Wallace v. Commissioner, Social Security Administration
ORDER adopting 20 Report and Recommendation. Signed by Judge Ron Clark on 3/29/2017. (bjc, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CIVIL ACTION NO. 6:15cv722
ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND
RECOMMENDATION OF THE UNITED
STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
The Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, which contains her findings,
conclusions, and recommendation for the disposition of this action, has been presented for
The Report and Recommendation recommends that the decision of the
Commissioner be affirmed and that the complaint be dismissed with prejudice. Plaintiff filed
written objections on March 13, 2017.
Having made a de novo review of the objection filed by Plaintiff, the findings, conclusions
and recommendation of the Magistrate Judge are correct and Plaintiff’s objection is without merit.
As fully described in the Report and Recommendation, there is substantial evidence in the record
supporting the Commissioner’s decision and the ALJ applied the correct legal standards.
Plaintiff asserts a conclusory allegation that the ALJ did not properly weigh and articulate
the weight given to each medical opinion in accordance with 20 C.F.R. 404.1527. Plaintiff does
not, however, identify a specific medical opinion that the ALJ failed to properly weigh. The
regulation relied upon by Plaintiff—20 C.F.R. 404.1527—provides guidance for evaluating
medical opinions. The regulation defines medical opinions as “statements from acceptable
medical sources that reflect judgments about the nature and severity of [the claimant’s]
impairment(s), including [his] symptoms, diagnosis and prognosis, what [he] can still do despite
impairment[s], and [his] physical or mental restrictions.”
20 C.F.R. 404.1527(a)(1).
regulation does not include a requirement for the ALJ to weigh each treatment note, although the
record in this case reveals that the ALJ properly considered the medical record in its entirety. Here,
the ALJ identified the weight given to the one opinion in the record that addresses Plaintiff’s
functional ability, a State agency consultant’s opinion that Plaintiff can perform light work activity.
The ALJ determined that the opinion should be given little weight because the consultant did not
review the entire record and the ALJ further restricted Plaintiff’s activity level to sedentary work.
Plaintiff has not identified any other medical opinion, as defined by 20 C.F.R. 404.1527(a)(1), that
appears in the record. The findings and conclusions of the Magistrate Judge are, therefore, adopted
as those of the Court. It is
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s objection is OVERRULED.
The decision of the
Commissioner is AFFIRMED and this Social Security action is DISMISSED WITH
PREJUDICE. It is further
ORDERED that any motion not previously ruled on is DENIED.
So ORDERED and SIGNED this 29th day of March, 2017.
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