United States District Court, W.D. Washington
ORDER AFFIRMING DEFENDANT'S DECISION TO DENY
L. ROBART United States District Judge.
Melissa Williams seeks review of the denial of her
applications for disability insurance and supplemental
security income ("SSI") benefits. Ms. Williams
contends that the Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ")
erred in evaluating Ms. Williams's testimony and the
medical evidence in the record. (Op. Br. (Dkt. # 11) at 1.)
Having considered the submissions of the parties, the
relevant portions of the record, and the applicable law, the
court AFFIRMS Defendant Commissioner Nancy A. Berryhill's
("the Commissioner") final decision and DISMISSES
the case with prejudice.
January 25, 2013, Ms. Williams filed applications for
disability insurance and SSI benefits. (Administrative Record
("AR") (Dkt. # 7) at 10.) Ms. Williams's
applications were denied initially and on reconsideration.
(Id.) After the ALJ conducted a hearing on April 22,
2015, the ALJ issued a decision finding Ms. Williams not
disabled. (Mat 10-24.)
decision, the ALJ utilized the five-step disability
evaluation process,  and the court summarizes the ALJ's
findings as follows:
Step one: Ms. Williams has not engaged in
substantial gainful activity since July 27, 2012, the alleged
Step two: Ms. Williams has the following
severe impairments: obesity, osteoarthritis and allied
disorders, and affective disorders.
Step three: Ms. Williams does not have an
impairment or combination of impairments that meets or equals
the requirements of a listed impairment.
RFC: Ms. Williams has the residual
functional capacity ("RFC") to perform sedentary
work as defined in 20 C.F.R. §§ 404.1567(a) and
416.967(a) except that she can lift and/or carry 10 pounds
occasionally and frequently; stand and/or walk with normal
breaks for a total of about two hours in an eight-hour
workday; sit with normal breaks for a total of about six
hours in an eight-hour workday; occasionally push or pull
with the left lower and upper extremities; frequently
balance, crouch, and crawl; occasionally stoop; occasionally
climb ramps and stairs, but never ladders, ropes, or
scaffolds; frequently reach with the left upper extremity;
avoid concentrated exposure to hazards such as dangerous
machinery and protected heights, as well as fumes, odors,
dusts, gases, poor ventilation. She is capable of unskilled
work tasks consisting of simple, routine tasks with customary
breaks and lunch. She should have no contact with the public
but can have occasional contact with coworkers. She should
have no more than occasional changes in the work environment
and no strict production quotas.
Step four: Ms. Williams is unable to perform
any past relevant work.
Step five: Because jobs exist in significant
numbers in the national economy that Ms. Williams can
perform, she is not disabled.
(See Id. at 10-24.) The Appeals Council denied Ms.
Williams's request for review, making the ALJ's
decision the Commissioner's final ...