Parrish v. Commissioner of Social Security
Memorandum of Opinion and Order For the reasons set forth herein, the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, ECF No. 15 , is hereby adopted. The decision of the Commissioner of Social Security is affirmed. Judgment will be entered in favor of Defendant. Judge Benita Y. Pearson on 6/23/2017. (JLG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
NATASHA S PARRISH,
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
CASE NO. 1:16CV1880
JUDGE BENITA Y. PEARSON
MEMORANDUM OF OPINION
An Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) denied Plaintiff Natasha S. Parrish’s applications
for a Period of Disability (“POD”), Disability Insurance Benefits (“DIB”), and Supplemental
Security Income (“SSI”) after a hearing in the above-captioned case. That decision became the
final determination of the Commissioner of Social Security when the Appeals Council denied the
request to review the ALJ’s decision. The claimant sought judicial review of the
Commissioner’s decision, and the Court referred the case to Magistrate Judge David A. Ruiz for
preparation of a report and recommendation pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636 and Local Rule
The magistrate judge submitted a Report (ECF No. 15) recommending that the decision
of the Commissioner be affirmed. Specifically, the magistrate judge recommends that the Court
find: (1) the ALJ did not err in relying on the opinions of non-treating medical sources and
plainly considered evidence post-dating the opinions (ECF No. 15 at PageID #: 970-73); (2) the
ALJ did not err in making an RFC determination because the RFC is an issue reserved to the
Commissioner for final determination (ECF No. 15 at PageID #: 973-74); and (3) the ALJ did not
err in relying on the VE’s uncontested affirmation that the testimony provided comported with
the DOT (ECF No. 15 at PageID #: 978-80). In addition, the magistrate judge recommends that
the Court find the ALJ did not err in posing a hypothetical question to the VE that omitted
Plaintiff’s need for a cane because Plaintiff’s own hearing testimony does not qualify as medical
documentation and Plaintiff’s medical records did not establish that the cane was medically
required or describe the circumstances for which a cane is needed or required (ECF No. 15 at
PageID #: 974-78). The magistrate judge also recommends that the Court find that Plaintiff’s
fourth assignment of error (ECF No. 11 at PageID #: 926) is deemed waived because it is
insufficiently developed (ECF No. 15 at PageID #: 980-82).
Fed. R. Civ. P. 72(b)(2) provides that objections to a Report and Recommendation must
be filed within 14 days after service. Objections to the magistrate judge’s Report and
Recommendation were, therefore, due on June 22, 2017. Neither party has filed objections,
evidencing satisfaction with the magistrate judge’s recommendations. Any further review by this
Court would be a duplicative and inefficient use of the Court’s limited resources. Thomas v. Arn,
728 F.2d 813 (6th Cir. 1984), aff’d, 474 U.S. 140 (1985); Howard v. Secretary of Health and
Human Services, 932 F.2d 505 (6th Cir. 1991); United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d 947, 949-50
(6th Cir. 1981).
Accordingly, the Report and Recommendation of the magistrate judge is hereby adopted.
The decision of the Commissioner of Social Security is affirmed. Judgment will be entered in
favor of Defendant.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
June 23, 2017
/s/ Benita Y. Pearson
Benita Y. Pearson
United States District Judge
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