Pugh v. Social Security Administration, Commissioner
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala on 1/30/2015. (KEK)
2015 Jan-30 PM 04:25
U.S. DISTRICT COURT
N.D. OF ALABAMA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
LELAND KEITH PUGH,
) Case No. 5:13-cv-00979-MHH
COMMISSIONER, SOCIAL SECURITY )
On October 22, 2014, the Magistrate Judge issued a report in which he
recommended that the Court affirm the Commissioner’s decision in this matter.
(Doc. 19). After obtaining an extension of time, Mr. Pugh filed objections to the
Magistrate Judge’s report and recommendation.
In his objections, styled
alternatively as a renewed motion to remand, Mr. Pugh asked the Court to remand
under sentence six of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) in order for the ALJ to consider a medical
report dated October 2, 2013, a report which enabled Mr. Pugh to receive a
favorable decision on a subsequent petition for SSI benefits in November 2013.
(Docs. 22, 22-1). The Magistrate Judge allowed the Commissioner fourteen days
to respond to the request for remand and Mr. Pugh seven days to reply.1 On
December 31, 2014, the Magistrate Judge issued an addendum to his report and
recommendation and allowed the parties fourteen days in which to file objections
to the addendum. (Doc. 26). Neither party objected to the addendum.
After careful consideration of the record in this case, the Magistrate Judge’s
report and recommendation, his addendum to the report and recommendation, and
Mr. Pugh’s objections to the report and recommendation, the Court adopts the
report and accepts the Magistrate Judge’s recommendations. With respect to Mr.
Pugh’s renewed motion to remand, the following timeline illustrates the
degenerative nature of Mr. Pugh’s vision in his left eye:
(Doc. 10-9, p. 7)
(Doc. 10-8, p. 67)2
(Doc. 10-8, p. 61)
(Doc. 10-9, p. 7)
(Doc. 10-3, pp. 8-20)
(Doc. 16-1, p. 1)
(Doc. 22-1, p. 2).
The magistrate judge properly concluded that the vision measurements that Mr.
Pugh presented from July 2012 and October 2013 do not supply a basis for a
sentence six remand because the evidence does not impact the ALJ’s analysis of
Mr. Pugh’s vision on or before the date of the ALJ’s decision. (Doc. 19, pp. 15–17
The Commissioner timely filed a response to the motion to remand, but Mr. Pugh did not file a
This measurement is at odds with Mr. Pugh’s overall history.
(noting that July 2012 measurement mirrors July 2010 measurement); Doc. 26, pp.
Accordingly, the Court AFFIRMS the judgment of the Administrative Law
Judge and DENIES Mr. Pugh’s motion to remand. The Court will enter a separate
DONE and ORDERED this January 30, 2015.
MADELINE HUGHES HAIKALA
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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