Dowling v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration, No. 19-2141 (4th Cir. 2021)Annotate this Case
The Fourth Circuit reversed the district court's decision affirming the ALJ's determination that plaintiff's disability had ceased as of March 31, 2013. The court concluded that the ALJ committed two legal errors: first, the ALJ erred by failing to consider each of the factors listed in 20 C.F.R. 404.1527(c) before affording only negligible weight to the medical opinion of one of plaintiff's treating physicians; and second, the ALJ erred by assessing plaintiff's residual functional capacity (RFC) pursuant to an incorrect framework and without explaining his RFC-related findings in the manner required by Social Security regulations. Accordingly, the court remanded for further administrative proceedings.