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Hagan v. Saul

United States District Court, E.D. Missouri, Northern Division

September 11, 2019

MICHAEL J. HAGAN, Plaintiff,
v.
ANDREW M. SAUL, [1] Commissioner of Social Security Administration, Defendant.

          MEMORANDUM

          ABBIE CRITES-LEONI UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE

         Plaintiff 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.

         An 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.

         This 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.

         For the following reasons, the decision of the Commissioner will be affirmed.

         I. Procedural History

         Hagan 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.

         In this 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.)

         II. The ALJ's Determination

         The ALJ 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.)

         As to 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.

(Tr. 20.)

         The ALJ 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.)

         The 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.

Id.

         III. Applicable Law

         III. A. ...


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