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Rider v. Colvin
United States District Court, D. South Carolina, Beaufort Division
September 15, 2014
Candace Jackson Rider, Plaintiff,
Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant.
R. BRYAN HARWELL, District Judge.
This matter is before the Court after the issuance of the Report and Recommendation ("R&R") of United States Magistrate Judge Bristow Marchant. Plaintiff Candace Jackson Rider brought this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405(g), seeking judicial review of a final decision of the Commissioner of Social Security ("the Commissioner") denying Plaintiff's claim for disability insurance benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act ("the Act"). In his R&R, the Magistrate Judge recommends affirming the decision of the Commissioner.
FACTUAL FINDINGS AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Plaintiff applied for disability insurance benefits in April 2010, alleging that she became unable to work on March 31, 2010. The application was denied initially and on reconsideration. Plaintiff requested a hearing before the Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") on March 9, 2011. That hearing was held on October 19, 2011, and Plaintiff appeared and testified. A vocational expert also testified. The ALJ issued a decision dated January 3, 2012, finding that Plaintiff was not disabled. The ALJ's overall findings were as follows:
1. The claimant meets the insured status requirements of the Social Security Act through June 30, 2014.
2. The claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since March 31, 2010, the alleged onset date (20 CFR 404.1571 et seq. ).
3. The claimant has the following severe impairments: multiple sclerosis (MS), headaches, venous insufficiency, obesity, degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine, chronic pain syndrome with spinal neuritis or radiculitis (unspecified), sacroiliitis, and myalgia and myositis (unspecified), in addition to mental impairments of bipolar disorder, depression, and anxiety (20 CFR 404.1520(c)).
4. The claimant does not have an impairment or combination of impairments that meets or medically equals the severity of one of the listed impairments in 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 1 (20 CFR 404.1520(d), 404.1525 and 404.1526).
5. After careful consideration of the entire record, I find that the claimant has the residual functional capacity to perform light work as defined in 20 CFR 404.1567(b). The claimant could lift/carry 20 pounds occasionally and 10 pounds frequently. The claimant could stand/walk two out of eight hours in an eight-hour workday, and the claimant could not continuously walk more than 10 minutes at one time. The claimant requires a sit/stand option that allows the claimant to sit or stand for 30 to 40 minutes at one time before changing positions. The claimant could occasionally climb ramps, stairs, and ladders, ropes, and scaffolds. The claimant could occasionally stoop, kneel, crouch, and crawl. The claimant should avoid concentrated exposure to extreme cold, extreme heat, and workplace hazards. The claimant is limited to simple, routine, repetitive tasks requiring only occasional public contact in a low stress work environment characterized by occasional changes in the work setting and occasional decision-making.
6. The claimant is unable to perform any past relevant work ...
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