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17-500 - CLARK v. BERRYHILL


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17-500 - CLARK v. BERRYHILL
February 12, 2018
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ENTRY REVIEWING THE COMMISSIONER'S DECISION - Plaintiff Tammy Clark applied for disability insurance benefits from the Social Security Administration ("SSA") on August 14, 2013, alleging an onset date of December 29, 2012. [Filing No. 13-5 at 2.] Her application was initially denied on January 15, 2014, [Filing No. 13-4 at 2], and upon reconsideration on June 20, 2014, [Filing No. 13-4 at 8]. Administrative Law Judge Jody Hilger Odell (the "ALJ") held a hearing on October 8, 2015. [Filing No. 13-2 at 32-79.] The ALJ issued a decision on December 2, 2015, concluding that Ms. Clark was not entitled to receive disability insurance benefits. [Filing No. 13-2 at 9.] The Appeals Council denied review on December 23, 2016. [Filing No. 13-2 at 2.] On February 16, 2017, Ms. Clark timely filed this civil action, asking the Court to review the denial of benefits pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 405(g). [Filing No. 1.] "The standard for disability claims under the Social Security Act is stringent." "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." Taken together, the Court can find no legal basis presented by Ms. Clark to reverse the ALJ's decision that she was not disabled during the relevant time period. Therefore, the decision below is AFFIRMED. Final judgment will issue accordingly. (SEE ENTRY). Signed by Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson on 2/12/2018.(APD)