=s opinion should reflect a study of the record beginning at the start of his
symptoms. It appears that the ALJ began his examination of the medical records in
2007, as the ALJ does not mention any earlier medical records. At least one of the
Plaintiff=s alleged impairments has existed since 1998, and several other medical records
reflect treatment for a much longer time-frame than is discussed in the ALJ=s opinion.
In order to develop a true picture of the severity, longitude, and progress of the
Plaintiff=s impairments, it is necessary to scrutinize the entire record, from the onset of
the alleged impairments to the date of the ALJ’s decision.
Upon review of the administrative record, and considering all of Mr. Tobler=s
arguments, the Court finds that the Commissioner=s decision is not supported by
substantial evidence and is not in accord with the applicable law. Accordingly, it is
hereby ORDERED that the Commissioner’s determination that the plaintiff is not
entitled to DIB is VACATED and REMANDED to the Agency to review Mr. Tobler=s
claim in light of the entire record. An order of final judgment will be entered
DONE this 20th day of August, 2014.
T. MICHAEL PUTNAM
U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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