Farnstrom v. Commissioner of Social Security
ORDER adopting 18 REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS re 1 Complaint filed by Carol Ann Farnstrom. The Clerk is DIRECTED to: Enter judgment in favor of Defendant Commissioner of Social Security and against Plaintiff Carol Ann Farnstrom; and close the file. Signed by Judge Roy B. Dalton, Jr. on 4/16/2018. (ctp)(JLC)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
CAROL ANN FARNSTROM,
Case No. 6:17-cv-619-Orl-37DCI
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
In this social security appeal, Plaintiff seeks review of the Commissioner’s decision
to deny her social security disability benefits. (Doc. 1.) As set forth in U.S. Magistrate
Judge Daniel C. Irick’s Report and Recommendation (“R&R”), Plaintiff contends that the
administrative law judge (“ALJ”) erred by failing to fully and fairly develop the record;
and apply the correct legal standard to the opinion of a psychologist. (Doc. 18) Neither
party filed objections, and the time for doing so has now passed.
In his R&R, Magistrate Judge Irick concludes that Plaintiff failed to show the
existence of evidentiary gaps in the record that resulted in unfairness or clear prejudice,
and that even if there were additional medical records that the ALJ failed to consider, no
unfairness or clear prejudice resulted. (Id. at 3–10.) Next, Magistrate Judge Irick found
that the ALJ properly addressed the psychologist’s opinion and the decision to assign
little weight to it was supported by substantial evidence. (Id. at 11–13.) So he recommends
rejecting Plaintiff’s assignments of error and affirming the Commissioner’s final decision.
(Id. at 10, 14, 15.)
Absent objections, the Court has examined the R&R for clear error. See Wiand v.
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., No. 8:12-cv-557-T-27EAJ, 2016 WL 355490, at *1 (M.D. Fla. Jan. 28,
2016); see also Marcort v. Prem, Inc., 208 F. App’x 781, 784 (11th Cir. 2006). Finding none,
the Court concludes that the R&R is due to be adopted in its entirety.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED AND ADJUDGED as follows:
U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel C. Irick’s Report and Recommendation
(Doc. 18) is ADOPTED, CONFIRMED, and made a part of this Order.
The Commissioner’s decision is AFFIRMED.
The Clerk is DIRECTED to:
Enter judgment in favor of Defendant Commissioner of Social
Security and against Plaintiff Carol Ann Farnstrom; and
Close the file.
DONE AND ORDERED in Chambers in Orlando, Florida, on April 16, 2018.
Counsel of Record
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