Majeed v. Commissioner of Social Security
Order Adopting Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, affirming the Comissioner's final decision. Related docment 13 . Signed by Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. on 11/29/2017. (R,Sh)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL
Case No.: 1:16 CV 2519
JUDGE SOLOMON OLIVER, JR.
The Commissioner of Social Security Administration (“Commissioner”) denied disability
benefits and supplemental security income to Plaintiff Nafeeha Majeed (“Plaintiff”or “Ms. Majeed”),
in the above-captioned case. Plaintiff’s application alleged that she was disabled due to heart
complications, anxiety, and depression. Plaintiff sought judicial review of the Commissioner’s
decision, and this court referred the case to Magistrate Judge David A. Ruiz (“Magistrate Judge” or
“Judge Ruiz”) for preparation of a Report and Recommendation (“R & R”). Both parties submitted
briefs on the merits. Plaintiff requested an order reversing the Commissioner’s decision on the basis
that the Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) determination at Step Five of the Sequential
Evaluation, that Ms. Majeed had residual functional capacity to perform light work, was not
supported by substantial evidence. Ms. Majeed contended that the ALJ erred by failing to fully and
fairly evaluate the medical record involving her emotional and physical impairments, as well as by
failing to assign appropriate weight to the opinion evidence from the consultative examiner (Dr.
Mitchell Wax) and treating therapist (Meagan Ray-Novak, LISW). Ms. Majeed also challenged the
ALJ’s finding at Step Three of the Sequential Evaluation that Ms. Majeed’s impairment did not meet
or medically equal one of the impairments listed in 20 C.F.R. Pt. 404, subpt. P, App. 1 (“paragraph
B criteria”). Plaintiff concluded by arguing that the ALJ committed procedural error by failing to reopen her first application. The Commissioner sought final judgment upholding the decision below.
Judge Ruiz submitted his R & R (ECF No. 13) on October 12, 2017, concluding that the
court should affirm the Commissioner’s final decision. Specifically, Judge Ruiz rejected Ms.
Majeed’s assertion that the Commissioner ignored medical records that were favorable to her,
finding that the ALJ’s decision can reasonably be described as weighing the evidence. (R & R at 1317.) Judge Ruiz also found that the ALJ’s decision regarding the weight of opinion evidence was
supported by substantial evidence. (Id.at 23-27.) The Magistrate Judge noted that the “good reasons”
requirement does not apply to the opinions of Dr. Wax, a one-time examining psychologist, and Ms.
Ray-Novak, a non-medical source. (Id. at 26.) Finally, the Magistrate Judge found that the ALJ
provided substantial evidence to support his findings regarding the paragraph B criteria, and that
judicial review of the refusal to re-open a claim was not authorized under these circumstances. (Id.
at 19-23; 27-28.) As of the date of this Order, Plaintiff has not filed objections to the Magistrate
Judge’s R & R. By failing to file objections, Plaintiff has waived the right to appeal the Magistrate
Judge’s recommendation. Thomas v. Arn, 474 U.S. 140 (1985); United States v. Walters, 638 F.2d
947 (6th Cir. 1981).
The court also finds, after careful de novo review of the Magistrate Judge’s R & R and all
other relevant documents in the record, that the Magistrate Judge’s conclusions are fully supported
by the record and controlling case law. Accordingly, the court adopts as its own Judge Ruiz’s Report
and Recommendation (ECF No. 13). The court hereby affirms the Commissioner’s final decision.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ SOLOMON OLIVER, JR.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
November 29, 2017
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