Graves v. Social Security Administration Commissioner
JUDGMENT REVERSING THE DECISION OF THE COMMISSIONER AND REMANDING THIS CASE TO THE COMMISSIONER FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION PURSUANT TO SENTENCE FOUR of 42 U.S.C. 405(g). Signed by Honorable P. K. Holmes, III on February 14, 2018. (hnc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
MICHAEL A. GRAVES, SR.
Civil No. 2:16-cv-02187-PKH-MEF
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Commissioner
Social Security Administration
For reasons stated in a memorandum opinion of this date, the Court hereby reverses the
decision of the Commissioner, and remands this case for further consideration pursuant to sentence
four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g).
The Court does not find substantial evidence to support the ALJ’s decision in this case.
Accordingly, on remand, the ALJ is directed to contact Plaintiff’s treating physicians, Drs. Santos
and Patterson, requesting that said physicians review Plaintiff’s medical records; complete a
physical RFC assessment regarding Plaintiff’s functional capabilities; and, to state the objective
basis for the assessment so that an informed decision can be made by the ALJ regarding Plaintiff’s
ability to perform work activities on a sustained basis. The assessment should also specifically
address how long Plaintiff can stand and walk during an eight-hour workday, and whether he
should avoid exposure to dust, fumes, smoke, or temperature extremes altogether.
The ALJ is also directed to order a consultative examination from a neurologist or
rheumatologist, and the consultative examiner should be asked to review the medical evidence of
record, perform examinations and appropriate testing needed to properly diagnose Plaintiff’s
chronic pain, and complete a physical RFC assessment of Plaintiff’s abilities to perform work
related activities. The ALJ should then reconsider the Plaintiff’s physical RFC in light of this
If Plaintiff wishes to request an award of attorney’s fees and costs under the Equal Access
to Justice Act (EAJA) 28 U.S.C. § 2412, an application may be filed up until 30 days after the
judgment becomes “not appealable,” i.e., 30 days after the 60-day time for appeal has ended. See
Shalala v. Schaefer, 509 U.S. 292, 296, 113 S.Ct. 2625 (1993); 28 U.S.C. §§
IT IS SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this 14th day of February, 2018.
P. K. HOLMES, III
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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