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November 3, 2014
  Reid v. Comm'r Soc. Sec. -- Fourth Circuit
Headline: More than Satisfactory--Record Shows ALJ Completely Reviewed Evidence When Denying Social Security Benefits

Area of Law: Social Security

Issue Presented: Whether the ALJ failed to sufficiently consider all evidence and evaluate the cumulative effect of Reid's injuries before denying a social security claim.

Brief Summary: In 2006, Brian Reid filed for disability benefits claiming a fall from a roof in 2004 left him unable to work. He appealed the initial denial and a hearing was conducted before an administrative law judge (ALJ) who affirmed the denial. The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that Reid failed to point to evidence that, if considered, would have changed the outcome of his application. Consequently, the court took the ALJ at its words when it declared it considered all the evidence before it. The Fourth Circuit also found evidence in the record where the ALJ explicitly considered the cumulative effects of Reid's injuries and concluded that those injuries combined did not meet or medically equal one of the listed statutory impairments. The court held that the ALJ had exceeded the statutory requirements.

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Panel: Before Chief Judge Traxler, and Judges Niemeyer and Duncan

Argument Date: 05/15/2014

Date of Issued Opinion: 07/2/2014

Docket Number: No. 13-1480

Decided: Affirmed by published opinion

Case Alert Author: Casandra Mejias

Counsel: Beatrice E. Whitten, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, for Appellant. Sarah Van Arsdale Berry, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Denver, Colorado, for Appellee. ON BRIEF: William N. Nettles, United States Attorney, Barbara M. Bowens, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Columbia, South Carolina; John Jay Lee, Regional Chief Counsel, Kirsten A. Westerland, Assistant Regional Counsel, Dorrelyn K. Dietrich, Special Assistant United States Attorney, SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION, Denver, Colorado, for Appellee.

Author of Opinion: Judge Niemeyer

Case Alert Circuit Supervisor: Professor Renée Hutchins

    Posted By: Renee Hutchins @ 11/03/2014 01:24 PM     4th Circuit  

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