United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Northern Division
MICHAEL J. HAGAN, Plaintiff,
ANDREW M. SAUL,  Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant.
CRITES-LEONI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Michael J. Hagan brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C.
§ 405(g), seeking judicial review of the Social Security
Administration Commissioner's denial of his application
for Disability Insurance Benefits under Title II of the
Social Security Act.
Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) found that,
despite Hagan's severe impairments, he was not disabled
as he had the residual functional capacity
(“RFC”) to perform work existing in significant
numbers in the national economy.
matter is pending before the undersigned United States
Magistrate Judge, with consent of the parties, pursuant to 28
U.S.C. § 636(c). A summary of the entire record is
presented in the parties' briefs and is repeated here
only to the extent necessary.
following reasons, the decision of the Commissioner will be
filed his application for benefits on October 30, 2015,
claiming that he became unable to work on April 24, 2014.
(Tr. 142-43.) In his Disability Report, Hagan alleged
disability due to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
(“ADHD”), post-traumatic stress disorder
(“PTSD”), and gout. (Tr. 172.) Hagan was 52 years
of age on his alleged onset of disability date. (Tr. 24.) His
application was denied initially. (Tr. 74-79.) Hagan's
claim was denied by an ALJ on February 5, 2018. (Tr. 15-26.)
On July 2, 2018, the Appeals Council denied Hagan's claim
for review. (Tr. 1-4.) Thus, the decision of the ALJ stands
as the final decision of the Commissioner. See 20
C.F.R. §§ 404.981, 416.1481.
action, Hagan argues that “the decision of the ALJ is
contrary to the weight of the evidence currently of
record.” (Doc. 20 at p. 3.)
The ALJ's Determination
first found that Hagan meets the insured status requirements
of the Act through December 31, 2019. (Tr. 17.) She next
found that Hagan did not engage in substantial gainful
activity since April 24, 2014, his alleged onset date.
Id. In addition, the ALJ concluded that Hagan had
the following severe impairments: anxiety disorder, PTSD, and
bipolar disorder. (Tr. 18.) The ALJ found that Hagan did not
have an impairment or combination of impairments that met or
medically equaled the severity of one of the listed
impairments. (Tr. 19.)
Hagan's RFC, the ALJ stated:
After careful consideration of the entire record, I find that
the claimant has the residual functional capacity to perform
a full range of work at all exertional levels but with the
following nonexertional limitations: The claimant can perform
simple, routine tasks and can have occasional interaction
with supervisors, coworkers, and the public.
found that Hagan was unable to perform any past relevant
work, but was capable of performing other jobs existing in
significant numbers in the national economy, such as laundry
laborer, linen room attendant, and stubber. (Tr. 23-25.) The
ALJ therefore concluded that Hagan was not under a
disability, as defined in the Social Security Act, from April
24, 2014, through the date of the decision. (Tr. 26.)
ALJ's final decision reads as follows:
Based on the application for a period of disability and
disability insurance benefits protectively filed on October
30, 2015, the claimant is not disabled under sections 216(i)
and 223(d) of the Social Security Act.