U.S. District Court, WDNY
Sanders v. Astrue
Background: The plaintiff sought review of a final decision of the commissioner of Social Security denying the plaintiff’s application for Supplemental Security Income. The Administrative Law Judge found that the plaintiff was not disabled within the meaning of the Social Security Act. The plaintiff argued that the decision was not supported by the evidence. The defendant moved for judgment on the pleadings.
Ruling: The defendant’s motion was granted. The ALJ’s determination had not deviated from the standards required by law and the decision was fully supported by the evidence. The ALJ found that while the plaintiff had severe impairments, such impairments did not prohibit the plaintiff from performing light or sedentary work. The court agreed with the ALJ noting the number of such jobs available and concluded that the plaintiff was not disabled within the meaning of the act.
Howard D. Olinsky of Olinsky & Shurtliff LLP for the plaintiff; John J. Field of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the defendant