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Berruecos v. Colvin

United States District Court, D. Kansas

August 21, 2014

DAWN C. BERRUECOS, Plaintiff,
v.
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, ACTING COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY, Defendant.

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

JULIE A. ROBINSON, District Judge.

Before the Court is pro se Plaintiff Dawn C. Berruecos' Motion for Leave to File Conventional Exhibits (Doc. 9). When read in conjunction with the Letter she submitted to the Court on the same filing date (Doc. 8), the motion asks this Court to allow her to submit her own medical records in support of her administrative appeal.

But judicial review in this case under 42 U.S.C. ยง 405(g) is limited to whether Defendant's decision denying Plaintiff's social security disability benefits is supported by substantial evidence in the record as a whole and whether Defendant applied the correct legal standards.[1] The Tenth Circuit has defined "substantial evidence" as "such relevant evidence as a reasonable mind might accept as adequate to support a conclusion."[2] In the course of its review, the court may not re-weigh the evidence or substitute its judgment for that of Defendant.[3] The Court may not consider evidence outside the record before the Administrative Law Judge.[4] Plaintiff is directed to review this Court's local rule governing review of orders of administrative agencies, which includes social security appeals.[5] Under the rule, the record on review is limited to the decision to be reviewed, the findings on which it is based, and the pleadings and evidence that was before the agency.[6] The agency must file the administrative record with the clerk of the court when it files its answer.[7]

For all of these reasons, the Court must deny Plaintiff's motion to conventionally file her medical records in this matter. The Court's review of her appeal is limited the administrative record to be filed by the Secretary.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED BY THE COURT that Plaintiff Dawn C. Berruecos' Motion for Leave to File Conventional Exhibits (Doc. 9) is denied.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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