U.S. District Court, WDNY
Social Security Disability
Sufficiency of the Evidence
Coppeta v. Commissioner of Social Security
Background: The plaintiff appealed from the defendant’s denial of disability insurance benefits. The plaintiff had alleged an inability to work due to migraine headaches, a degenerative disc disease, and carpal tunnel syndrome. The defendant moved for judgment on the pleadings.
Ruling: The District Court granted the defendant’s motion and dismissed the complaint. The court found that the Administrative Law Judge correctly determined that the plaintiff could perform light, low stress work. The ALJ further found that the plaintiff had no difficulty in daily living. The fact that the plaintiff could not return to her past work did not direct a finding of disability as the plaintiff argued. Finally, there was no medical evidence supporting many of the plaintiff’s claims regarding her debilitating headaches.
Christine L. Coppeta, pro se; Kathryn L. Smith, of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, for the defendant