Denial of applications for disability benefits and supplemental income
Ferguson v. Comm'r of Soc. Sec., 09-4387, concerned a challenge to the district court's affirmance of the Commission of Social Security's denial of plaintiff's applications for disability benefits and supplemental security income.
The court affirmed the district court's rejection of plaintiff's claim
that the ALJ violated SSR 96-5p as, the ALJ's thorough opinion
demonstrates that he carefully considered the entire record in this
case, that he identified substantial evidence supporting the
determination that plaintiff was not disabled, and that he did not abuse
his discretion in failing to recontact a doctor, because the bases for
her opinion, though wanting, were not unclear or ambiguous. The court
also held that the district court did not err when it declined to remand
the matter to the ALJ for consideration of new evidence that was
accepted by the Appeals Council.