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Gates v. Astrue, No. 10-1269

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By FindLaw Staff on December 29, 2010 2:36 PM

Denial of Disability Benefits Affirmed

In Gates v. Astrue, No. 10-1269, plaintiff's appeal from the decision of the district court upholding the Social Security Commissioner's denial of her application for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income, the court affirmed where 1) the medical record supported the conclusion that any depression experienced by plaintiff was situational in nature, related to marital issues, and improved with a regimen of medication and counseling; and 2) the ALJ did not err in not fully crediting plaintiff's testimony about her mental and physical limitations on her ability to do work-related activities.

As the court wrote:  "Margaret Gates appeals the decision of the district court upholding the Social Security Commissioner's denial of her application for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income."

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