United States District Court, N.D. Indiana, Hammond Division
OPINION AND ORDER
E. MARTIN, UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
matter is before the Court on a Complaint [DE 1], filed by
Plaintiff Valerie Spain on April 2, 2015, and
Plaintiff’s Opening Social Security Brief [DE 14],
filed by Plaintiff on December 22, 2015. Plaintiff requests
that the decision of the Administrative Law Judge be reversed
and remanded for further proceedings. On March 29, 2016, the
Commissioner filed a response, and on April 12, 2016,
Plaintiff filed a reply. For the following reasons, the Court
denies Plaintiff’s request for remand.
November 14, 2012, Plaintiff filed an application for a
period of disability and for disability insurance benefits
with the U.S. Social Security Administration
(“SSA”). Plaintiff claimed disability beginning
March 22, 2011. Plaintiff’s application was denied
initially and upon reconsideration. On April 3, 2014,
Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”) Angelita
Hamilton held a video hearing at which Plaintiff, with
counsel, appeared at a video hearing, and a vocational expert
(“VE”) testified. On April 16, 2014, the ALJ
issued a decision finding that Plaintiff was not disabled.
made the following findings under the required five-step
1. The claimant met the insured status requirements of the
Social Security Act through December 31, 2011.
2. The claimant did not engage in substantial gainful
activity from her alleged onset date of March 22, 2011,
through her date last insured.
3. The claimant had the following medically determinable
impairments: cervical spondylosis, degenerative changes in
her lumbar spine, pancreatitis, proctitis, gastritis,
impairments of the gallbladder, depression, and anxiety.
4. Through the date last insured, the claimant did not have
an impairment or combination of impairments that
significantly limited the ability to perform basic
work-related activities for 12 consecutive months; therefore,
the claimant did not have a severe impairment or combination
5. The claimant was not under a disability as defined in the
Social Security Act from October 10, 2012, through the date
of the decision.
Appeals Council denied Plaintiff’s request for review,
leaving the ALJ’s decision the final decision of the
parties filed forms of consent to have this case assigned to
a United States Magistrate Judge to conduct all further
proceedings and to order the entry of a final judgment in
this case. Therefore, this Court has jurisdiction to decide
this case pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(c) and 42 U.S.C.
has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, cervical spondlyosis, a
thyroid condition, depression, and anxiety. In August 2011,
blood tests were positive for antinuclear antibodies, one
indicator of a potential autoimmune disease, and in September
2011 a colonoscopy revealed chronic active inflammation of
her rectal colon possibly caused by ...