Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks
Plaintiff brought her action on behalf of L.J.P., a minor school-age child whom plaintiff asserted suffered from dyslexia, ADD, and bipolar disorder, protectively seeking social security income benefits for L.J.P. When plaintiff’s application was denied she requested a hearing before an ALJ, who determined that L.J.P. was not disabled under the Social Security Act. The ALJ had found that L.J.P. had not engaged in substantial economic activity and although she had severe impairments, they did not meet or medically equal impairments eligible for SSI benefits. In support of her motion, plaintiff argued that the ALJ’s decision was unsupported by substantial evidence and failed to give proper weight to various testimony. Defendant rejected plaintiff’s contention that the ALJ’s decision was unsupported by substantial evidence and failed to properly weigh all relevant evidence. The court granted defendant’s motion and denied plaintiff’s motion–finding that substantial evidence supported finding that L.J.P. had marked, but not extreme limitation in acquiring and using Information. Since medical evidence demonstrated that L.J.P. could understand and follow simple instructions and complete simple tasks.