Redmon v. Commissioner of Social Security
JUDGMENT in favor of Trini Redmon against Commissioner of Social Security. The case is REMANDED FOR FURTHER PROCEEDINGS. CASE CLOSED. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jane M. Virden on 7/17/17. (ncb)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY
This cause is before the court on Plaintiff’s complaint for judicial review of an
unfavorable final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration denying
a claim for supplemental security income. The parties have consented to entry of final
judgment by the United States Magistrate Judge under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 636(c),
with any appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The court, having reviewed the
administrative record, the briefs of the parties, and the applicable law, and having heard oral
argument, finds as follows:
Consistent with the court’s ruling from the bench during a hearing held July 11, 2017,
the court finds the ALJ’s residual functional capacity (“RFC”) assessment is not supported by
substantial evidence in the record because the ALJ improperly evaluated the November 2014
opinions of the claimant’s treating neurologist, Dr. Mohamad Haididi. To begin, the ALJ’s
decision is based in part upon an erroneous interpretation of the Dr. Haididi’s opinions
regarding the claimant’s ability to perform certain postural limitations. Specifically, the ALJ
twice in his decision stated that Dr. Haididi opined the claimant was limited to frequent
bending, squatting, crawling, reaching (above shoulder level), and pushing/pulling while
standing; when in fact Dr. Haididi found the claimant could, at most, perform these activities
on an occasional basis. Next, the ALJ effectively rejected Dr. Haididi’s opinions that the
claimant should never climb; was limited with regard to reaching above shoulder level; could
only stand two hours in an eight-hour workday; and had seizures that “may never be well
controlled” (despite better compliance with medication). The ALJ rejected Dr. Haididi’s
opinions though there was no treating or examining physician opinion controverting Dr.
On remand, the ALJ must reconsider the claimant’s RFC. First, the ALJ will reevaluate
Dr. Haididi’s November 2014 medical source opinions. Should the ALJ determine that Dr.
Haididi’s opinions are not sufficiently supported, the ALJ will either re-contact Dr. Haididi and
seek further explanation regarding his opinions or order a new physical consultative
examination and provide that examiner with all medical records in the file pertinent to the
claimant’s seizure impairment. In either case, the ALJ must ultimately have a complete
assessment from the physician regarding the claimant’s ability to perform work activity
(function-by-function) and a statement regarding the nature and frequency of the claimant’s
seizures. Second, the ALJ will conduct a new hearing and obtain any necessary vocational
evidence. Ultimately, the ALJ will consider all of the evidence and determine whether there is
any work the claimant can perform despite his limitations. The ALJ may conduct any further
proceedings deemed necessary, but which are not inconsistent with this order.
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that this case is REVERSED
and REMANDED for further proceedings.
This, the 17th day of July, 2017.
/s/ Jane M. Virden
U. S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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