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16-2386 - COMBS v. BERRYHILL


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16-2386 - COMBS v. BERRYHILL
June 26, 2017
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ENTRY REVIEWING THE COMMISSIONER'S DECISION - Plaintiff Earnestine Combs applied for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income from the Social Security Administration ("SSA") on May 20, 2013, alleging an onset date of March 29, 2013. [Filing No. 14-6 at 9-14.] Her applications were initially denied on July 5, 2013, [Filing No. 14-4 at 4-21], and upon reconsideration on August 21, 2013, [Filing No. 14-4 at 22-35]. Administrative Law Judge Hortensia Haaversen (the "ALJ") held a hearing on January 22, 2015, [Filing No. 14-2 at 43-59], and issued a decision on April 6, 2015, concluding that Ms. Combs was not entitled to receive disability insurance benefits or supplemental security income, [Filing No. 14-2 at 23-42]. The Appeals Council denied review on August 18, 2016. [Filing No. 14-2 at 2-7.] On September 6, 2016, Ms. Combs timely filed this civil action, asking the Court to review the denial of benefits pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 405 (g) and 42 U.S.C. § 1383(c). [Filing No. 1.] Ms. Combs also filed a Motion to Strike, [Filing No. 23], which the Court will consider herein. For the reasons stated in this Entry, Ms. Combs' Motion to Strike, [Filing No. 23], is GRANTED. As such, the Court did not consider the 2013 Transcript in its decision herein and disregarded all references to the document in the party's respective briefs. However, "[t]he standard for disability claims under the Social Security Act is stringent." Williams-Overstreet v. Astrue, 364 F. App'x 271, 274 (7th Cir. 2010). "Even claimants with substantial impairments are not necessarily entitled to benefits, which are paid for by taxes, including taxes paid by those who work despite serious physical or mental impairments and for whom working is difficult and painful." Id. at 274. Taken together, the Court can find no legal basis presented by Ms. Combs to reverse the ALJ's decision that she was not disabled during the relevant time period. Therefore, the decision below is AFFIRMED. Final judgment shall issue accordingly. (See Entry). Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 6/26/2017. (APD)