Brooks v. Colvin
JUDGMENT in favor of Ivary Brooks against Carolyn W. Colvin. CASE CLOSED. Signed by Magistrate Judge Roy Percy on 10/26/17. (cs)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:17-CV-39-RP
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY
This cause is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) and
1383(c)(3) for judicial review of an unfavorable decision of the Commissioner of the Social
Security Administration regarding an application for a period of disability and disability
insurance benefits. The parties have consented to entry of final judgment by the United States
Magistrate Judge under the provision of 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), with any appeal to the Court of
Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The Court, having reviewed the record, the administrative
transcript, the briefs of the parties, and the applicable law and having heard oral argument, finds
For the reasons announced by the Court on the record at the conclusion of the parties’
oral argument during a hearing held on this day, the Court finds there is reversible error. The
ALJ’s decision does not make clear the weight given – let alone the specific reasons for the
weight given – to the opinion of the plaintiff’s treating physician Dr. Michael Dolan regarding
plaintiff’s functional limitations in the use of her right hand. Dr. Dolan’s reports – as well as the
opinion of the consultative examiner Dr. Robert Shearin and virtually all of the medical evidence
in this case – support an RFC with limitations on the use of the right, dominant hand. Indeed,
the ALJ presented certain limitations in this regard to the vocational expert in a hypothetical but
chose to omit them from the plaintiff’s RFC without articulating either the weight he gave Dr.
Dolan’s opinion or the reasons the ALJ evidently gave that opinion lesser weight than he should
ordinarily give the opinions, diagnoses and medical evidence of a treating physician who is
familiar with the claimant’s injuries, treatment and responses. See Scott v. Heckler, 770 F.2d
482, 485 (5th Cir. 1985); SSR 96-2P (S.S.A.), 1996 WL 374188. As such the Court cannot
conclude that the Commissioner’s decision is supported by substantial evidence, and it is
REVERSED AND REMANDED with instructions to reevaluate plaintiff’s residual functional
capacity and to make step four and step five determinations accordingly.
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, this the 26th day of October, 2017.
/s/ Roy Percy
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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