United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Southeastern Division
JOHN J. ALEKSIEJCZYK, Plaintiff,
NANCY A. BERRYHILL, Acting Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
A. ROSS UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.
an action under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) for judicial review
of the Commissioner of Social Security's final decision
denying John Joseph Aleksiejczyk's
("Aleksiejczyk") application for supplemental
security income benefits under Title XVI of the Social
Security Act, 42 U.S.C. §1381, et seg.
applied for supplemental security income benefits on October
24, 2013, alleging disability as of March 1, 2004, due to
mood disorder, anxiety disorder, personality disorder, and
poly substance abuse. After his application was denied at the
initial administrative level, he requested a hearing before
an administrative law judge ("ALJ"). Following a
hearing on November 9, 2015, the ALJ issued a written
decision on June 29, 2016, denying his application.
Aleksiejczyk's request for review by the Appeals Council
was denied. Thus, the decision of the ALJ stands as the final
decision of the Commissioner. See Sims v. Apfel, 530
U.S. 103, 107 (2000).
Court's review of this record shows that the Statement of
Facts is accurate and complete, however, the materiality and
relevancy of numerous facts is disputed, as Aleksiejczyk was
incarcerated at the time the indicated medical treatment was
provided. (Doc. No. 24-1). The Court otherwise
adopts Aleksiejczyk's Statement of Facts, and specific
facts will be discussed as part of the analysis. (Doc. No. 17
court's role on judicial review is to determine whether
the ALJ's findings are supported by substantial evidence
in the record as a whole. Johnson v. Astrue, 628
F.3d 991, 992 (8th Cir. 2009). "Substantial evidence is
that which a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to
support a conclusion." Id. (citations omitted).
The court may not reverse merely because substantial evidence
exists in the record that would support a contrary outcome or
because the court would have decided the case differently.
See Krogmeier v. Barnhait 294 F.3d 1019, 1022 (8th
determine whether the ALJ's final decision is supported
by substantial evidence, the court is required to review the
administrative record as a whole and to consider:
(1) The findings of credibility made by the ALJ;
(2) The education, background, work history, and age of the
(3) The medical evidence given by the claimant's treating
(4) The subjective complaints of pain and description of the
claimant's physical ...