KKC v. Colvin, No. 15-1030 (8th Cir. 2016)Annotate this Case
Robert Dean Carter appealed the denial of his application for disability insurance benefits and supplemental security income. The ALJ concluded that Carter was not disabled because he did not have an impairment or combination of impairments that met or medically equaled one of the listed impairments for chronic heart failure and because Carter had the residual functional capacity (RFC) to perform a limited range of sedentary work. After Carter died, Carter's daughter, KKC, appealed the denial of benefits. The court concluded that substantial evidence supports the ALJ’s finding that Carter’s impairment did not meet section 4.02(B)(1) and 4.02(B)(3); the ALJ did not err by refusing to give controlling weight to the opinion of Carter's treating physician where the physician's statement at issue did not resolve the legal issue of whether Carter was disabled; and the ALJ’s RFC assessment was supported by substantial evidence on the record as a whole. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment.