United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
JOHN L. WEINBERG, Magistrate Judge.
Type of benefits sought:
(X) Disability Insurance
(X) Supplemental Security Income - Disability
Age: 49 at application, 51 at ALJ hearing
Principal Disabilities Alleged by Plaintiff: PTSD, Anxiety, head injury, knee injury, memory loss
Disability Allegedly Began: April 1, 2009, Amended to March 17, 2010
Principal Previous Work Experience: welder, human directional (advertising sign holder)
Plaintiff Last Worked: 2010
Education Level Achieved by Plaintiff: 2 years of college, welding certificate
PROCEDURAL HISTORY - ADMINISTRATIVE
Before ALJ Verrell Dethloff:
Date of Hearing: July 27, 2012
Date of Decision: August 13, 2012
Appears in Record at: Decision AR 12-31, Hearing Transcript AR 39-49
Summary of Decision:
Claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful employment since his amended onset date. He has the severe impairments of depression, post traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder NOS, and alcohol abuse. He has non-severe impairments of trace degenerative changes in his knees, gastroesophageal reflux disease with small hiatial hernia. These impairments alone, or in combination, do not meet or medically equal a Listing. He has the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) to perform the full range of work at all exertional levels, with nonexertional limitations. He can carry out simple and some complex tasks. He can maintain concentration, persistence, and pace throughout a normal workday. He would do best with limited contact with the public, coworkers, and supervisors. Based on this RFC, claimant can perform his past relevant work as a welder, leading to a conclusion that he is not disabled. Alternatively, the claimant is not disabled under the Medical-Vocational Guidelines (MVG).
Before Appeals Council:
Date of Decision: August ...