Adams v. Astrue, No. 11-7026 (10th Cir. 2011)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff Lacauna Adams, on behalf of her minor son D.J.W., appeared pro se seeking review of a district court’s judgment that affirmed the Social Security Commissioner’s denial of D.J.W.’s application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. In late 2006, Plaintiff filed an application for SSI benefits for her son who was five years old at that time. In it, she alleged he became disabled in 2004 due to asthma. The agency denied the application initially and on reconsideration. Although neither side raised the issue, the Tenth Circuit concluded that Plaintiff could proceed pro se on behalf of her minor child to challenge in federal court the administrative denial of SSI benefits, but the Court affirmed the Commissioner’s denial of those benefits.