HERCZEG v. ASTRUE
ORDER THAT THE CLERK OF COURT IS DIRECTED TO REMOVE THIS ACTION FROM THE SUSPENSE DOCKET & RETURN IT TO THE ACTIVE DOCKET. THE REPORT & RECOMMENDATION IS APPROVED & ADOPTED; & PLFF'S PETITION FOR REVIEW IS DENIED. SIGNED BY HONORABLE CYNTHIA M. RUFE ON 5/30/13. 5/31/13 ENTERED AND COPIES E-MAILED.(kw, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
KATHY A. HERCZEG
CAROLYN W. COLVIN,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security,*
CIVIL ACTION NO. 12-6635
Plaintiff Kathy Herczeg filed this action under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) requesting judicial
review of the final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
(“Commissioner”), denying her claim for Disability Insurance Benefits. This Court referred the
case to United States Magistrate Judge Jacob P. Hart for a Report and Recommendation
(“R&R”). Magistrate Judge Hart recommended that the Commissioner’s decision be affirmed.
No objections were filed.
The Commissioner affirmed the decision of the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), who
found that although Ms. Herczeg suffered from severe impairments of autoimmune disorder,
osteoarthritis, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, and personality disorder, these impairments did
not render her disabled. In her request for review, Ms. Herczeg argued that (1) the ALJ’s finding
that Ms. Herczeg did not meet listing 12.04 of the applicable regulations was not supported by
substantial evidence, and (2) Ms. Herczeg’s residual functional capacity as found by the ALJ did
not take into account the limitations imposed by the treating psychiatrist. The Magistrate Judge
determined that the ALJ’s decision was supported by substantial evidence. Because no
objections to the R&R were filed, the Court need not perform a de novo review and has the
discretion to “accept, reject, or modify, in whole or in part, the findings or recommendations
Substituted pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 25(d).
made by the magistrate.”1 The Court has carefully considered the administrative record and the
R&R, and agrees with the Magistrate Judge’s recommendation. The ALJ considered the
evidence of Plaintiff’s impairments, including the testimony of the treating psychiatrist, Dr.
Zemanek, and explained the reasons for the decision. The standard is not whether the Court
would have reached the same decision as the ALJ but whether the ALJ’s decision is supported by
substantial evidence. The Court agrees with the Magistrate Judge that it is.
AND NOW, this 30th day of May 2013, after careful review and independent
consideration of the administrative record, and of the Report and Recommendation of United
States Magistrate Judge Jacob P. Hart, to which no objections have been filed, it is hereby
The Clerk of Court is directed to remove this action from the suspense docket and
return it to the active docket;
The Report and Recommendation is APPROVED and ADOPTED; and
Plaintiff’s Petition for Review is DENIED.
It is so ORDERED.
BY THE COURT:
/s/ Cynthia M. Rufe
CYNTHIA M. RUFE, J.
Henderson v. Carlson, 812 F.2d 874, 878 (3d Cir. 1987).
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