Carey v. Colvin

Filing 22

MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Ellen L. Hollander on 6/23/14. (dass, Deputy Clerk)

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* * * * DA VlD DEAN CAREY v. COMMISSIONER, SOCIAL SECURITY * * ************j)"{ - .- MEMORANDUM On June 18,2013, this matter was referred to Magistrate Judge Stephanie Gallagher for a Report and Recommendations Report and Recommendations Commissioner's as to any dispositive motions. ECF 5. Judge Gallagher issued her on April 29, 2014, in which she recommended granting the motion for summary judgment and denying the motion for summary judgment filed by the Plaintiff, David Dean Carey. ECF 19. Mr. Carey timely filed objections to the Report and Recommendations. In accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. neb), ECF 20. I have reviewed the record and made a de novo determination of the issues to which the Report and Recommendation relates, including the objections lodged by Mr. Carey. I am completely persuaded that Judge Gallagher's recommended rulings are correct and reasonable. Mr. Carey objects to the treatment of the opinions of two of his treating mental health providers, who work for a practice that will not release treatment notes. Administrative Law Judge ("AU") affirmed the AU's conclusion. have made reasonable PI. Obj. 1-4. The assigned little weight to those opinions, and Judge Gallagher ECF 19 at 5-6. While Mr. Carey contends that the AU should efforts to recontact those mental health providers to obtain more information, he has not established that any such action was required under the governing regulation at the time of the agency's adjudication. See 20 C.F.R. S 416.927(c)(3) (effective June 13, 2011 to March 25, 2012) (requiring the AU to recontact a treating physician or take other action only if the AU lacked sufficient evidence to decide the issue of disability). In light of all of the other evidence cited by the AU to support his conclusion, including treatment notes from several other sources, I find that all of Judge Gallagher's proposed rulings, as reflected in her thorough and careful analysis, are correct and reasonable, in every respect. Therefore, I adopt her Report and Recommendations as my own opinion. A separate Order follows. Dated: ,jp I ).31Ji ~'-I.~ Ellen Lipton Hollander United States District Judge 2

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