Gordon v. Commissioner of the Social Security Administration
ORDER granting 22 Motion to Remand to the Commissioner for further evaluation under the fourth sentence of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). Signed by Magistrate Judge Kaymani D West on 6/4/2021.(gnan )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF SOUTH CAROLINA
WILBUR LEE GORDON,
Commissioner of the Social Security
Civil Action No. 5:20-cv-03137-KDW
The Commissioner has moved for entry of judgment and for remand pursuant to sentence
4 of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). ECF No. 22. In the Motion to Remand, the Commissioner specifically
[he] believes that further administrative action is warranted in this case.
Specifically, remand is warranted to evaluate further the evidence related to vertigo
and dizziness, evaluate further Plaintiff’s residual functional capacity, and further
evaluate Plaintiff’s ability to perform other work that exists in the national
ECF No. 22 at 1. Plaintiff filed his response to the Motion to Remand, indicating Plaintiff’s counsel
advised counsel for the Commissioner that “Plaintiff would have no objection to the request for
Remand provided that Defendant’s Motion include language that Plaintiff would have the
opportunity to [a] new hearing.” ECF No. 23 at 1. Plaintiff’s counsel represents that counsel for
the Commissioner advised that the Commissioner’s counsel “‘[could not] make that commitment
in the motion.’” Id. Plaintiff further argues that a new evidentiary hearing is “critical” for several
reasons. Id. at 1-2. The Commissioner did not submit a reply.
Having considered the Motion to Remand and response, and in view of the issues raised
by Plaintiff in his brief, ECF No. 20, the Defendant’s Motion, ECF No. 23, is granted and this
action is remanded to the Commissioner for further evaluation under the fourth sentence of 42
U.S.C. § 405(g). Upon remand, the Appeals Council is to remand the matter to an ALJ with
instructions to evaluate further the evidence related to vertigo and dizziness, evaluate further
Plaintiff’s residual functional capacity, and evaluate further Plaintiff’s ability to perform other
work that exists in the national economy. In conducting such further evaluation, the ALJ is
instructed to provide Plaintiff with the opportunity for a new evidentiary hearing.
The Clerk of Court is directed to enter a separate final judgment terminating this case,
hereby ending this civil action pursuant to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 58.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
June 4, 2021
Florence, South Carolina
Kaymani D. West
United States Magistrate Judge
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