Mease v. Astrue
ORDER - plaintiff's Motion to Reverse the ALJ is DENIED 7 and the decision of the Commissioner is AFFIRMED. Signed on 3/13/13 by Chief District Judge Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr. (Enss, Rhonda)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
BRENDA G. MEASE,
This action is a proceeding for supplemental security income benefits under Title
XVI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. '' 1381, et seq. and disability insurance
benefits under Title II of Act, 42 U.S.C. '' 401 et seq. On May 8, 2008, plaintiff filed her
applications for disability insurance and supplemental security income. Plaintiff=s
applications were denied initially. Plaintiff appealed the denials to an administrative law
judge. On June 25, 2010, following two hearings, the ALJ found that plaintiff was not
disabled. Plaintiff requested a review of that decision and on July 8, 2011, the Appeals
Council denied plaintiff=s request for review. Thus, the decision of the ALJ stands as the
final decision of the Commissioner. The facts and arguments are presented in the
parties' briefs and will not be repeated here.
The Eighth Circuit recently stated the standard for judicial review of an ALJ's
denial of benefits:
Our role on review is to determine whether the Commissioner's
Carolyn W. Colvin became the Acting Commissioner of Social Security on
February 14, 2013. Pursuant to Rule 25(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,
Carolyn W. Colvin is substituted for Michael J. Astrue as defendant in this suit.
findings are supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole.
Substantial evidence is less than a preponderance, but is enough that a
reasonable mind would find it adequate to support the Commissioner's
conclusion. In determining whether existing evidence is substantial, we
consider evidence that detracts from the Commissioner's decision as well
as evidence that supports it. As long as substantial evidence in the record
supports the Commissioner's decision, we may not reverse it because
substantial evidence exists in the record that would have supported a
contrary outcome or because we would have decided the case differently.
Baker v. Barnhart, 457 F.3d 882, 892 (8th Cir. 2006), citing, McKinney v. Apfel, 228 F.3d
860, 863 (8th Cir.2000).
The Court has reviewed the parties' briefs, the decision of the ALJ, the transcript
of the hearing and the medical and documentary evidence. After this review, the Court
finds substantial evidence in the record to support the Commissioner's decision.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that plaintiff's Motion to Reverse the ALJ is hereby
DENIED (Doc. # 7) and the decision of the Commissioner is hereby AFFIRMED.
Date: March 13, 2013
Kansas City, Missouri
S/ FERNANDO J. GAITAN, JR.
Fernando J. Gaitan, Jr.
Chief United States District Judge
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