Jones v. Commissioner, Social Security Administration

Filing 17

ORDER adopting report and recommendation. Ordered that the decision of the commissioner is affirmed and the complaint is hereby dismissed with prejudice. Ordered that any motion not previously ruled on is denied. Signed by Judge Ron Clark on 3/7/2017. (bjc, )

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS TYLER DIVISION MARIA JONES, Plaintiff, v. COMMISSIONER, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Defendant. § § § § § CASE NO. 6:15-CV-00729-RC-JDL § § § § § ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE On August 5, 2015, Plaintiff initiated the above entitled and numbered 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. Doc. No. 1. The case was referred to United States Magistrate Judge John D. Love pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636. On January 31, 2017, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report and Recommendation confirming that the decision of the Commissioner should be affirmed and the action be dismissed with prejudice. Doc. No. 15 (“R&R”). Plaintiff has filed objections to the Report and Recommendation. Doc. No. 16 (“Obj.”). Plaintiff objects that the Magistrate Judge “erred in finding that the ALJ correctly applied the applicable legal standards in assessing Ms. Jones’s credibility [], residual functional capacity (“RFC”) [], and ability to perform work [], and in finding that substantial evidence supports those assessments [].” Obj. at 1. Plaintiff then recites the standards for federal court review of an ALJ’s decision. Id. at 1–2; see also R&R at 2–3. Finally, Plaintiff quotes at length from her opening brief, concluding with the bare assertion that “the ALJ failed to apply the 1 applicable legal standards.” Obj. at 2–3. Plaintiff, however, does not discuss the Magistrate Judge’s findings in relevant detail in the substance of her objections. See generally Obj. Nor does Plaintiff provide any specific arguments explaining how the Magistrate Judge erred in his findings. Id. Regardless, Plaintiff’s general objections are unavailing. The Magistrate Judge thoroughly reviewed the ALJ’s credibility assessment and found that the ALJ properly considered all the relevant factors, including the objective medical evidence such as the findings of State agency examiners, in rendering his credibility findings. R&R at 6–11. Therefore, the Magistrate Judge did not err in finding the ALJ’s credibility findings to be supported by substantial evidence. Likewise, the Magistrate Judge properly found that the ALJ’s RFC finding is supported by substantial evidence. Id. at 11–12. The Magistrate Judge noted that the ALJ adequately explained the reasoning, appropriately weighed the evidence, and incorporated limitations into the RFC assessment that were more supported by the record. Id. at 12. Finally, the Magistrate Judge concluded that the ALJ properly relied on the testimony of a vocational expert and found that Plaintiff is capable of performing other work that exist in significant numbers in the national economy. Id. at 12–14. The Court finds no error in 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. So ORDERED and SIGNED this 7 day of March, 2017. ___________________________________ Ron Clark, United States District Judge 2

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