Thursday, September 18, 2008

disability - failure to consider evidence - remand

Magid v. Astrue - ED Pa. - September 18, 2008

The ALJ failed to mention--and presumably consider--the opinion of an examining state agency psychologist, Dr. Gensemer.

"In coming to the determination that Magid did not have any mental limitations that would prevent him from performing “at least semi-skilled work,” it is unclear whether or not the ALJ completely ignored Dr. Gensemer’s opinion. Thus, the case must be remanded for the ALJ to reconsider the medical evidence in the record regarding Magid’s mental limitations and explain his reasoning for accepting and rejecting the various opinions. See Burnett v. Comm’r of Social Sec. Admin., 220 F.3d 112, 121-22 (3d Cir. 2000).

"The above analysis demonstrates that the ALJ failed to fully consider the record before him, and thus, the court will not make a ruling on Magid’s remaining arguments regarding whether or not the ALJ erred in determining that Magid could perform medium work and return to his past relevant work. "