United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
January 7, 2015
CHRISTOPHER M. WOOD, Plaintiff,
CAROLYN W. COLVIN, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION
JAMES P. DONOHUE, Magistrate Judge.
Plaintiff brought this action to seek judicial review of the denial of his application for disability benefits by the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. Dkt. 1. The parties have stipulated that this case should be reversed and remanded for further administrative proceedings pursuant to sentence four of 42 U.S.C. § 405(g). Dkt. 17.
Based on the stipulation of the parties, the Court recommends that this case be REVERSED and REMANDED for further administrative proceedings before an Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ"), including a de novo hearing. On remand, the ALJ shall reevaluate the medical opinions in the record, particularly the opinions from Drs. Clark and Gaither; in light of the de novo review reevaluate plaintiff's subjective complaints and the lay statements from Ms. Wood; reevaluate plaintiff's maximum residual functional capacity; and continue the sequential evaluation process, obtaining supplemental vocational expert evidence, if necessary.
Because the parties have stipulated that the case be remanded as set forth above, the Court recommends that United States District Judge John C. Coughenour immediately approve this Report and Recommendation. The Clerk should note the matter for January 6, 2015 as ready for Judge Coughenour's consideration. A proposed order accompanies this Report and Recommendation.