Carlisle v. Commissioner, Social Security Administration
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS for 21 Report and Recommendations. Signed by Judge Rodney Gilstrap on 08/03/2015. (nkl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
LISA MICHELLE CARLISLE
COMMISSIONER, SOCIAL SECURITY
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:13cv966
MEMORANDUM ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF THE UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
AND ENTERING FINAL JUDGMENT
The Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, which contains his findings,
conclusions, and recommendation for the disposition of this action, has been presented for
consideration. The Report and Recommendation recommends that the social security complaint be
dismissed with prejudice. Plaintiff has objected to the Magistrate Judge’s conclusion that the ALJ’s
determination that the Plaintiff was only partially credible is supported by substantial evidence, and
the Magistrate Judge’s conclusion that the ALJ’s residual functional capacity discussion is
sufficiently specific to make clear that the SSR 96-7p regulatory factors were considered.
Plaintiff argues that the ALJ failed to consider all seven of the factors set out in SSR 96-7p
in determining that her statements were not substantiated by objective medical evidence. She did
not advance this argument in her brief or reply brief. The ALJ observed that Plaintiff suffered a knee
injury in September of 2011 and her treating physician gave her a work release without restrictions
in May of 2012. State agency physician Dr. Cremona stated that Plaintiff’s limitations were not
expected to remain severe for 12 consecutive months. The medical records did not support the level
of severity alleged by the Plaintiff and she was working three part-time jobs.
The ALJ is not required to specifically articulate evidence supporting a credibility finding
and discuss the evidence that was rejected. Falco v. Shalala, 27 F.3d 160, 164 (5th Cir. 1994). The
ALJ likewise is not required to “mechanically follow every guiding regulatory factor in articulating
reasons for denying claims or weighing credibility.” Clary v. Barnhart, 214 F.App’x 479, 2007 WL
201145 (5th Cir., January 24, 2007), citing Hillman v. Barnhart, 170 F.App’x 909, 2006 WL 690879,
110 Soc. Sec. Rep. Service 70 (March 20, 2006) (upholding ALJ’s decision despite the fact that the
ALJ “did not explicitly discuss every factor set forth in the regulations.”) The ALJ’s decision was
supported by substantial evidence even though each individual factor may not have been discussed.
Furthermore, procedural perfection in administrative proceedings is not required as long as
the substantial rights of a party have not been affected. Mays v. Bowen, 837 F.2d 1362, 1364 (5th
Cir. 1988). To establish prejudice stemming from an error, the claimant must show that he could
and would have adduced evidence that might have altered the result, Kane v. Heckler, 731 F.2d
1216, 1219-20 (5th Cir. 1984), or that adherence to the ruling might have led to a different decision.
Newton v. Apfel, 209 F.3d 448, 458 (5th Cir. 2000). Plaintiff has made no such showing. Her
objections are without merit.
The Court has conducted a careful de novo review of those portions of the Magistrate Judge’s
proposed findings and recommendations to which objection was made. See 28 U.S.C. §636(b)(1)
(district judge shall “make a de novo determination of those portions of the report or specified
proposed findings or recommendations to which objection is made.”) Upon such de novo review,
the Court has determined that the Report of the Magistrate Judge is correct and the Plaintiff’s
objections are without merit. It is accordingly
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s objections are overruled and the Report of the Magistrate Judge
(docket no. 21) is ADOPTED as the opinion of the District Court. It is further
ORDERED that the decision of the Commissioner is AFFIRMED and the Plaintiff’s
complaint is DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Finally, it is
ORDERED that any motion not previously ruled on is DENIED.
SIGNED this 19th day of December, 2011.
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 3rd day of August, 2015.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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