Davis v. Commissioner of Social Security et al

Filing 14

ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION as to Denzil Louis Davis, Jr. Signed by Chief Judge Gina M. Groh on 08/03/2017. (cwm)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA MARTINSBURG DENZIL LOUIS DAVIS, JR., Plaintiff, v. CIVIL ACTION NO.: 3:16-CV-126 (GROH) NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant. ORDER ADOPTING REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION On this day, the above-styled matter came before the Court for consideration of the Report and Recommendation (“R&R”) of United States Magistrate Judge Michael J. Aloi, to which neither party filed objections. Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b)(1)(C), this Court is required to make a de novo review of those portions of the R&R to which objection is made; however, failure to file objections waives the right to de novo review. See Webb v. Califano, 468 F. Supp. 825, 830-31 (E.D. Cal. 1979). Accordingly, because no objections were filed, this Court will review the R&R for clear error. In this matter, the R&R concludes that the Administrative Law Judge’s (“ALJ”) decision does not contain specific reasons in support of his credibility determination. Specifically, Magistrate Judge Aloi states that the ALJ’s credibility analysis “largely consist[s] of a recitation of objective medical evidence” rather than a meaningful explanation of the weight afforded to the Plaintiff’s subjective complaints and various medical records. See ECF No. 13 at 36-43. As is the case here, the ALJ’s failure to “build an accurate and logical bridge from the evidence to his conclusion” is reversible error. See Monroe v. Colvin, 826 F.3d 176, 189 (4th Cir. 2016) (internal quotation omitted) (quoting Clifford v. Apfel, 227 F.3d 863, 872 (7th Cir. 2000)); see also Lewis v. Berryhill, 858 F.3d 858, 868 (4th Cir. 2017). Therefore, the decision of the Commissioner must be vacated and this case remanded for reconsideration. Upon consideration, this Court finds that the Report and Recommendation of Magistrate Judge Aloi [ECF No. 13] is not clearly erroneous and thus ORDERS it ADOPTED for the reasons more fully stated therein. Accordingly, the Court GRANTS the Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment [ECF No. 9], DENIES the Defendant Commissioner’s motion for summary judgment [ECF No. 11], VACATES the Commissioner’s decision and REMANDS this case for a thorough and appropriate evaluation of the evidence consistent with the directives in the R&R. The Clerk is DIRECTED to strike this matter from the Court’s active docket, enter a separate judgment order in favor of the Plaintiff and transmit copies of this Order to all counsel of record. DATED: August 3, 2017 2

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