Bruce v. Commissioner of Social Security
Order: The Magistrate Judge's Report and Recommendation (Doc. 20 ) be, and the same hereby is, adopted as the order of the court. The Commissioner's decision be, and the same hereby is, vacated, and this case isremanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion and the MagistrateJudges Report and Recommendation Judge James G. Carr on 7/29/17. (Attachments: # 1 Report and Recommendation)(C,D)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
Case No. 3:16CV1329
Commissioner of Social Security,
This is a Social Security case in which the plaintiff, Ashley Bruce, appeals the
Commissioner’s decision denying her application for benefits.
An administrative law judge ruled that, although Bruce suffered from multiple severe
impairments, she was not disabled within the meaning of the Social Security Administration’s
regulations. (Doc. 9 at 163–72).
Pending is Magistrate Judge Baughman’s Report and Recommendation (Doc. 20), which
recommends that I vacate the ALJ’s decision.
In particular, the Magistrate Judge found that substantial evidence did not support the ALJ’s
rulings that: 1) Bruce’s dermatitis and temporomandibular joint syndrom were non-severe
impairments; and 2) Bruce did not meet or equal the mental requirements of Listing 12.05(c). (Id.
at 5–11). Magistrate Judge Baughman then ruled that, because of those errors, a court not could not
assess whether substantial evidence supported the ALJ’s residual functional capacity. (Id. at 11).
The government has not filed an objection to the R&R.
Accordingly, because the failure to file an objection amounts to a forfeiture of the right to
do so, Amison v. Legg, 2015 WL 853526, *1 (N.D. Ohio) (Lioi, J.), and because in any event I find
the R&R well-taken, it is hereby
The Magistrate Judge’s Report and Recommendation (Doc. 20) be, and the same
hereby is, adopted as the order of the court; and
The Commissioner’s decision be, and the same hereby is, vacated, and this case is
remanded for further proceedings consistent with this opinion and the Magistrate
Judge’s Report and Recommendation.
/s/ James G. Carr
Sr. U.S. District Judge
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