United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
MARK A. WILLIAMSON, Plaintiff,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
JOHN L. WEINBERG, Magistrate Judge.
Type of benefits sought:
(X) Supplemental Security Income - Disability
(X) Disability Insurance
Age: 49 at application, 50 at ALJ hearing
Principal Disabilities Alleged by Plaintiff: tremors, hypertension, depression, anxiety, frozen shoulder, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Disability Allegedly Began: December 31, 2009
Principal Previous Work Experience: fast food service manager, kitchen clerk
Plaintiff Last Worked: July 2009
Education Level Achieved by Plaintiff: some college
PROCEDURAL HISTORY - ADMINISTRATIVE
Before ALJ Ilene Sloan:
Date of Hearing: September 12, 2012
Date of Decision: October 19, 2012
Appears in Record at: Decision AR 10-22, Hearing Transcript AR 28-62
Summary of Decision:
Claimant has not engaged in substantial gainful activity since his alleged onset date. He has the severe impairments of essential tremors (or "action" tremors), right shoulder degenerative arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, affective disorder, and anxiety disorder. None of these impairments individually, or in combination, meet or medically equal a Listing. Considering these severe impairments, he has the Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) to perform light work, with limitations. He can frequently to climb ramps/stairs, but should never climb ropes/ladders/scaffolds. He can frequently kneel, crouch and crawl. He can occasionally perform overhead reaching with the dominant right upper extremity. He can do frequent handling and fingering with both upper extremities. Claimant must avoid exposure to hazards. He is able to understand, remember, and carry out simple, repetitive tasks with a Specific Vocational Preparation 1 or 2 (unskilled work). He can have occasional contact with the general public, but he cannot have tandem tasks or tasks involving team effort. He requires a low stress environment defined as able to adapt to occasional changes in the workplace setting. Based on this RFC, Claimant cannot perform his past relevant work. A Vocational Expert (VE) testified that he can perform the representative jobs of inspector/hand packager, electrical accessories assembler, and nuts and bolts assembler. Claimant is therefore capable of performing jobs that exist in significant numbers in the economy. He is not disabled.
Before Appeals Council:
Date of Decision: February ...