Hunter v. SSA, No. 15-12625 (11th Cir. 2015)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff appealed the denial of her application for disability insurance benefits, contending in part that the district court should have remanded the case to the Commissioner for further proceedings to consider new evidence. The court agreed with the Sixth Circuit's rejection of the notion that the mere existence of a subsequent decision in the claimant's favor, standing alone, warranted reconsideration of the first application. In this case, the only “new evidence” plaintiff cites in support of her request for remand is the later favorable decision. The court concluded that the later decision is not evidence for purposes of 42 U.S.C. 405(g). Because plaintiff does not offer any other new evidence, she has not established that remand is warranted. The court also concluded that the ALJ's conclusion that plaintiff was able to perform light work was supported by substantial evidence and that the ALJ gave adequate weight to the opinion of her treating physician, finding it inconsistent with the medical records and other evidence. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.