United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle
ORDER AFFIRMING DECISION TO DENY BENEFITS
L. ROBART United States District Judge
Nick Miller seeks review of the denial of his application for
disability insurance benefits. Mr. Miller contends that the
Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") erred in
evaluating Mr. Miller's severe impairments, the medical
evidence in the record, and Mr. Miller's residual
functional capacity ("RFC"). (Op. Br. (Dkt. # 8) at
2.) 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.
12, 2012, Mr. Miller protectively filed an application for
disability insurance benefits. (Administrative Record
("AR") (Dkt. # 3) at 21.) Mr. Miller's
application was denied initially and on reconsideration.
(Id.) After the ALJ conducted a hearing on August
19, 2014, the ALJ issued a decision finding Mr. Miller not
disabled. (Id. at 21 -30.)
decision, the ALJ utilized the five-step disability
evaluation process,  and the court summarizes the ALJ's
findings as follows:
Step one: Mr. Miller did not engage in
substantial gainful activity during the period from the
alleged onset date of January 1, 1998, through his date last
insured of March31, 2003.
Step two: Through the date last insured, Mr.
Miller had the following severe impairments: chronic C5
radiculopathy, bilateral impingement syndrome, and history of
carpal tunnel syndrome.
Step three: Through the date last insured,
Mr. Miller did not have an impairment or combination of
impairments that met or equaled the requirements of a listed
RFC: Through the date last insured, Mr.
Miller had the RCF to perform light work as defined in 20
C.F.R. § 404.1567(b) except that he needed to alternate
between sitting and standing every 30 minutes. He could not
perform repetitive handling and fingering. He could
occasionally stoop and crouch. He could not perform overhead
reaching bilaterally, He could not balance or climb ladders,
ropes, or scaffolds. He needed to avoid even moderate
exposure to hazards and vibrations.
Step four: Through the date last insured,
Mr. Miller was unable to perform any past relevant work.
Step five: Because jobs existed in
significant numbers in the national economy that Mr. Miller
could, have performed through the date last insured, he was
(See Id. at 21-30.) The Appeals Council denied Mr.
Miller's request for review, making the ALJ's
decision the Commissioner's final decision. (See Id.