Smith v. Social Security Administration, Commissioner of

Filing 15

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER granting 12 Motion to Reverse and Remand and For Entry of FInal Judgment. The decision of the Commissioner is reversed, and the case is remanded under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) or further development of the record as set forth above. The Clerk of the Court is directed to enter final judgment in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 58. Signed by District Judge John W. Lungstrum on 11/18/2010. (ses)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF KANSAS GRACIE SMITH, Plaintiff, v. MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, Defendant. MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This case comes before the court on the defendant's motion to reverse and remand and for entry of final judgment (Doc. # 12). The plaintiff filed a response to defendant's motion in which she stated she has no objection to defendant's motion and requested the Court to enter a judgment granting the defendant's motion to allow for further development under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. 405(g). (Doc. # 14). After reviewing the pleadings filed in this case, the Court finds that reversal of the Commissioner's decision and remanding the case for further development under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. 405(g) in accordance with this Memorandum and Order is appropriate. Upon remand, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) shall further evaluate plaintiff's intellectual status and consider whether she meets or equals Listing 12.05C. In so doing, the ALJ shall further evaluate whether plaintiff had the required deficits in adaptive functioning existing prior to age 22 because the ALJ did not discount medical evidence of an IQ score of 67 with additional impairments. See 20 C.F.R. Pt. 404, Subpt. P, App. 1, Listing 12.05C. Case No. 10-2435-JWL 1 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that defendant's motion to reverse and remand and for entry of final judgment (Doc. # 12) is granted. The decision of the Commissioner is reversed, and the case is remanded under sentence four of 42 U.S.C. 405(g) or further development of the record as set forth above. The Clerk of the Court is directed to enter final judgment in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 58. IT IS SO ORDERED this 18th day of November, 2010, at Kansas City, Kansas. s/ John W. Lungstrum JOHN W. LUNGSTRUM United States District Judge SUBMITTED BY: BARRY R. GRISSOM United States Attorney s/Christina L. Medeiros CHRISTINA L. MEDEIROS Assistant United States Attorney 500 State Avenue, Suite 360 Kansas City, Kansas 66101 Ks. S. Ct. # 12884 (913) 551-6730 (telephone) (913) 551-6541 (facsimile) E-Mail: Chris.Medeiros@usdoj.gov Attorney for Defendant APPROVED BY: s/Nicholas D. Purifoy NICHOLAS D. PURIFOY Attorney at Law Disability Professionals/Midland Group 5020 Bob Billings Parkway, Suite C Lawrence, Kansas 66049 Mo. Bar # 57816 (785) 832-8521 (telephone) (785) 832-0006 (facsimile) E-mail: npurifoy@midlandgroup.com Attorney for Plaintiff 2

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