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Tonapetyan v. Halter
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
242 F.3d 1144 (2001)
Silva Tonapetyan (plaintiff) applied for Social Security supplemental security income, claiming that she was disabled due to several physical and mental impairments. Following a hearing before an administrative-law judge (ALJ), Tonapetyan’s application was denied. The ALJ concluded that Tonapetyan was not disabled because although she suffered from the nonsevere medically determinable mental impairment, dysthymia, she could perform unskilled work. In reaching that conclusion, the ALJ rejected Tonapetyan’s treating psychiatrist’s opinion that Tonapetyan suffered from chronic schizophrenia and the opinion of an examining psychiatrist who diagnosed Tonapetyan with depressive disorder with psychotic features. The ALJ found that the rejected opinions were not supported by objective clinical findings and were based heavily on Tonapetyan’s subjective complaints. The ALJ relied on the testimony of one of the administration’s medical experts who found, generally, that the rejected medical opinions were ambiguous, confusing, and needed clarity. The ALJ’s decision became the final decision of the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration, William Halter (defendant). A United States district court granted summary judgment in favor of the commissioner, and Tonapetyan appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Canby, J.)
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