Deters v. Colvin
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS. The decision of the Commissioner is AFFIRMED and the complaint is hereby DISMISSED WITH PREJUDICE. Any motion not previously ruled on is DENIED. Signed by Judge Michael H. Schneider on 01/21/16. (mll, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
COMMISSIONER, SOCIAL SECURITY
CIVIL ACTION No. 6:14-cv-851
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Plaintiff Ginger Deters initiated this civil action pursuant to Social Security Act, Section
205(g) for judicial review of the Commissioner’s denial of Plaintiff’s application for Social
Security benefits. The case was referred to United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love, who
issued a Report and Recommendation concluding that the decision of the Commissioner should
be affirmed and the action dismissed with prejudice.
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. Plaintiff has filed an objection to the Report and Recommendation. (Doc. No.
14.) Specifically, Plaintiff objects to Judge Love’s finding that the ALJ’s decision is supported
by substantial evidence. Id. at 1. In general, Plaintiff raises arguments nearly identical to those
raised in Plaintiff’s briefing. Id. Plaintiff objects to the Magistrate Judge’s analysis of the ALJ’s
findings based on the weight afforded to the treating physician’s report. Id. at 1, 5. However, as
discussed in the Report and Recommendation, the ALJ considered and afforded sufficient weight
to the treating physician’s report and only afforded “little weight” to the treating physician’s
Global Assessment of Functioning (“GAF”) rating where that rating was directly inconsistent
with the treating physician’s own report. (Doc. No. 13, at 6–7.) As was further discussed by the
Magistrate Judge, these findings were consistent with Plaintiff’s own accounting of her daily
activities and the assessment of the psychological State Agency, which ultimately supported the
ALJ’s RFC finding. Id. at 7–8. Therefore, Judge Love concluded that the ALJ did not err in his
decision to afford little weight to the GAF rating, and that the ALJ’s RFC finding was supported
by substantial evidence. Id. The Court agrees with the Magistrate Judge’s findings.
Therefore the Court hereby adopts the findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge
as the findings and conclusions of the Court. It is accordingly ORDERED that the decision of
the Commissioner is AFFIRMED and the complaint is hereby DISMISSED WITH
PREJUDICE. It is further ORDERED that any motion not previously ruled on is DENIED.
SIGNED this 21st day of January, 2016.
MICHAEL H. SCHNEIDER
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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