Walker v. Social Security Administration, No. 19-15039 (11th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the district court's decision affirming the ALJ's denial of social security disability benefits, holding that substantial evidence supports the ALJ's decision that plaintiff is not disabled. In this case, the ALJ assigned little weight to the opinions of a physician and a vocational rehabilitation specialist where the ALJ correctly understood that their statements were not dispositive. Furthermore, a vocational rehabilitation specialist is not a treating physician, and thus his opinion is not entitled to substantial or considerable weight, and the physician's opinion that plaintiff would be "permanently and totally disabled" conflicted with his own examinations of plaintiff, which showed no significant abnormalities. Finally, the court rejected plaintiff's argument under Bjornson v. Astrue, 671 F.3d 640, 647–48 (7th Cir. 2012).